Willow’s Whispers by Lana Button, illustrated by Tania Howells
Willow’s voice was never any louder than a whisper. She wished it were louder because no one in her class could hear her speak. She got the wrong juice at snack, couldn’t tell others that she was playing with the toys, and never got picked as line leader because she couldn’t speak up. Her father knew that her voice was inside her and would find its way out. The next morning, Willow got up and made a magic microphone. When she spoke into it, her voice was strong and loud. She could speak to her classmates and ask for what she wanted. But disaster struck at the end of the day when the microphone was crushed. Could Willow find her her voice in time to be line leader?
Written with an understanding of being shy and the effort it takes to overcome, Button has captured the shy, quiet child perfectly here. The loving relationship between Willow and her father is also worth noting. He does not pressure her to change, rather it is her own decision and creativity that bring it about. Howell’s illustrations make great use of white space. They have a simple design and child-like feel to them that really works well.
This book will really speak loudly to those who are quiet. It also offers a window of understanding to those who aren’t. Appropriate for ages 3-5.
Reviewed from copy received from Kids Can Press.