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The Whisper

When a little girl receives a curious book filled only with pictures, a whisper urges her to create the words she cannot see. As the pages turn, her imagination takes flight and she discovers that the greatest storyteller of all might come from within.

A celebration of reading and the power of the imagination, two-time Caldecott Honor artist Pamela Zagarenski's debut as an author reminds us that we each bring something different to the same book.

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"A sweet-faced girl in a red hood borrows a special book from her teacher. As she runs home, oblivious to what is happening, the words escape. While a fox nets the jumbled letters, readers can discern 'once upon a time,' 'wizard.' 'bears,' etc. At home, the child is disappointed, thinking the book lacks a story. Then she hears the whisper: 'You can imagine the words…the stories….There are never any rules…imagining just is.'...Stories about storytelling can be hard sells to children, who generally prefer the familiar arc of a sustained narrative. However, the mixed-media art is so stunning in this Caldecott-honor artist's first foray into writing that they will make an exception. A sumptuously illustrated fable about the magic of storytelling and the power of imagination." — Wendy Lukehart, School Library Journal

Product Details

Recommended Age 5 - 9
Author Pamela Zagarenski
Illustrator Pamela Zagarenksi
ISBN 0544416864
Publication Date Oct 6, 2015
Publisher HMH Books for Young Readers
Language English