Oh, Ezra Jack Keats—I am not worthy. Mr. Keats has been a favorite artist and voice in my reading world as far back as I can remember. As an adult though, I find myself admiring his work for different reasons. Keats can capture such realism and grit in his tales and descriptions that I just don’t see or hear in modern picture books. Like a time capsule or bubble of history, his stories hold and display actions or objects not seen in kids’ books anymore. Readers will come across shouting, fightin ...more
The text is rather simple and straightforward. It is about a boy named Sam and his younger brother Ben trying to figure out the identity of the mysterious harmonica player. It's filled with childlike investigation by eavesdropping and hiding fr ...more
Summary: The story of two children who live in a city apartment and go in search of the source of harmonica music they have heard before. They visit the doors of their neighbors to try to discover who is playing the strange music.
Evaluation: While I enjoyed the story itself, I cannot get past the fact that two children, who are obviously scared, enter into the apartment of a strange man who lives in their building. They do end up making friends with the man with the harmonica, but I would not r...more
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 ...more