Ezra Jack Keats
- Title: Whistle for Willie
- Author: Ezra Jack Keats
- ISBN: 9780670762408
- Page: 480
- Format: Hardcover
This is the simple story of Peter, who longs to whistle for his dog, Willie, and persists until he does When Whistle for Willie was first published in 1964, 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.
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A little boy wishes he could whistle, and after many attempts is eventually able to. His dog and parents are suitably impressed.This simple story will probably resonate most with smaller children who are sometimes frustrated by the process of acquiring the skills of older siblings or friends.
This now classic storybook has always been a favorite of mine. I remember trying to learn to whistle, too, and I was doing so in order to call my dad's cat in for dinner. The boy in the book, Peter, has a huge imagination and his parents support him in that, such as when he pretends to be his father and his mother tells him she thinks Peter was out with the dog and perhaps he could find him there. I like that the dog is a daschund yet no one makes fun of that. I love that the family is black, an [...]
This book is comical, and everyone would enjoy the story of a young boy, named Willie, who tries and tries again to whistle. It's such a simply story and the author, Ezra Jack Keats, really depicts the mind and behavior of a 4 or 5 year old child in this story. Just like what I had done when I was Willie's age, Willie goes on to think that if he pretended to look and act like his father, then whistling would come naturally. He tried to whistle while wearing his dad's hat,and that didn't happen. [...]
Whistle for Willie by Ezra Jack Keats is another nice book. The pictures really enhanced the overall story. Before reading this book I looked at the title and thought this book was going to be about a young boy who lost his dog. As I opened the book to the title page there was the dog alone walking the street. So those factors made me realize "Oh the dog is roaming around while his owner Willie is trying to whistle the dog home." Well I was completely wrong, Willie actually wanted to learn how t [...]
The second in his saga on "Peter," Ezra Jack Keats' sequel to The Snowy Day finds his protagonist a little older, but still as appealing as before. Peter is trying to learn how to whistle so that he can call his dog to him, the titular Willie. In picking this book back up in the library, I reminisce about my own dog that passed away a few weeks ago and remember how I felt first owning a dog. Of course, when I originally read this I did not own a dog at all. One of the things to observe here is t [...]
1- I enjoyed reading this book because is about a little boy that does not give up until he learns to whistle. The pictures are great because it demonstrates how he tries so hard to learn to whistle. This book is great for children that give up easily when learning something new in their daily lives or in school. Also, he uses his imagination like any other child while growing up. For example, he plays catching his shadow. 2- I believe after reading this book to children, they are going to want [...]
I adore Ezra Jack Keats. I love his illustration style (collage), I think his sense of composition is flawless, and the stories are great--they're stories without being preachy about something. They're stories about being a kid, from a kid's point of view. They show without telling. I love them. And this one is sweet. About the persistence that children can have about certain things.
This book is a classic for a reason. Deceptively simple text and pictures perfectly and delightfully represent the way a young child's (Peter, from SNOWY DAY) mind works.
This story is about a little boy named Peter who really wants to whistle to catch his dogs attention. He tries several times but he keeps blowing out air, no whistle. He even tries on his dads hat and pretends to be a grown up to try to whistle but no whistle. While he is out playing with his shadow, he sees his dog Willie and he tries to whistle and you never guess what happens, he whistles.
I read this book and it is about the little boy, Peter would like to whistle to call his dog Willie but try very hard but couldn't figure out how to do it. Peter sees other children whistling for their dogs. He tried to whistle in varities of ways between spinning, hiding in boxes, coloring with chalks, pretending to be his father, walking the cracks in the side walks but failed. After many attempts he finally whistle for his dog Willie. Peter was so happy to whistle. He showed his parents he ca [...]
I thoroughly enjoyed reading "Whistle for Willie", Peter is one determined little boy when it came to wanting to learn how to whistle for his dog. It shows how if you continously practice at something you want to learn it eventually pays off. The illustrations in the book reminds me of a collage, very colorful and abstract, but shows the persistance that Peter is going through to learn how to whistle. Willie is one lucky dog to have an owner who wants to do special things for him.Learning Experi [...]
Nice book about a little (black) boy who wants to learn to whistle, and, predictably, eventually does.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 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 b [...]
There's something just magical about the books created by Ezra Jack Keats. The text is simple, but with a genius for simplicity. Not a word is out of place. It draws you in and sets a tone that validates the experiences of childhood, so children connect to the character and feel their own experiences have validity. Plus, the illustrations are divine. Packed with color and pattern. (I love the way the chalk with which Peter draws scrawls across several pages.) I also love that Peter grows up in t [...]
