Monday, August 25, 2014

Whistle for Willie Another Ezra Jack Keats Doll-Book Combo

Peter, from the book, Whistle for Willie

After purchasing The Snowy Day doll-book combination, I saw another Peter doll on eBay fashioned after the character from Ezra Jack Keats' book, Whistle for Willie (1964).  I dismissed the purchase initially but eventually gave in and purchased the doll.  Subsequently, the book was purchased to add both to my dolls with books collection and next exhibit.

Peter arrived in mint condition and is more adorable than I had imagined.  His book was a used 0.1 cents board book that looks well read.  I entered Peter's description into my Excel doll inventory workbook as follows:

14-inch all-cloth boy doll with screen printed facial features represents Peter from the book, Whistle for Willie, by Ezra Jack Keats (1964).  Wears a gray felt floppy hat with black band, removable pink and white print shirt and blue shorts, sewn-on pink socks and fabric blue shoes.  Distributed by Weston Woods, designed and manufactured by Determined productions, Inc.  ©1992 Ezra Jack Keats Foundation.

In Whistle for Willie, Peter is a little older than he is in The Snowy Day.  He now wants to learn to whistle to call his dog, Willie.  A cloth Willie is available, but Willie will not be part of my dolls with books collection.

Click the play arrow to watch a video of Whistle for Willie.



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10 comments:

  1. Yep, remember this one, too. Still didn't know about the doll.

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    1. Wonderful, Vanessa! Next to the Peter doll that came with the book, Peter's Chair, the Whistle for Willie Peter is hard to find. The Snowy Day Peter doll is plentiful. Two down and one more to find.

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  2. I believe I still have this book! My son loved reading so for him to see books he can read that show little brown boys he was all in. I love the doll. You can tell by the picture he is in excellent condition. Congrats!

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    1. Hi Brini,

      Peter (the doll) is in excellent condition. I am quite pleased. The book on the other hand is not. It's a board book that someone must have really enjoyed reading or being read to. I wiped it down thoroughly with alcohol and allowed it to dry out. The spine is loose and the edges of the cover pages are a little worn, but it will serve my purpose.

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  3. He's such an adorable looking doll. To this day I can't whistle properly, lol.

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    1. LOL! To this day, Muff, I can't whistle properly either. LOL!

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  4. I can't believe I watched that whole video. That was so cute! I've never heard of any of these books or dolls. I hope you're able to find the last doll and book in this series soon. And I also can't whistle properly to this day.

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    1. LOL! I can't believe I watched the whole video either. It's a cute story, but the narrator's voice was a little irritating for some reason.

      I guess whistling is something some of us will never master.

      I hope I find Peter's Chair doll and book combo, too.

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  5. Oh I am so jealous... I can't find even a mention of that doll anywhere online. It's wonderful

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  6. I hope you're able to find Peter. He is delightful!

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