say "i love you" with a book

February 12, 2010

What is a Whispery Secret? by Lois Hobart, Illustrated by Martha Alexander

I feel like it has been awhile since I've shared one of my vintage favorites. This one is a 1968 Parent's Magazine Press gem (I've discovered that I am particularly drawn to books published by this company.) 

As with most vintage books, the thing that attracted me to it most was the illustrations. Isn't this butterfly just gorgeous? 

The book begins, "What is a whisper? It's a tiny little quiet little soft little voice--like this."

There are several places where you have to whisper, which is particularly fun when reading aloud with a  young child. Juliet loves the whispery parts. 

Have I mentioned my thing for owls? Well, I love them for some reason and these little guys make me love them even more. 

The story discusses different things that whisper--this page says, "The leaves on the trees whisper in the breeze." 

The little girl is explaining to her little brother what a "whispery secret" is. "Have you ever seen a mare look around and nuzzle her colt? She's telling a whispery secret." 

She goes on to tell of other mother's telling their babies whispery secrets. 

And finally, she lets her brother in on the "whisperiest secret of all":
I love you

At this point, I like to whisper I love you right into Juliet's ear and she usually follows by whispering it back to mine. 

So, while I bought it for the illustrations, I read it for the interaction it brings with my daughter. This is a great way to tell your child "I love you" with a book. 

What are your favorite "I love you" books to read with your children?

I'm linking up with Feed Me Books Friday at The Adventure of Motherhood--head over to see more books about LOVE. 


Brimful Curiosities said...

That's a whispery secret worth shouting. :)

Bobbi said...

Thank you for stopping by my blog and taking a moment to comment :)

I LOVE your blog, and the Whispery Secret is GORGEOUS! What a beautiful book! Thanks for sharing!

Jennifer said...

This book is gorgeous! Thank you for including so many images for us.

Annette said...

Beautiful! I have a thing for owls, too!

(FYI I have a children's book giveaway right now if you are interested!)

Harper said...

That sounds like a beautiful book! And I love Martha Alexander's illustrations. I used to have a couple books she did.

Ticia said...

Those are gorgeous illustrations. I love it.

Raising a Happy Child said...

It sounds like a wonderful book. Thanks for sharing it.

artsy_momma said...

That book looks beautiful! I gave you 2 awards :)

Kim said...

What a neat little book. Thanks for sharing. I didn't know you had a thing for owls. How neat.

nocton4 said...

so gorgeous.
have just dicovered your wonderful blog via magic onions .. am loving looking through it's fabness

laura said...

I think it's really cool that you have a favourite publishing company from long ago :) Those illustrations are so ethereal!

Kacey said...

Looks like a lovely book. My favorites always tend to be the vintage books.

Thanks for stopping by to visit my blog! :-)

sunnymama said...

This looks a really beautiful book and story! Thanks for sharing. I'm adding it to our wishlist. :)

Adventure Mom Janna said...

Yes! A book is twice as nice when the illustrations are well done and match the mood of the story.

You inspire me to look for vintage books! I'm going to try and link to your "books we recommend" posts soon if that's okay with you.

They are a great resource that must have taken you some time to compile

SkylarKD said...

Oh, what a beautiful book! I wish it was still in print!

vanessa said...

I was able to find it listed at anyone is interested in buying a used copy. I've always had good luck with finding quality books on that site.

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