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My dog is lost!
Keats, Ezra Jack.
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Publication Information:
New York : Viking, 1999.

Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 24 cm
Two days after arriving in New York from Puerto Rico, eight-year-old Juanito, who speaks no English, loses his dog and searches for it all over the city making new friends along the way.
Reading Level:
AD 210 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 2.5 0.5 68583.
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Central Library PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Childrens Area-Picture Books

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One of the first books Keats ever wrote, My Dog is Lost! is an appealing story about a Spanish-speaking boy on his second day in New York City, struggling to find his lost dog. Effortlessly mixing Spanish phrases with their English counterparts, this bilingual book is just as relevant today as it was when it was first published more than 30 years ago.

Author Notes

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.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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