MISS WHISTLER

MISS WHISTLER

by Peter Nourjian, Rod Knox
     
 

A small African-American girl growing up poor can't speak because the industrial around the trailer she lives in has damaged her vocal chords. Her Mom works long hours, leaving her daughter alone, her only friends the neighborhood birds who she chirps playfully chirps with. A terrible traffic accident sends a tractor trailer truck crashing through a guard rail, headed…  See more details below

Overview

A small African-American girl growing up poor can't speak because the industrial around the trailer she lives in has damaged her vocal chords. Her Mom works long hours, leaving her daughter alone, her only friends the neighborhood birds who she chirps playfully chirps with. A terrible traffic accident sends a tractor trailer truck crashing through a guard rail, headed for the trailer. The birds clutch the night gown of their little friend with their beaks and carry her far away to a country setting by a winding stream. The next morning she's discovered by an elderly couple sleeping in their car. They feed her, give her a bubble bath and the husband, a musical director, marvels at the songs she and the birds whistle together. Meanwhile, her Mama is broken-hearted, thinking her daughter perished in the firey crash. She loses the will to live and is taken in by a hospital for the homeless. On a walk one day with a nurse, she sees a picture of her daughter on the front page of a newspaper, under the headline: MISS WHISTLER MAKES CONCERT DEBUT. Of course no one believes that it's her daughter. On the night of the performance she sneaks in to the music hall. The show is a huge success. When Mama rushes the stage the director grabs her and leads her off the stage. But the birds come to her rescue, swooping down on him until he lets her go. Daughter and her mother are reunited, a world tour is planned for Miss Whistler and the birds, and wha follows is a happy ending filled with love, hope and inspiration.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940014324618
Publisher:
Studio Poets
Publication date:
03/13/2012
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
1 MB
Age Range:
6 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Peter Nourjian has written a book that's truly a sweet song without music. MISS WHISTLER is a rhythm of rhymes across the page like the flock of the birds she sings with. The illustrations by Jamaican artist Rod Knox are as exciting as a comic book, yet as rich and textured as fine gallery art. What unfolds is an emotional tale that sinks to the deepest lows, teeters on the edge of hope, lose its balance, catches a rip and climbs to the heights of success. Young and old readers alike will fall in love with MISS WHIS, and finish reading her story with a tear and a smile every time. - Jeanette Woolley, NEA

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