Whistling for Angela Reviews

School Library Journal

“A little boy prepares to meet his newly adopted baby sister Angela by learning how to whistle for her. Daniel loves songbirds, but has been struggling to learn how to whistle. When he arrives at the adoption center with his family, his new sister’s birth mom shows him just what to do. This sweet, informative story sheds light on a particular kind of adoption experience.”

Youth Services Book Review

This sweet look at the constructive and loving relationship between parties in an ‘adoption triangle’ may not be the norm, as is mentioned in an author’s note at the end, but it helps to explain ‘why’ and ‘how’ to an expectant sibling. I think it’s an important story to be told, and it echoes the author’s experience when adopting her own daughter.

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The International Educator

“Whistling for Angela by Robin Heald, illustrated by Peggy Collins, is a beautifully executed picture book that will work on many levels. Mostly it is the story of a new big brother preparing a special gift for his new baby sister.  It is the happy story of a family adopting a baby. And it is the important but sad story of a birth mother finding a loving home for her baby.”

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CM Magazine

“As she describes in her “Author’s Note”, Heald has used her own experiences with adoption to help convey those emotions to readers. There is anxiety and sadness for everyone involved, but also happiness, love, and a potential for new bonds. Heald offers an opportunity for connection and representation for readers, whether a child has been adopted themselves, or a parent has adopted or had to give their own child up for adoption. Whistling for Angela is a perfect story to share with families and in the classroom.”

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