Whistle for Willie

by Marilyn Roca Enriquez in

Sometimes in publishing, stories come together in ways that one could never have imagined. A year ago, the first issue of OutlooK-12 magazine premiered. From the beginning, we had a School Library section, and the very first book we reviewed was Ezra Jack Keats’ “The Snowy Day.”  Now, with our magazine celebrating it’s first birthday and with the Ezra Jack Keats’ Foundation celebrating what would have been Keats’ hundredth birthday, we are dedicating this month’s School Library to Keats’ timeless children’s books. We would like to thank the Ezra Jack Keats Foundation for the book summaries, fun facts and cover images. To learn more about the foundation’s ongoing activities and events in honor of Keats’ birthday, visit http://www.ezra-jack-keats.org/

“Whistle for Willie”
1964 - ISBN: 978-0670880461

In this charming sequel to “The Snowy Day", an older and wiser Peter wants to earn to whistle. Wouldn’t it be the perfect way to call his dog, Willie? Peter tries so hard to whistle that his cheeks hurt, but he doesn’t give up. With a very light hand and his legendary illustrations, Keats creates a world in which effort yields results.

Fun Fact: Ezra often didn’t settle on a book title until he finished the book. He felt that he had to choose carefully because the title would sum up “the experience of the book.” So “The Funny Day,” which had a dog named Henry, became the more memorable “Whistle for Willie.”