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The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats
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Dec 18, 2011

it was amazing
bookshelves: ann-arbor-district-library, picture-book, 2-6-year-olds, snow, play, caldecott-medal, winter, weather

The Snowy Day is a relatively simple picture book, depicting a young black boy enjoying a deep, white snowfall. The collage illustrations pair evenly with the narrator discussing all the activities children like to do in snow: have snowball fights, make tracks and snow angels, go sledding, or build snowmen. The colors are bright while blurry, as the snow reflects the colors of the building and Peter spends his day in total enjoyment. The repetition of the words and the use of sound words make this an effective read even for little ones. The focus of the book isn't on Peter's personality or his interactions with his mother but rather a little boy discovering all the ways he can have fun in the snow. Not to mention, Keats quietly and beautifully designs the story around a black boy--in the early 1960s. Well deserving of the 1963 Caldecott Medal, The Snowy Day should be in every public library's collection.

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