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SKATES! is Keats' second wordless picture book featuring animals rather than people as characters. The first one was PSSST! DOGGIE. In both books, the reader is encouraged to participate in the action of the "story" in his own way. Children of all ages are drawn into the humorous drama of this story by the vivid and engaging illustrations.
Published by Franklin Watts (first published 1973)
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[2.5 rating]Such vibrant and energetic illustrations featuring the silly antics of the dogs on skates. There is hardly any text which makes this a great book for a child to “read” to him or herself, a friend, or an adult.

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Dec 11, 2015 Shelley rated it it was amazing
I loved it, but I am biased cos I adore Keats' illustrations, which were brilliant, vibrant, and showed the movement of the dogs trying to skate. I had no idea we owned this book at my library. What a treasure to find. Needs a new mylar cover so it does not look so old and beat up cos it is in a real good condition on the inside.
A little bit of crazy fun as two dogs find some skates and do their best to avoid disaster. Just as they decide to give up, they find an opportunity to be helpful heros.

Not as colorful or gritty as the Peter series of book by Keats, but still fun.
Feb 02, 2009 Lisa rated it liked it
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A story about a couple of dogs that put on some skates that were thrown in the garbage and they whirl and twirl around trying to gain their footing.

I like the story because it is told without words and the children look at the pictures to find out what is happening in the story.
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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 gou
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