Every so often you meet a book which you need only one word to describe: magical. This book. THIS BOOK!! A friend told me about Pamela Zagarenski’s The Whisper a few weeks ago. Based on her rave reviews I rushed to get it, especially because I am a huge fan of Zagarenski’s illustrations. Not only did the book not disappoint, but my friend’s rave reviews just didn’t do it justice.
When a little girl goes home from school after borrowing a book from her teacher, she discovers that all of the words have disappeared from the pages, leaving only the illustrations for her to look at. She is frustrated at first, until she hears a whisper telling her that she can imagine the words and the stories all on her own. What follows is a child who initially grapples with the idea of putting her own words to the illustrations, but then slowly finds her voice and unlocks the doors of her imagination.
This book is gorgeous, with magnificent golden pictures that seem to hold whispers of magic on every page. It beautifully imparts to readers that there is not merely one way to tell a story, and it reminds us – even the most hesitant children and adults – that we are ALL storytellers. This has quickly become one of my all time favorites.
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