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A Letter to Amy by Ezra Jack Keats
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Jun 02, 08

bookshelves: kids-babytoddler, wishlist

My friend introduced me to Ezra Jack Keats, a white guy who writes stories about african people in urban settings, and I thought, "I could really like his work."

So I read the book she had on hand, "A Letter for Amy". I was intrigued with how the unique art style captured a cityscape setting. The story was engaging, told in an appropriate manner, yet alluding to older themes by illustrating the challenges children face (in this case, how does a boy ask a pretty girl to his birthday party?).

Not only is the urban setting and respectful treatment of a minority a refreshing addition to children's books, but thought the story was excellent. Themes of loyalty, awkardness, compassion and desiring to do something nice for others were addressed.

I will look for more of his work in future library trips.
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