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Whistling Hardcover – April 15, 2003

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 and up
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Greenwillow; 1 edition (April 15, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060502355
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060502355
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 8.4 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #851,194 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 2-A subdued palette of forest greens and a sky washed with shades of indigo evoke the stillness of the woods just before sunrise. In the clearing, sparks from a fire spiral into the night; Jake and his father are camping out. Cozy as their plaid flannel shirts, this picture book enfolds readers in the warmth and closeness of this father/son relationship. The fabric of the story is as carefully crafted as the quilts that serve as illustrations. As she did in Pieces: A Year in Poems and Quilts (Greenwillow, 2001), Hines has masterfully created an evocative backdrop for this touching story. The deep nighttime hues transition to lavenders and corals as the boy and his dad whistle up the dawn and the sun peeks over the horizon. With a deft touch, the artist stitches individual pieces of patterned cloth into place, choosing each for its subtle creation of mood. Similarly, Partridge embroiders the details of the text with a poetic flair that adds texture and engages all the senses. As a result of this lyrical pairing, the book's quiet simplicity is a compelling and seamlessly woven collage of art and text. The final pages detail the quilter's technique so readers can create a story quilt of their own.
Laurie Edwards, West Shore School District, Camp Hill, PA
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Booklist

PreS-Gr. 1. In this beautifully illustrated picture book, a little boy and his father, who are camping out, awaken before dawn. As the sky gradually lightens, the boy wonders if he's ready. Ready for what? He is learning to whistle. After many tries and some encouragement, he finally succeeds, whistling again and again. The birds answer, his father joins in, and the sun comes up: "We whistled up the sun." The book ends with a photo-illustrated double-page spread explaining the embroidered-and-appliqued fabric technique Hines used for the lovely artwork, which creates a striking illusion of depth through the layering of material in subtle colors and patterns. Words and illustrations together communicate the tranquility of the setting, the anxiety of the child, and his satisfaction when the sun rises. Young children will enjoy the story; adults will find the unusual and distinctive illustrations fascinating. Carolyn Phelan
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More About the Author

Elizabeth Partridge graduated with a degree in Women's Studies from the University of California at Berkeley, and later studied traditional Chinese medicine. She was an acupuncturist for more than twenty years before closing her medical practice to write full-time.

Elizabeth is the acclaimed author of more than a dozen books for young readers, including Marching to Freedom: Walk Together, Children, and Don't You Grow Weary, as well as biographies of Dorothea Lange, Woody Guthrie, and John Lennon. Partridge has also written several photo biographies for adults. Her books have received many honors, including National Book Award Finalist, Boston Globe-Horn Book Award, Los Angeles Times Book Prize, a Michael L. Printz Honor, and the Jane Addams Children's Book Award. Elizabeth is on the faculty of the Vermont College of Fine Arts, MFA in Writing for Children & Young Adults.

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Yes I paid $38 for this book... because it is SO worth it... first the wonderful story of a dad camping with his son, teaching him to "whistle up the sun" is heartwarming (and too rare these days!). Then the illustrations, made from hand-appliqued quilt squares are stunning in their perfection and attention to detail. The story and illustrations combined just create a book too beautiful to pass up! It was worth every penny to me (and I guard it closely from my toddler's paper-tearing hands, only taking it down from a high shelf to read then replace it to its safe nest!).
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