Whispers On The Water

Elin Kelsey

Soyeon Kim

Whispers On The Water (Softcover book with audio download)

Aanii, (hello) Whispers On The Water is a beautiful story from an Ojibwe community on Great Spirit Island (Manitoulin Island). The story is a teaching of how cultures today have learned from their ancestors and about living properly with Mother Earth. The story is beautifully illustrated. You can visit the island today and you will recognize the pictures in the book because they are from the land and community on the island where the grandfather and granddaughter still live today.

Whispers on the Water is a story about two big ideas. Although they may seem unrelated, together they create a lesson that is important to all of us. The first idea is about living properly as a person whose life reflects well on oneself and our ancestors. The second idea is that we see ourselves as an equal part of nature along with the land, water, and all the creatures that are part, as we humans are, of the circle of life.

Publication date May 20, 2021
Regular price $18.95
Regular price Sale price $18.95

SKU: BP100381

"Scientifically sound and philosophically profound." - Kirkus Reviews - STARRED REVIEW

"Gentle and reassuring, with amazing artwork once again, this is a book that is as hopeful as it is beautiful." - Sal's Fiction Addiction

"Kim's absorbing dioramas create tender scenes of community, intimacy, and loss...readers will appreciate the matter-of-fact, never emotionally prescriptive look at creatures’ mourning behaviors." - Publishers Weekly

"A lovely piece of enhanced nonfiction... Thoughtful and eye-opening." - School Library Journal

"This stunning picture book is unusual in many ways, from its unique and seldom-explored topic to the illustrations done in collage and created using dioramas." - Booklist

"The book adopts a gentle tone and establishes a mood of reverence and respect through Elin Kelsey’s written text and Soyeon Kim’s attractive artwork." - Canadian Review of Materials

Silver Birch Express Award, 2021

Best Books for Kids and Teens, starred selection, 2020

A Kirkus Best Picture Book of 2020

Texas Topaz Reading List selection, 2021

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Publication date

April 15, 2020

Number of pages




Interest age

From 4 to 12