Whistle for Willie

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

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User Review  - AlissaT - LibraryThing

Whistle for Willie tells the story of a little boy named Peter. Peter wants to learn to whistle so that he can call his dog, Willie. He tries again and again to no avail, but eventually he learns to ... Read full review

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User Review  - Karen_Curtis_Wood - LibraryThing

A book about a little boy who wants to learn how to whistle. After much practice Willie is able to do it with lots of determination. Read full review


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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.

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