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Whistling    by Elizabeth Partridge & Anna Grossnickle Hines order for
by Elizabeth Partridge
Order:  USA  Can
Greenwillow, 2003 (2003)
* *   Reviewed by Hilary Williamson

This father and son picture book is unusually illustrated with vibrant hand-sewn quilts by Anna Grossnickle Hines (she explains at the back how she made them). It's night-time at the campsite and stars glitter in a clear sky. 'The air is tingly and cold' as Daddy rouses Jake from his warm sleeping bag. He wonders if he's really ready. His dad thinks so; 'You can do it' he says. They spot deer and a rabbit as they wait.

As the sun rises and the stars wink out of the sky, Jake tries, and soon he's 'softly, so softly' whistling. As they practice together, Jake says 'Together our whistling is strong and true.' Elizabeth Partridge has captured a precious moment, when a father teaches his son something simple, and the child is exhilerated by his achievement. The quilt pictures add an extra dimension, that emphasizes the old-fashioned value of a delightful picture book.

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