Ann Tompert The Silver Whistle

ISBN 13: 9780027891607

The Silver Whistle

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A prize-winning play from England, and long a favorite throughout Britain. A Silver Whistle, possessing magic powers, is lost; and great adventures are had in the search for it. Originally written for audience participation, the play is readily adaptable to both non-participation format, and to semi-arena or proscenium. A countryside near a town. Cast of 10 men, 3 women, although women may portray several of the male roles.

A Silver Whistle, lost by a Princess, has magic powers. It may be used to summon the Slave of the Whistle who obeys commands, grants wishes, occassionally issues warnings or reproof. Magic, trickery, theft, and the intervention of a bird bring about changes in the whistle's ownership. Its uses result in exciting and sometimes awkward situations. Finally, the Policeman asks the audience for assistance in his search for the whistle. Their ready help may be accepted and used, or skillfully rejected by the actors, provided the whistle is ultimately returned to the Princess, who, with the Policeman, decide how best to deal with it.

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Grade 1-3 Miguel is set in his determination to sell the clay whistles that he makes and purchase a silver one to present at the shrine of the Infant on Christmas Day. Due to his kind heart, he finds himself divested of funds and is left with only a clumsy clay whistle, the first he ever made, to present. Yet it is this gift that earns the place of honor at the shrine, and the special favor of the Infant. This Christmas story, set in Mexico, is sweet without being saccharine, but the straightforward telling lacks dramatic punch. Peck's ink and watercolor illustrations are workmanlike but uninspired. Still, for collections that need books on Christmas customs, this is worth consideration. Ann Welton, Lake Dollof Elementary School, Auburn, Wash.
Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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