Perfect for fans of Liz Garton Scanlon's All the World and Amy Krouse Rosenthal's I Wish You More, this charming, whimsical story about one imaginative little girl’s magical world is sure to enchant readers young and old.
Follow the girl throughout a day spent in her own backyard, and you'll discover lots of secrets only she can tell. For example, did you know that whispers hide in trees? Or that trees make great umbrellas? With a simple, poetic text from Kallie George and extraordinary illustrations from debut artist Paola Zakimi, here is a book families will read again and again and treasure for years to come.
As this pensive story opens, a girl sits curled up by a window; her dog gazes out at the garden, where rain falls. "I know lots of secrets," the girl says, addressing readers. "Like... Secrets are for whispering." A page turn shows her out in the garden, dressed in a raincoat, viewed through leafy branches ("Whispers hide in trees"). "Trees make great umbrellas," reads another spread, as the girl sits in a tree house with her dog, protected from the rain. Her linked musings progress ("Sunshine marks the spot... for finding buried treasure. True treasure is a friend"), and she's joined by a friend who helps her retrieve a telescope that they use to stargaze under the same "umbrella" of a tree. Zakimi (Teddy & Co.) draws animals and plants and their varied textures with care, quietly underscoring the small wonders found in a backyard; matte paper and a restrained palette add to the sense of tranquility. George's (The Lost Gift) poem celebrates nature, friendship, and understanding things not just with the head but with the heart. Ages 3 7.