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The Whale Who Wanted To Play Cello is a challenging, early reader book for budding readers, as well as a delightful picture book for very young children. While the illustrations are lovely and essential complements to the text, they, alone, do not tell the tale. Ergo, for the theme to be revealed, fully, the book must be read! Gus D. Levy, known to his granddaughters as Fado, was, before his retirement, an award-winning graphic designer and advertising executive in New Orleans, Louisiana. His long and successful odyssey in the world of advertising began after his graduation from the School of Journalism at Louisiana State University, in 1947. World War II and a detour to the European Theater as an Infantry officer in the United States Army temporarily interrupted Fado’s higher education. Fado has been devoted to his wife, Bethoe, called Mimi, for sixty-two years, and lives in Metairie, Louisiana. They have three children, talented professionals all, and four granddaughters. Elizabeth Weber Levy, called Beth, grew up in Alexandria, Louisiana and returned there after graduating from Harriet Sophie Newcomb Memorial College of Tulane University, in 1974, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in European history. The former editor-in-chief of the publication, Alive!, for the Episcopal Church in the Diocese of Western Louisiana, Beth is now a political analyst and advisor, serves as an elected, political party official, dabbles in Website design and can be found volunteering at her church, her diocese and with community organizations. Beth has been married for thirty-one years to Fado’s son, Robert G. Levy, who is an attorney. They have two, outstanding, grown daughters, Harper Levy Buman and Wallace Levy. Wallace served as editor of The Whale Who Wanted To Play Cello. When the story was originally drafted, Harper was six years old and Wallace was three.

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