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Whistle for Willie Board Book Board book – May 1, 1998
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A little boy goes about his daily routine, all the while trying to learn how to whistle. "Oh, how Peter wished he could whistle!" We enjoy tracing a chalk line with him, trying on Daddy's hat, and walking to the store. And when he finally whistles, well, don't we ALL just feel proud? Yep!
Colorful collages illustrate this Ezra Jack Keats classic, and I am sure you will "Whistle for Willie" again and again, because this is a story that BEGS to be read over and over!
It's always nice to have picture books that feature black kids that take place in the US and that don't make "being black" the focus of the story, or else talk all about some "issue". The truth is that there aren't enough books that fit that criteria, and sometimes I think it's nice for my biracial nieces to be able to see books about kids who act and look like them, y'know? So we've got a lot of books by Ezra Jack Keats.
It's also interesting to me to see how much freedom Willie has. Clearly, this book was written in a less paranoid (if not actually any safer) time.
Peter would like to whistle. He would like it very much, but try as he might he just cannot figure out how to do it. Though Peter sees other kids whistling for their dogs, when Peter whistles for his dauchund Willie he finds he hasn't the skill. We observe Peter as he goes about his day, trying to whistle between spinning, hiding in boxes, coloring with chalk, pretending to be his father, and walking the cracks in the sidewalk. At long last, after many failed attempts, Peter successfully whistles for Willie. Delighted, he shows his parents and after being sent to the grocery store he whistles all the way there and all the way back.
First of all, this is the book to present to those people that believe that children's short attention spans are a new occurrence. Observe, if you will, the multitude of activities and games Peter partakes in, usually leading back to his attempts to pucker up his lips and blow. This is one active (though not necessarily hyper) kid. You have to like Peter, just as you have to like the story in which he has been placed. It's a nice one, with realistic dialog and funny moments for kids to enjoy. When Peter puts on his dad's hat and pretends to be him, his mom plays right along. There's a real sense of trust to this book as well.Read more ›
My one-year-old daughter loves finding the dog on different pages. I do the whistling for Peter and she does the barking for Willie. One day we read the book inside a cardboard box like the one Peter hides in in the book, and she thought that was great.
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The is a delightful read for my both of my children. My 5 year old just learned to whistle and so this was really fun. I wish Ezra Jack Keats was still around. Read morePublished 6 days ago by S. Neyhart
Loved reading Ezra Jack Keats to my daughter years ago so I bought this for my grandson. He enjoys it a lot. The collage like illustrations are wonderful. Read morePublished 19 days ago by GXW
Keats has been my go to author for childrens books for many years. It is important for children of color to see someone that looks like them and he was the first to use... Read morePublished 19 days ago by marcia
Quick read for my 6 year old, but EJK describes wonderful tales that will make parents love these books as much as the others.Published 1 month ago by Jeremy Dukette
I remember loving these as a kid and now my son loves these as well.Published 5 months ago by GearMouse
The magic of Ezra Jack Keats transcends time. His stories are filled with hope, wonder, and beauty.Published 5 months ago by S. P. McBride