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Title:
Little Whistle
Author:
Rylant, Cynthia.
Personal Author:
Publication Information:
San Diego : Harcourt Brace & Co., 2001.
Physical Description:
32 unnumbered pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm
Summary:
At night after the shades are drawn, a small guinea pig shares adventures with the toys in Toytown, the toy store where he lives.
Language:
English
Reading Level:
AD 660 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 3.9 0.5 47330.

Reading Counts RC K-2 3.4 2 Quiz: 24653 Guided reading level: I.
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ISBN:
9780152010874
Format :
Book

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Summary

Summary

Toytown looks like any other neighborhood toy store, with stuffed animals, wooden sailors, favorite games, and beautiful dolls on all the shelves. But it's also the place an adorable guinea pig named Little Whistle calls home. And at night in Toytown, when the shades are drawn and Little Whistle is awake, magical things happen. . . .
The first of Little Whistle's delightful nighttime adventures, this sure-to-be-classic from beloved author Cynthia Rylant will make Toytown a place every young reader will want to visit.


Author Notes

Cynthia Rylant was born on June 6, 1954 in Hopewell, Virginia. She attended and received degrees at Morris Harvey College, Marshall University, and Kent State University.

Rylant worked as an English professor and at the children's department of a public library, where she first discovered her love of children's literature.

She has written more than 100 children's books in English and Spanish, including works of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. Her novel Missing May won the 1993 Newbery Medal and A Fine White Dust was a 1987 Newbery Honor book. Rylant wrote A Kindness, Soda Jerk, and A Couple of Kooks and Other Stories, which were named as Best Book for Young Adults. When I was Young in the Mountains and The Relatives Came won the Caldecott Award.

She has many popular picture books series, including Henry and Mudge, Mr. Putter and Tabby and High-Rise Private Eyes. (Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Ages 3^-5. This sweet story, reminiscent of an earlier time, introduces Little Whistle, a guinea pig and the only living thing in the toy store. Each night, when the owner goes home, Little Whistle wakes up, puts on his blue peacoat (given to him by a wooden sailor), and begins his evening. He visits with his friends, watches the doll that eats cookies and the stuffed rabbit that runs, and there's always a tea party going on. It would be hard to find illustrations better suited to the text than Bowers'. There's a hint of Norman Rockwell in his expertly executed art, but children will simply enjoy looking at all the toys, which seem so tantalizingly real. The weak link in the book is that nothing really happens. The flap copy indicates this is to be a series, so one hopes that Whistle and the gang will start having a few adventures. Tea parties will take them only so far. --Ilene Cooper


Publisher's Weekly Review

This first book in the series introduces Toytown plus the "real" guinea pig star of the title, and his toys-who-came-alive-at-night companions. PW called the artwork "refreshingly lighthearted and full of character." Ages 3-7. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 1-This first offering in a new series introduces a guinea pig that lives in a toy store. During the day, he sleeps in his cage. At night, however, when Toytown is closed, Little Whistle ventures out and looks for adventure. When no one is around, all of the toys come to life and have a wonderful time. The guinea pig doesn't mind when any of his friends are sold, because he knows that they love to be taken home by children. This book has a nostalgic ambience. In the store, there are dolls having a tea party, marbles, jacks, checkers, stuffed animals, wooden toys, but nothing electronic and certainly no Barbie. The language also has an old-fashioned quality: "-it made a very dashing wardrobe!" The artwork, oil paint on canvas, is outstanding. The use of color and shadow brings the toys to life and the pictures reinforce the old-time feeling. Each toy is unique and expressive and Little Whistle is chubby and cuddly. The story is sweet but rather uneventful.-Marlene Gawron, Orange County Library, Orlando, FL (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


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