Yolanda Mason's Review!I liked this book, it had good illustrations and a good storyline. Upon the time when this book was written the family was in a good place (mother,father,boy.) I believe there was a stereotype of blacks being able to whistle. The boy was trying to imitate his father,that should never end, the boy's mom played along. The children should respond with enthusiasm, I would emphasize it's alright to have a goal of something you would want to achieve-this is an inspiring story.
Have you ever really, really wanted to do something? How did you feel when you were finally able to do it?Encouragement. Don't be hard on yourself if at first you are unable to meet your goals. Try, try again! For a student who is struggling with a goal. Development, somethings take time. did you start talking as soon as you were born? does your little brother/sister drive the car? can you ride a bike? some things take time and that's ok! When Peter was finally able to whistle he felt what do yo [...]
This story reminds me of when I was little, trying to learn how to whistle. It's endearing and sweet.Ages: 3 - 6**Like my reviews? I also have hundreds of detailed reports that I offer too. These reports give a complete break-down of everything in the book, so you'll know just how clean it is or isn't. I also have Clean Guides (downloadable PDFs) which enable you to clean up your book before reading it! Visit my website: The Book Radar.
The storyline of “Whistle For Willie” is delightful. It shows persistence and that one should not give up when they can’t do something right away. Children would easily follow along. The colorful illustrations are equally enjoyable.To extend this book you could take the children out for a nature walk and ask them to explore the ground for a long, thick piece of grass. After finding one, show them how to use it in their hands to make a whistle sound.
Peter wants so badly to be able to whistle for his dog, Willie, like the boy he watches on the street, but he just can't do it. He keeps practicing, though, and one dayhe does it! He whistles! What child can't identify with Peter's desire to whistle?Ezra Jack Keats is an American icon of children's literature, and Whistle for Willie is a classic.
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1) Summary: This is a very sweet story about a boy, Peter, who wants to learn how to whistle. He thought that learning to whistle would be a fun way to play with his dog, Willie. So, in order to learn he practiced all day long and even put on some of his dad's clothes to make him feel older. When Peter finally whistled successfully, he and his whole family were proud of him. 2) Theme: Working hard at something can be both fun and rewarding. 3) Personal Response: This book brought me back to when [...]
1. The book "Whistle for Willie" by Ezra Jack Keats is about a boy named Peter and a dog named Willie. Peter wants to whistle so badly but has difficulty doing so. He wants to whistle so that Willie could come running. By the end of the story he blows a whistle when he least expects it. 2. I use this book as part of my Journey's Curriculum in first grade. The students love the bright illustrations and Willie. They can relate and make text-to-self connections. The students enjoy trying to whistle [...]
"Whistle for Willie" is about a young African boy who watches his neighbor, who is similar in age to him, whistle successfully and get his dog to run towards him. The boy is intrigued and tries his absolute hardest to learn how to whistle. He hides underneath a carton while bouncing playfully around the neighborhood. The purpose of doing this is to get the dog, Willie, to come to him. By the end of the book, he (predictably) learns to whistle, the dog comes to him, and Peter's parents are proud. [...]
This book was always on the shelf when I was growing up. It is about a young boy named Peter who longs to be able to whistle, but he just can't seem to be able to do it. He sees another boy whistle to a dog, and so he tries to whistle to his dog Willie, but he just can't do it. He runs home and puts on his dad's hat, and pretends to be his dad. He tries and tries to whistle but he still can't do it. Will Peter ever learn how to whistle for Willie? This book is very sweet and very simple. It help [...]
I liked the illustrations in this book. They were colorful and simple. The story is a good one to read when teaching something new and you have some students who are having difficulty with it. It teaches persistence and perseverance in a cute story. The little boy goes through different emotions and learns how to overcome his problem.
This comical book was outstanding. It it an example to children that no matter how much you may think you cannot do something, never give up that eventually you will conquer it. Although his book has good meaning the images were not as capturing to my eyes. They look blurred and not as realistic looking and clear for children.
Love Ezra Jack Keats. I love the urban setting of his books, the illustration's color palette, and what I love most is his stories are just kids doing kid things. Like spending a whole day trying to whistle. And it comes in board book! #kidsbooksworthreading #childrensliterature #kidlit #kidsbook #kidsbooks #kidsbookstagram #ezrajackkeats #whistleforwillie
This book is quite interesting and is great for teaching about patience. This book also explains that whistling can be difficult for people that don't whistle or has trouble trying to whistle. It can teach children that wanting to accomplish something is to never give up and to keep trying hard to reach that goal or wish.
It is a simple, colorful book. It is a good book to read it to the young children because they will have some kind of experiences as the boy. They are frustrated when they want to do it, but they cannot perform it. So this book can tell them they will do it someday, but they still need to practice everyday.
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