The Whisper (Pamela Zagarenski)

Hello, everybody! Today, we read The Whisper by Pamela Zagarenski, a story about a little girl learning the power and magic of her imagination.

A little girl who loves to read is loaned a magical book by her teacher. But unbeknownst to her, the words of the book fly out and away on the girl’s path home, so when she goes to read it, she is confused and disappointed to find that it only has pictures! How can she read a story without any words? But the girl hears a whisper telling her that she doesn’t need the words; she can use her imagination to look at the pictures and create a story all her own!

This was a very cool book with some great elements: with enormous and finely detailed illustrations, plus unobtrusive text and open-ended stories, the book invites the reader to do the very same thing as the girl: use their imagination to create a imaginative tale of their own. The story, message and art all support this concept well. Length could be an issue for baby bookworms, and even JJ began to wiggle towards the end. For the most part, however, this is a beautiful book that encourages children to think outside the box and create worlds in their heads, and we liked it. Baby Bookworm approved!


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