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The Snowy Day (Peter #1)

4.11 of 5 stars 4.11  ·  rating details  ·  68,169 ratings  ·  1,468 reviews
Winner of the 1963 Caldecott Medal!

No book has captured the magic and sense of possibility of the first snowfall better than The Snowy Day. Universal in its appeal, the story has become a favorite of millions, as it reveals a child's wonder at a new world, and the hope of capturing and keeping that wonder forever.
The adventures of a little boy in the city on a very snowy d
Paperback, 40 pages
Published October 28th 1976 by Puffin Books (first published 1962)
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Until The Snowy Day (published in 1963), American children's books featured white children as the heroes (if you know of one that didn't, I'd love to hear about it). In the biography on his website, Ezra Jack Keats says:
Then began an experience that turned my life around—working on a book with a black kid as hero. None of the manuscripts I’d been illustrating featured any black kids—except for token blacks in the background. My book would have him there simply because he should have been there a
Gosh, this cover just takes me back to my childhood! I don't know that the book was ever a "favorite" of mine, but I do remember the little boy in his snowsuit (I was obsessed with that snowsuit!) and his fun in the snow. I've always had a bit of a soft spot for Ezra Jack Keats and have read several of Peter's stories through the years.

I still adore Peter's excitement over the snow, and the simple but loving way his story is told. It really captures the child's joy in the little things; making o
The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats

The Snowy Day was a 1963 Caldecott Medal winner. Now, 50 years later, this book is still available at your local library. It was written and illustrated for children ages 3 to 8. I guess it just shows that a simple story and colorful pictures can withstand the test of time.

This is a story of what a young child does on a snowy day. It may be a bit nostalgic for some older readers. Perhaps for children growing up in the 60’s and 70’s it was a fine book to read. We
“The Snowy Day” is a Caldecott Medal Award winning book by Ezra Jack Keats that details Peter’s adventures on a snowy day. “The Snowy Day” is clearly one of Ezra Jack Keats’ most enchanting books for children!

Ezra Jack Keats has done a great job at both illustrating and writing this story. Ezra Jack Keats’ illustrations are truly creative and colorful to look at as the characters and the environment surrounding them look like something cut out of a cardboard as the characters and the environment
There's a reason this book is a classic, Keats was able to really listen to the phrase "less is more" when he created this perfect little kids book. The pictures are warm and inviting, they directly interact with the text, making each page a fun adventure playing in the winter. Peter explores many of my favorite aspects of palyign with snow, from snow ball fights (though he decides not to take part), to snow angels, to trying to hold on to snow even inside (even though the snow ball melts in his ...more
Mar 13, 2014 j rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2014, nina
I like to imagine this book from the boy's parents' perspective.

"But when he woke up, the snow was still there, and new snow was falling!"

..and dad is outside swearing as he tries to shovel out his snowed-in car so he can go to work. Meanwhile, mom has slipped and fallen on the puddle of water left when the snowball the idiot child tried to carry inside in his pocket melted. She calls and calls for help, but her son doesn't hear her because he is outside making snow angels and pathetic two-segm
This book looks really familiar, like maybe I actually read it as a child. I've learned that even though I thought that I read as a child I must have only read things that would never be deemed 'classics', or maybe I just only re-read the same books over and over again.
This book captures a nice nostalgia for being little and having a snow day, when the time seemed to stretch out forever and so much shit was packed into the day that now it's baffling how you could ever do so much.
As a little ki
I loved this book when I was a wee one. It made me think a snowy day is magical. :D

Looking at this book actually made me tear up a little. Going through some boxes I saw this lying at the bottom and was instantly transported across space and time to my childhood. I remembered for the first time in many many years a time when I was innocent, and a certain clarity that this novel brought me.

