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Whistle for Willie by Ezra Jack Keats
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Dec 22, 09

bookshelves: contemporary-realistic-fiction, picture-books, prek, read-a-loud
Read in December, 2009

Peter wishes he could whistle to call his dog, Willie, but he can’t. Instead, he walks around his neighborhood, practicing, playing, and pretending to be grown up. Peter, an African American, shares glimpses of the inner city as he walks around in this illustrated in Keats’ distinct simple collages. In the end, Peter’s practice pays off and the
reader learns a valuable lesson about perseverance. It is also a book to
teach the value of practice, expose children to different cultures (demonstrating similarities), and what a city neighborhood is like. The collage artwork is distinct to Keats, but not a specific segment in time.
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