Whispering Wally, written and illustrated by Kevin Scott Collier, is a lovely rhyming book with inspirational messages. All the sea creatures that meet Wally Whale wonder at his whispering. His strange behavior makes him hard to get to know. It also makes others nervous -- they think he doesn’t like them. They finally confront him and he leaves with deep sadness.
Later the sea creatures find out the reason for Wally’s whispering. They now understand and are sympathetic. Wally can finally be accepted in his community. However, there’s more to the story. Mother Nature provides an opportunity for Wally to be a hero. He finds his voice to save the day.
There are so many lessons here. How we shouldn’t rush to judgment. How things aren’t always as they seem. How people may have good reasons for behavior which seems strange or separates them from others. How your God-given gifts can be used to help others even if you don’t see it at first.
Kevin’s illustrations put us right there in the sea with all the action. Each creature’s feelings are clearly shown on its face. Kids will enjoy the rhyming and the colorful sea creatures. Parents and teachers will appreciate the lessons this story provides. Thank you, Kevin, for another fun story book that teaches gently.
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