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The Whisper

When a little girl receives a special book, she doesn't notice that the words spill out on her way home, only to be discovered by a curious fox. By the time she gets home, she's disappointed to discover the pages filled only with pictures, but a whisper urges her to create the words she cannot see. Tentatively at first, but emboldened by the voice's assurance that there are no rules, the girl decides to give it a try and discovers the power of imagination and storytelling. As the pages turn, her creativity takes flight and she discovers that the greatest storyteller of all might come from within.

Two-time Caldecott Honor artist Pamela Zagarenski's debut as an author is a celebration of reading, storytelling, and creativity, accented with her stunning illustrations, which 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

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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