When Whistle for Willie was first published in 1964, The New York Times wrote “Mr. Keats’ illustrations boldly, colorfully capture the child, his city world. and the shimmering heat of a summer’s day.”
A little turtle, two little fish, three little bluebirds, four little muskrats, five little honeybees, six little crows, seven little crickets, eight little lizards, nine little frogs, and ten little fireflies all do what their mothers ask.
John Henry was born with a hammer in his hand. He was taller and stronger than anyone around.
When men started talking about laying railroad tracks across the prairies and deserts, and right through the mountains, John Henry knew he and his hammer had to be a part of it. And drive those spikes he did!
Then came the day when a challenge was announced: Who could dig a tunnel through a mountain faster—John Henry and his hammer? Or a steam drill?
Ezra Jack Keats Unit Study
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