On this episode of The Children’s Hour, we explore whistles and flutes through stories, poetry and music, with special guests Dr. Crawford McCallum, Enid Howarth, and flutist Ingrid Berg.

Ocarina from Mesoamerica

We learn about the ancient types of whistles, why they were used, and how the sounds change when flutes came into play. Hear the ancient okarina, a double pipe flute, and the boatswain’s whistle.

This episode is filled with stories where whistles and flutes play significant roles in the tales, including the Pied Piper of Hamelin, and others.

We also hear poetry celebrating whistles, and the entire episode is mixed with excellent music. Get ready to whistle along with The Children’s Hour!

Playlist: Whistles & Flutes

Whistler's DelightDJ RikoPFunk Is Playing At My HouseVirgin04:51
The WhistlerJethro TullSongs from the Wood (Remastered)2003 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company03:31
AhlinhanAgnes AkouakouComptines de cajou et de coco2018 Didier Jeunesse01:14
Whistle While You WorkLouis ArmstrongDisney Songs the Satchmo Way1996 Buena Vista Pictures Distribution, Inc.01:53
Jazz WhistlerAlessandro AlessandroniSelected Library Music2010 Flipper02:30
The Magic WhistleTom PaxtonI've Got a Yo-Yo2019 Pax Records03:57
Hey! What Did the Bluejay Say?Maria MuldaurAnimal Crackers In My Soup2002 Music For Little People02:30
Don't Worry, Be HappyBobby McFerrinThe Best of Bobby McFerrinThis Compilation 1996 Blue Note Records02:06
Dance of the Reed Flutes from the Nutcracker SuiteBeethoven's WigMany More Sing Along Symphonies2006 Rounder Records00:45
BirnamJackie Joyce, Michaela Rowan & Mouth MusicMo-Di1993 Triple Earth03:21
Whistling CarusoAndrew BirdThe Muppets (Original Soundtrack)2011 Walt Disney Records01:15
Whistle WorkPodington BearJoyful2014 HUSH01:38
The Happy WhistlerDon RobertsonThe Happy Whistler (Digitally Remastered) - Single2010 Bacci Bros Records01:37
The Happy Happy Whistling SongBilly KellyThe Family Garden2011 Billy Kelly1:55