Whistle for Willie

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Viking Press, Jan 1, 1964 - Juvenile Fiction - 33 pages
47 Reviews
When "Whistle for Willie" was first published in 1964, The New York Times wrote Mr. Keats

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The illustrations are really cute in this story. - Goodreads
I adore the illustrations of Ezra Jack Keats -- - Goodreads
The colorful illustrations are equally enjoyable. - Goodreads
The pictures really enhanced the overall story. - Goodreads
It would include pictures, artwork and writings. - Goodreads

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User Review  - antiquary - LibraryThing

Surprisingly technical for a children's picture book, capturing the last glory days of ships before plaes took over most passenger routes; fascinating to me as a child Read full review

Review: Whistle for Willie (Peter #2)

User Review  - Paula Heller - Goodreads

This is a great encouraging story book for young children who are learning how to do something new for the first time. This book reminds me of the saying, "If at first you don't succeed, try, try ... Read full review

About the author (1964)

Ezra Jack Keats was born Jacob Ezra Katz in Brooklyn, New York on March 11, 1916. He was a mural painter for the Works Progress Administration (WPA) for three years before taking a job as a comic book illustrator. During World War II, he joined the United States Air Corp and was a camouflage pattern designer. After the war, he changed his name to make his Jewish heritage less noticeable. He wrote and/or illustrated more than 85 children's books. The first book he illustrated was Jubilant for Sure by Elizabeth Hubbard Lansing, which was published in 1954. The first book he wrote was My Dog is Lost, which was published in 1960. His other works include Pet Show and The Snowy Day, which won a Caldecott Medal in 1963. He was also awarded the University of Southern Mississippi Medallion for outstanding contributions in the field of children's literature in 1980. He died of a heart attack on May 6, 1983.