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When Mama goes to town for the day and Dooley the dog runs off after a rabbit, a child trusts that Aunt Whistle will be able to call them back home again
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A spunky aunt remedies an acute case of separation anxiety in this feel-good story, the first picture book from YA novelist Honeycutt ( Ask Me Something Easy ). The narrator and her dog join Aunt Whistle on an apple-picking excursion after Mama heads into town in the pickup truck. When the pooch bounds away to hunt rabbits, the youngster becomes tearful from "too much leaving." Aunt Whistle promises to bring the dog home, boasting that she has whistled home "a pig from his wallow," "a sheep from clover" and "your uncle Bob from Kansas City to marry me." The first-person, present-tense narration serves up folksy, literary comfort food: "Then Aunt Whistle sets down the comb and gets me all tangled up in one of those hugs, and says, 'She is coming back. Yes, she is. Not right away, but soon, she'll be back. I don't need to whistle for her.' " Cannon's ( You Hold Me and I'll Hold You ) bold acrylics--rendered in striking purples, blues and reds--utilize unusual perspectives and inset illustrations to convey both the plot and its emotional content. Particularly winning are her depictions of Aunt Whistle (purple knit cap plunked down over long braids) and the famous whistle that ricochets from her mouth as jagged red lightning bolts. Ages 4-6.
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A little girl's anxieties about her mother's return when she's left for a few hours with her wise, empathetic ``Aunt Whistle'' are obliquely expressed in her concern for her dog Dooley when he disappears after a rabbit: ``What if he doesn't come back?...Suppose he gets lost? Suppose he forgets about us and never comes back at all!'' Aunt Whistle assures the young narrator that ``If need be, I can whistle up Dooley''; and after they finish picking apples, she does. So why not whistle up Mama? Because she'll ``come back all by herself.'' A nicely understated exploration of a common fear, as reassuring as the hugs this child gets, at all the right times, from both mother and aunt. Cannon's wonderfully expressive paintings, in bold swatches of richly saturated colors delineated with broad lines of subtler tones, capture the girl's mood and her essential security. Nice. (Picture book. 4-7) -- Copyright ©1993, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.
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Book Description Orchard Books, 1993. Condition: New. Annie Cannon (illustrator). book. Seller Inventory # M053105490X
Book Description Orchard Books, 1993. Hardcover. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX053105490X