Whistle for Willie: 05/22/15
My daughter is an Ezra Jack Keats fan, especially his Peter books. One of her recommendations to me was Whistle for Willie, the sequel to Snowy Day.
It's spring time now and Peter and his dog, Willie, are out exploring the city block. Peter desperately wants to learn how to whistle so he can call Willie whenever he needs to. Whistling doesn't come easy, though.
As with Snowy Day, Peter isn't completely focused on learning how to whistle. Peter, like real children, gets distracted. He does other things when he can't whistle and is bored of practicing. Those asides give Peter a chance to grow as a character while showing children more of Peter's neighborhood.
My daughter learned in school that Keats used wallpaper as one of his materials in this book. So on our second read through the book we paid special attention to the illustrations. She pointed out all the wallpaper to me that she could find.