Whistle for Willie

Whistle for Willie


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Since it was first published in 1964, Whistle for Willie has delighted millions of young readers with its simple writing and its striking collage artwork depicting the story of Peter, who longs to whistle for his dog. The New York Times wrote: "Mr. Keats's illustrations boldly, colorfully capture the child, his city world, and the shimmering heat of a summer's day."

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780670762408
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 09/28/1964
Series: Viking Kestrel Picture Books
Pages: 40
Sales rank: 190,813
Product dimensions: 8.31(w) x 9.31(h) x 0.34(d)
Lexile: AD490L (what's this?)
Age Range: 3 - 7 Years

About the Author

Ezra Jack Keats (1916–1983) is the Caldecott Medal winning author of The Snowy Day, which broke ground in 1962 as one of the first picture books for young children to portray a realistic, multi-cultural urban setting. Since its initial publication, The Snowy Day has come to be regarded as both a children’s classic and one of the most important picture books ever written/illustrated. Ezra Jack Keats’ legacy lives on in the popularity of his most famous character, Peter—the star of The Snowy Day, Whistle for Willie, Peter's Chair, A Letter to Amy, Goggles, and others. Visit the Ezra Jack Keats Foundation online at www.ezra-jack-keats.org

Date of Birth:

March 11, 1916

Date of Death:

May 6, 1983

Place of Birth:

Brooklyn, New York

Place of Death:

New York, New York


Thomas Jefferson High School, New York City

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Whistle for Willie 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book shows a child that if they keep practicing that they will finally succeed, as does Willie (Pete).
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
There were not alot of books with brown faces on the cover . But this one did ! All of Ezra Keat's bookswere exciting to me. They often took place in a city. And they were the stories a child could relate to, told using a child's voice. My sisters and I cheriahed these books for years and still do today. I am sixty four and I still enjoy this book and the others we've read over and over and over again.
kdcoshatt on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is about a little boy named Peter who wants to learn to whistle so that he can call his dog when it is time to go home. Peter finds that he cannot whistle no matter how hard he tries. He tries to find things to help him whistle, like wearing his father's hat and pretending to be him.
acwheeler on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Cute story about whistling. Teaches children how to whistle and has amazing illustrations!
crashingwaves38 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I didn't really care for this book. It kinda meandered away from the point for the majority of the book. Part of the reason he wanted to learn how to whistle was so that he could hide and whistle for his dog just so the dog would get confused when he couldn't find who was whistling. How nice is that? The only good thing I can say about this book is that it teaches that practicing is the best way to gain a new skill. Otherwise, it just wasn't a great book. Or even a good book, really.
cvyork on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Great book! I know why I liked it so much when I was kid. Great book to have in the classroom... or a read aloud.