Whistling for Fun and Profit

Cecelia can whistle–and how! But me, I’m not that great at it.

Deanna Durbin Sheet music for "I Love to Whistle"

Deanna Durbin
Sheet music for “I Love to Whistle”

I remember exactly where I was when I first learned to whistle. I was 10 years old and walking to the candy store. I’d been trying for days and then, suddenly–a note! I was over the moon with joy!

Now, I’d say that I’m a so-so whistler. People tell me, though, that I whistle every song in a minor key, which does make “Whistle While You Work” sound a bit like a dirge.


Whistle while you work–grave digging?

If you’d like to learn to whistle, or to get better at it, there is help. Search videos online, or try these links:

Basics: Whistling Tom and The Nightingale

That shrill, two-fingered, calling-a-cab whistle: Highlights Whistling Page

Photo of CarolCarol Brendler is the author of the young adult novel RADIO GIRL (Holiday House) September 5, 2013.
Coming 2014: A picture book, NOT VERY SCARY, illustrated by Greg Pizzoli, from FSG.
Also by Carol Brendler: WINNIE FINN, WORM FARMER (FSG, 2009) a picture book illustrated by Ard Hoyt.


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