Whistling for Angela

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Whistling for Angela

By Robin Heald
Illustrated by Peggy Collins
Picture Book for Ages 5-8
ISBN: 978-1-77278-245-5
List Price: $22.95 CAD / $18.95 USD
Hardcover with dust jacket
Trim size: 9.5 x 11 inches / 24.13 x 27.94 cm
Pages: 40

Publication Date: May 17, 2022

Distributed in the US by Ingram Publisher Services

Rights Available: World ex. North America

Daniel is preparing a special gift for his new baby sister, but will it be ready by the time they go to the adoption center?

To show baby Angela how much she is loved by her new family, Daniel wants to whistle for her like the songbirds he loves so much. But will she smile for him? When they arrive at the adoption center and Daniel still hasn’t got the knack of whistling, it’s Jessie, Angela’s birthmother, who knows just what to do.

Whistling for Angela celebrates the familial bonds formed through the act of adoption. Illustrator Peggy Collins’ heartwarming close-ups of the families’ loving interactions create an intimate atmosphere throughout all the emotions of the day. In her author’s note Robin Heald shares the inspiration for the story, which came directly from her own experiences with adoption. She also explores the increasingly common practice of building connections between all three sides of the adoption triangle: the child, the birth family, and the adoptive family.

Awards and Honours:

School Library Journal “Eight Picture Books That Celebrate the Diversity of Motherhood” Feature

2022 The Children’s Book Council “May: Hot Off the Press” feature


“A first purchase for libraries where books about adoption are in demand.”— School Library Journal

“I think it’s an important story to be told, and it echoes the author’s experience when adopting her own daughter.”— Youth Services Book Review

Robin Heald skillfully brings the different stories together in this touching picture book.”— The International Educator

Whistling for Angela is a perfect story to share with families and in the classroom.”—CM Magazine