“Shhh… Imaginations at work”

“Shhh… Imaginations at work”


The Whisper

In The Whisper, a little girl is given a magical storybook, but the words have fallen out of the book. No words = no story, thought the girl until she studies the pictures in the book and begins to wonder. Soon her imagination takes flight and she invents her own stories.

The Whisper marries the elements of a wordless picture book with a text picture book to create a story within stories. Beautiful illustrations capture readers’ imaginations, prompting readers to use their storytelling skills to continue the story author/illustrator Pamela Zagarenski began. This book promotes discovery, wonder, imagination, and visual intelligence.

TITLE: The Whisper

AUTHOR: Pamela Zagarenski

ILLUSTRATOR: Pamela Zagarenski

PUBLISHER: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2015


CREATIVE COMPONENTS: discovery, wonder, imagination, visual intelligence


1) In the story, the girl titles the pictures to begin her stories.

thewhisperpageWhat title might you give this picture? Write a story to accompany this picture, adding your own illustrations.

2) Learning how to read pictures is an important literacy skill. Pick up a picture book and flip to any page. If there are words on the page, don’t read them. Instead you are going to read the picture. To get started, ask these questions.

-What do you see?

-Who are the character(s) in this picture?

-What are the characters doing and why are they doing it?

-Are they friends?

-What is going to happen next?

-What would you title this picture?


To learn more about Pamela Zagarenski, visit: http://www.pzagarenski.com

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