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The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats
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Sep 29, 08

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Category: Picture Book, Caldecott Winner
Audience: Baby-Preschool
Brief Description: A snow day allows Peter to explore the wonders of a snowy city, and hopes that it will last.

I remember reading this book as a child and the pictures themselves bring back more memories than the story. Even then this book remains memorable because the main character was African-American. It was one of the first books I remembered seeing that featured a character who looked liked me. Even for a children’s book, there is not much to the story, I think the pull lies in the pictures and the imagination evoked by such brilliant images. Esther Ehrlick from Common Sense Media seems to be taken mostly by the artwork which she says has "spare--simple geometric shapes without much shadowing--yet the pictures burst with brilliant color and expression.” In addition something she mentions is what also drew me to favor this book, “A bonus in this sparkling story is the African-American main character--an all-too-rare occurrence, still, in children's literature.” The publisher, Puffin, has a (not surprising) glowing review, “it reveals a child's wonder at a new world, and the hope of capturing and keeping that wonder forever,” but it is one with which I happen to agree.
Sources:
“The Snowy Day” (Book Review). (1984). Emergency Librarian, p.19.
Common Sense Media. [Review for the book The Snowy Day]. Retrieved on October 2, 2008 from http://www.commonsensemedia.org/book-...
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erin duncan Yes! I couldn't remember what this was called, but I was thinking of it recently and remembering how much I loved it.


Erin Yeah my mom brought a bunch of books over because I'm taking a Children's Materials class and it was a walk down memory lane! oh btw, welcome to QCP!


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