You might be sneering or contorting your face in some representation of disbelief, (stop doing that btw, it’s not flattering) but stay with me for a second and let me explain.
It was my second
Ken Moten
Feb 13, 2014 Ken Moten rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: kids, people interested in what I read as a child
Recommended to Ken by: Green Valley Elementary School
Ezra Jack Keats was a children's writer/illustrator primarily active during the 60s &70s. He was the 3rd child of Polish-Jewish immigrants and lived much of his life in his native Brooklyn, NYC. I could go on about that but what I want to focus on is this book and Mr. Keats' literary cannon in relation to me in the 1990s.

The book is a very simple tale of a little boy who goes out and explores his neighborhood in the snow--nothing complicated. So why is this book so celebrated 49 years later
I haven't read this to my niece and nephew, and I don't know if I ever will. My mom read this to me when I was a kid, and I *love* this book. I love Peter's little red suit, I love the colors and illustrations in this book, I love the little snow angels and the little duck feet Peter makes when he walks. I love the plop of snow falling on his head--just *everything*! I'd be heartbroken if my niece and nephew didn't love this one, too, and to be honest, I kind of just want The Snowy Day to always ...more
Beth Sniffs Books
Ignorant me had no idea that Ezra Jack Keats was a white, Jewish guy from Brooklyn until I read his blurb in The Barnes & Noble Guide to Children's Books (my review) So I think that just adds another level of coolness to this book. THE SNOWY DAY is a classic and award winner for a reason — it’s a timeless tale that captures the magic (and adventure!) of the first snowfall of the season. The illustrations are incredible — especially the snow with its beautiful iridescent sheen.

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the illustrations alone in this book make it worth having.
This book is also a part of the Kindergarten reading plan for our charter school and we read it today. Although I could see no great wonder in the story, or the "okay" illustrations that won a Caldecott award, my 5 yr old son's whole face was lit up during the entire read. Perhaps because it's August, the time of year that we get tired of the heat and bugs and look forward to sledding and snowball fights, that he enjoyed it so much. In any case, he loved it and wanted to read it again, so we'll ...more
I grew up (and still live) in Northern Ontario. We get a lot of snow. This book was written in 1962. It captures perfectly my sixties childhood in winter. I remember my teacher reading this aloud to us and holding up the book so we could see the pictures. My sister gave me my own copy of this a few years ago. I'm so glad. I love the illustrations and the simplicity of the story. Every time I look at it I think back to the five of us, growing up in a small town, being sent out to play in the snow ...more
Renee M
A real treasure. I figure out some reason to read this to my students every winter. It's such a gem.
Panda Incognito
This is one of my favorite books from childhood, and now that I am older, I can better appreciate how unique and special it is. Nowadays, it is fashionable and even ordinary for picture books to portray a wide variety of cultural backgrounds and skin colors, but this was published when that was not vogue, and the author himself was white, which I confess I did not know until I just looked this up on Goodreads. I'm used to stories of people fighting to portray their own cultures as valid and wort ...more
Sarah BT
I remember seeing The Snowy Day on Reading Rainbow as a child and enjoying it. Reading it again as an adult, I still enjoyed it. I even read this one while I was babysitting recently, and the two-year-old I was watching requested it be read over and over. It's truly a classic that has stood the test of time and I believe it will continue to do so.

The artwork doesn't have a lot of detail, but it transports the reader into it's snow filled pages. It's simple, but the snow covers all the outdoor
Peter wakes up to a snow covers world outside his his red snow suit he sets out to explore this new world. The snow makes wonderful crunching noises as he leaves footprints behind him. Them he drags his feet and leaves long streaks in the snow.he uses a stick to make a third line in the snow and to encouraged snow to fall from a nearby tree.some of it gals right on his head.
He tries to join in with the older boys in a snowball fight but its a little to advanced for him, so he tries so
Sierra Gonzales
The Snowy Day written by Ezra Jacks Keats is an everyday tale about a young boy named Peter experiencing his first day in snow. This Caldecott award winner depicts the boys interests and discoveries as he travels and explores in this winter wonderland.

