Ezra Jack Keats





Ezra Jack Keats

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born
in Brooklyn, New York, The United States
March 11, 1916

died
May 06, 1983

gender
male

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FROM WEBSITE:
Long before multicultural characters and themes were fashionable, Ezra Jack Keats crossed social boundaries by being the first American picture-book maker to give the black child a central place in children’s literature.

In the books that Keats wrote and illustrated, he used his special artistic techniques to portray his subjects in a unique manner. One of these was his blending of gouache with collage. Gouache is an opaque watercolor mixed with a gum that produces an oil-like glaze.

The characters in Keats’ books come from the community around him. Many of his stories illustrate family life, the simple pleasures and more complex problems, that a child often encounters in his daily routine. To create his books, Keats drew upon hi...more


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Peter's Chair
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Goggles!
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A Letter to Amy
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Over in the Meadow
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Pet Show!
3.83 of 5 stars 3.83 avg rating — 302 ratings — published 1972 — 15 editions
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Hi, Cat!
3.8 of 5 stars 3.80 avg rating — 191 ratings — published 1970 — 12 editions
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Apt. 3
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“One winter morning Peter woke up and looked out the window. Snow had fallen during the night. It covered everything as far as he could see.”
Ezra Jack Keats, The Snowy Day

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