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Whisper on the Wind by Claire Saxby and Jess Racklyeft

Title: Whisper on the Wind

A red and white lighthouse looking out over the ocean, the moon, and a boat. Whisper on the Wind by Claire Saxby and Jess Racklyeft

Author: Claire Saxby and Jess Racklyeft

Genre: Fiction

Publisher: Allen and Unwin

Published: 1st April 2022

Format: Hardcover

Pages: 24

Price: $24.99

Synopsis: A stunning picture book about separation, connection and reunion from the team behind the glorious Iceberg, renowned picture book creators Claire Saxby and Jess Racklyeft.

This is the wind
that carries the whisper
from Ren’s dream.

This is the sailor,

long at sea,
who catches it.

The multi-award-winning duo behind Iceberg returns! With its lyrical, cumulative text and whimsical, richly imagined artwork, Whisper on the Wind is a celebration of the wonders of the ocean and the power of love to find us – wherever we are.


Ren is sitting in bed when she has a special dream. The wind catches it, and it floats across the seas, through the air, and with various animals to reach a sailor who hasn’t been home for a long time. It is this whisper that captures the beauty of love, and the wonders of the ocean and the vastness if the world as love manages to cross all boundaries and find us wherever we are.

This is another beautiful picture book that I got to review from the publisher, and I have to say that there have been many lately that are as evocative as this one, and that capture the beauty of love using simple language and rhythm, combined with exquisite water colour images that sing and dance with the words. Picture books are their own kind of magic – and a kind of book that has no age limit. Whilst other books may specifically be targeted at certain audiences, picture books are those books that we can all love and appreciate whatever our age, and I still have some of my favourite childhood ones, as they serve as reminders of a special journey.

When it comes to ones like this that look to the magic of love, and its power to cross boundaries and evokes a sense of eternal beauty and hope, these are the ones that all generations and ages will appreciate, and everyone will get something different out of it. Something hopeful, something powerful, and something ethereal that reminds us that even if we can’t physically be with the ones we love, that we will always find ways to show that we love, and the people we love will know – it shows that love is a huge part of us, and it means something different to everyone.

This beautiful and gentle book shows that sometimes it is the quiet moments and quiet books that have the strongest messages for us in this ever-changing world where we don’t know what is going to happen next, and can be reassuring when readers are faced with lots of uncertainty and adversity in their lives. It’s comforting and the pictures by Jess Racklyeft perfectly capture the emotive sense of Claire Saxby’s gentle and reassuring, rhythmic words that swim and float around the pages as you read.

Another delightful story!

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