Can You Whistle, Johanna?

  • Interest Level: Kindergarten - Grade 5
  • Reading Level: Grade 2

Why doesn’t Berra have a grandfather? And how can he get one? Ulf suggests that there are plenty of old men at the retirement home. Berra and Ulf go there together to find one—ideally one who eats pig’s trotters, invites you to tea, and can teach you to whistle.

A funny, sensitive, illustrated chapter book about a friendship across generations. Stark’s writing covers every emotion, sometimes in the same sentence.

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Interest Level Kindergarten - Grade 5
Reading Level Grade 2
Category SEL: B Self-Management, SEL: C Social Awareness, SEL: D Relationship Skills, Social Emotional Learning
Copyright 2021
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Gecko Press ™
Language English
Number of Pages 80
Publication Date 2021-02-02
Text Type Fiction
BISACS JUV039030, JUV013100, JUV045000
Dewey [Fic]
Dimensions 5.7 x 8
Lexile 640
ATOS Reading Level 3.4
Accelerated Reader® Points 1.0
Features Awards, Original artwork, Reviewed, and Starred Reviews

Author: Ulf Stark

Ulf Stark (1944-2017) is one of the world's great writers. He is author of more than 30 books for children and has won many prizes for his stellar work. He was shortlisted for the Hans Christian Andersen Award in 2018.

Illustrator: Anna Höglund

Anna Höglund is one of Sweden's foremost illustrators, who has written her own books as well as illustrating the work of other leading authors, and received many international awards.


  • Kirkus Best Middle-Grade Fiction Book, Winner, 2021
  • Kirkus Best Middle-Grade Book, Winner, 2021


Kirkus Reviews

“A sweet, tender, never maudlin evocation of an intergenerational friendship.”—starred, Kirkus Reviews