For Black History Month 2020, I wanted to showcase some amazing books that have been read, reread, forgotten, discovered, and reread yet again. I will be publishing each book on every Tuesday and Thursday throughout February. These are books for every level ; some for a ride in the stroller while others are longer, young adult books. Regardless of the anyones age, these are books that have a positive, progressive social message, or strong minority and/or female characters. They promote understanding of difference, diversity, and inclusion. By being exposed to characters and stories- we teach our children, and ourselves empathy, respect for others, and visibility to the many other cultures besides our own.
Whistle for Willie By: Ezra Jack Keats
In 1964, Ezra Jack Keats published his third book, Whistle for Willie. The book tells the story of young boy, Peter, who is unable to call for his dog by whistling. After a while he doesn’t give up and eventually succeeds. The pictures are wonderfully simple and are full of bright colors giving it a unique look – collages made with cutouts of patterned fabric and handmade stamps. Peter appears in a total of seven books: The Snowy Day, Whistle for Willie, Peter’s Chair, A Letter to Amy, Goggles!, Hi Cat!, and Pet Show!
My kids have been enjoying Peter and his adventures for years. The simple plot and beautiful pictures make Whistle for Willie a favorite around our house, and I hope you enjoy it too!