As I walked through the bush the other day the birds were singing including our wonderful Australian Whip birds. When I hear a Whip bird I just have to whistle to try to trick the bird’s mate into answering me.
Whistle for Willie is a book about learning to whistle but this cannot be your only reason for seeking out this book. Ezra Jack Keats is a very special story teller and illustrator. Take a look at my review of Jennie’s Hat. Once again Ezra Jack Keats uses fabulous collage papers and graffiti back grounds to show the inner city world of our hero Peter. Peter takes a journey through his neighbourhood. He sees a large empty cardboard box. He would like to hide in the box and whistle as a trick to surprise his dog Willie. Peter tries and tries but no whistle comes but he is a boy with a dream and with perseverance. So Peter tries one more time. “He blew and blew and blew. Suddenly – out came a real whistle!” I especially love the way Peter’s mum joins in with his imaginative play.
You might also like to look at A Snowy Day which is the first book about Peter. You can read about all the Ezra Jack Keats characters here. Also here is a short video of someone reading this book. One more thing I have discovered there is a sculpture of Peter and his dog in Prospect park in Brooklyn New York. I visited the park this year but I did not know about this statue. Perhaps one day you will visit this. Beside the statue you can see Peter's little chair. This playground is sponsored by the Ezra Jack Keats foundation.
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