Willow's Whispers

32p. 978-1-55453-280-3.
PreS-Gr 1 Willow speaks in whispers so low that no one can hear her. She wants to speak louder, but she just can't, so everyone ignores her. Her father tells her that a big voice is stuck inside her, and will one day come out. Then she gets an idea. She makes a magic megaphone from recycled items and presses it to her lips; her voice comes out loud and strong. All day her classmates and teacher hear her and include her in their activities. But at the end of the day, she drops the megaphone and it breaks. Wanting to be heard, she speaks out in her own strong voice. Everyone cheers. Simple cartoon illustrations capture the child's emotions as she struggles to be heard. Crisp lines with added color on a white background provide an overall sense of unity and balance to the story. Limited text and simple sentences, combined with a strong character who solves her own problems, make this a successful selection."Margaret R. Tassia, Millersville University, PA" Copyright 2010 Media Source Inc.
"Willow's words came out in whispers." Her classmates and teacher take little notice of her until she makes a magic microphone from recycled materials and uses it to project her voice. The message trumps the story in this pedantic offering about a young girl struggling to be heard. Spare digitally rendered drawings have a childlike quality but are devoid of emotion.

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