The Whisper

The Whisper


Whenever I am struggling with things, I turn to my books. Just being amongst them is something I find very soothing- the feel of the paper and that wonderful ‘book’ smell as well as the sight of their beauty. This weekend, I spent a lot of time looking through shelves, rediscovering treasures and this was one I found. ‘The Whisper’, written and illustrated by Pamela Zagarenski, is such a lovely book which is perfect for using with a class.


When her teacher lends her a special book, the little girl cannot wait to get home and start reading it. On the way, however, the words fall out of the story and she is faced with a book full only of pictures. A small whisper on the wind tells her to imagine the stories which the pictures tell- and she does, creating the first few lines to accompany each picture. She returns the book, full of the stories she has to share…


A joyous celebration of the power of imagination, of sharing stories and of the wonder of each individual bringing something of themself to everything they read, ‘The Whisper’ lends itself beautifully to creating stories and inspiring illustration. Each spread is full of amazing details to explore and wonder about.


From references to Aesop’s fable, ‘The Fox and the Grapes’, a quote from Longfellow at the beginning to the stunning illustrations, this book is so inspirational that we have gathered our thoughts and have created planning ideas for this book which will soon be available on the Members’ Section of our website. A book list of books about books and stories will also be available very soon.

‘An ode to the imagination’, The Whisper is full of possibilities and wonder.

The Whisper written and illustrated by Pamela Zagarenski

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt ISBN: 978-0544416864