This selection definitely deserved the Caldecott Award because:
~The new White Wonderland as displayed in the illustrations was actually a plethora of colors, which differentiates from most illustrators depictions of snow; instead of the monochroma
Patricia Stephens
This book seemed so magical to me and I don't know why. You would think reading a fairytale would put you in that magical mood, but this simple book about snow is the one that did the trick. I believe this was because of the illustrations, and how well the author portrayed the wonderful feeling of one simple moment in a child's life. I have never seen the snow in my life until I was 17 years old, and it was the most magical moment in my life like the one in this book. One illustration that reall ...more
Marybeth Batie
This story of a young African American boy who wonders the city on a snowy day is simple and magical at the same time. The freedom the boy has is shown through the fun he has playing and exploring the snow. For a children's picture book, it's very simply illustrated, but with most of the city covered in white, making the reader want to jump into the pages to build a snow man or go sledding. This book is definitely for a lower reading level, however it can be enjoyed by readers of all ages becaus ...more

Ezra Jack Keats’ The Snowy Day was awarded the Caldecott Medal in 1963. As he notes in his acceptance speech, "[it was] the very first full-color picture book to feature a small black hero" (Caldecott Medal, 1963). Published in 1962 at the height of the Black American Civil Rights Movement—and prior to the assassination of President John Fitzgerald Kennedy— children’s author Anita Silvey is quoted as saying “His act of bravery was matched by that of the Newberry-Caldecott committee when they hon

Matthew West
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I picked this up at my library the other day and was amazed to see the 50th Anniversary sticker on the cover. Really? FIFTY? No matter, this lovely story is timeless and adorable and wonderful. May it live another 50 years... and more.

2008 Truly classic, wonderful and timeless.
So I'm ashamed to admit that this was the first time I had ever read this book to my son. I mean come on it is a classic. I must have read it about 50 times as a kid and here I am..bad mommy that I am I have never read this one to my son. Well, I happily remedied that mistake and in doing so can cross another book off the 1001 book challenge.

Snowy day tells the adventures of one little boy spending the day out playing in the snow. He even puts a snowball in his pocket to play with later only to
Guadalupe Sanchez
36. The snowy day by Keats Ezra Jack
Genre: picture book Reading level: 1-3 grade Format: good

The book The Snow Day by Ezra Jack Keats is about a little boy who wakes up to snow. He gets super excited and puts on his warm clothes. He goes outside and goes into an adventure. He starts walking in the snow and notices he is leaving a footstep trail in the snow. While he is in his adventure he notices a group of older boys playing in the snow he wants to join them but he doesn’t because he knows he
Kiera Burnett
Summary and Critique:
Keats brings a new meaning to having illustrations tell the story as her book would actually be incomplete without the assistance of the drawings. One example of such an occurrence is when she tells of how the boy walked with first his feet turned in, and then with his feet turned out. Instead of trying to describe this movement and the subsequent tracks in the snow, she instead shows this through illustrations. This slight trick forces the reader to read more than just the
Charlie George
Another one where it is difficult to put my finger on why it is so good. This one in particular is warmly familiar from the forgotten days of early childhood, which helps it out a lot.

I like that it is about a child from the projects, whose friend lives in the apartment across the hall. I like that it is set in the big city, rather than some idealized, rustic rural paradise, or ghod forbid the suburbs.

Of course I like most of all that it's about snow. More specifically it is about what great f
Rain Misoa
Sep 04, 2011 Rain Misoa rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Ages 0-3 and people would want an adventure in the snow!
Recommended to Rain by: We Give Books
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This is one of the children's books that I read for We Give Books, A Pearson Foundation Initiative to help children all around the world obtain books. It's an organization that gathers many campaigns in one spot on the web to encourage people to read many books for children. With every book you read, one gets donated to the campaign you signed up for. (There's quite a few campaigns available.) A very good friend of mine, Nicole Terazue, recommended this site to me since she knew I loved reading ...more
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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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