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The Whisper

by Dawn Stoops | Dec 09, 2015

The Whisper, written and illustrated by Pamela Zagarenski, is just the book for those who love stories, and books, and fanciful pictures. At its core, this book is about a little girl who borrows a magical book of stories from her teacher. When she discovers that there are no words in the book, she's troubled and a little confused. Then, a mysterious whispering voice tells her to imagine the stories that the pictures tell. Page after page she tries this new kind of 'reading' and starts to get the hang of it. The next day, when she returns the book she becomes part of another story all together.

As a librarian, I'm often asking myself how a book could be used. What is it good for? In this case, the answers are plentiful and vast. First, it's a great sharing book with young kids because the story is engaging and the pictures have hidden clues and characters who travel along with you in unexpected ways. Second, it's simply beautiful! Anyone can soak in the lovely paintings that make up the pictures of this book and come away happy. Third, there are some great writing prompts in this book that older elementary and middle school kids could use to create stories of their own. The little girl doesn't complete each of the stories that she images from page to page in the magical book, but the readers could. What a great way to join the story, imagining, which is often the best part of a book!

dawn Dawn is a librarian, mother, and crafter who loves stories and art, so it's only natural that she loves kid's books the best (with cookbooks a close second).  Her favorite story is Duck on a Bike by David Shannon and her favorite illustrator is Lisbeth Zwerger.

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