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In a dingy tenement building, the sounds of a harmonica intrigue two brothers and send them off in search of the musician. They find a blind man, and begin a friendship. PW's comment: "Keats is no stranger to miracles, as two boys discover the miracle of music and the miracle of compassion in themselves."
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About the Author

Ezra Jack Keats (1916–1983) is the Caldecott Medal winning author of The Snowy Day, which broke ground in 1962 as one of the first picture books for young children to portray a realistic, multi-cultural urban setting. Since its initial publication, The Snowy Day has come to be regarded as both a children’s classic and one of the most important picture books ever written/illustrated. Ezra Jack Keats’ legacy lives on in the popularity of his most famous character, Peter—the star of The Snowy DayWhistle for WilliePeter's ChairA Letter to AmyGoggles, and others. Visit the Ezra Jack Keats Foundation online at www.ezra-jack-keats.org

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 7 years
  • Series: Picture Books
  • Paperback: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin Books (May 24, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140565078
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140565072
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.1 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #102,518 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ezra Jack Keats (1916-1983) is the Caldecott Medal winning author of The Snowy Day, which broke ground in 1962 as one of the first picture books for young children to portray a realistic, multi-cultural urban setting. Since its initial publication, The Snowy Day has come to be regarded as both a children's classic and one of the most important picture books ever written/illustrated. Ezra Jack Keats' legacy lives on in the popularity of his most famous character, Peter--the star of The Snowy Day, Whistle for Willie, Peter's Chair, A Letter to Amy, Goggles, and others. Visit the Ezra Jack Keats Foundation online at www.ezra-jack-keats.org.

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 19, 2000
Format: Paperback
I first read this book to my daughter when she was 4-years-old. The New York tenement setting was such a foreign world in contrast to her suburban Dallas upbringing that she was immediately enthralled with the fact that so many families of diverse ethnic backgrounds would all live in one building. Keats paints such a vivid word picture that a child as young as she could easily be drawn into the story line. The characters and events became real to her, to the extent that she could literally hear the harmonica playing. My daughter begged to revisit this story and consequently every trip to the library for the next year included Apartment 3. To this day, at age 29 and expecting her first child, she still recalls this book and wants a copy of her own.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Anna McCall on April 12, 2013
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I am a teacher and this is one of my favorite books to read to my kids. The story is about Sam, a kid in an apartment building in a city on a rainy day. He observes all the sounds he hears but he is enchanted with the sound of music coming from one of the apartments. He and his brother set off to find the source of the sound. When he finally finds it, the vivid imagery is magical. When the man plays the music, Sam says, "He played purples and grays and rain and smoke and the sounds of night." Gorgeous.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on September 12, 2008
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I purchased this book as a donation to a book collection drive for young children. Along with their engaging story lines, one of the things that I love about the Ezra Jack Keats books is the artwork. That is probably what attracts most people to the books. The vivid, beautiful colors and stylish designs always catch the eye of both children and adults. Then, they fall in love with the charming stories of children's adventures in life. Apt. 3 does not disappoint. I definitely appreciate the fact that the main characters are black children because it is not easy to find storybooks that include them or feature them prominently and positively.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tracy Stock on July 5, 2015
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Written in 1971, Ezra Jack Keats APT. 3 is one of many books penned by the esteemed author. As a preschool teacher, I have been reading Keats’ books to my students for 25 years. Beholden in his stories are concepts waiting to be brought to life by the reader; lessons that beg the creative application by teachers and parents alike.
In APT. 3, young brothers Sam and Ben follow their curiosity from floor to floor and door to door throughout their apartment building. They explore, in search of the origin of the music that they have heard. Their investigation eventually leads them to the dark apartment of a blind neighbor who goads them into coming in, and closing the door behind them.
When he wrote APT. 3, Ezra Jack Keats intention was undoubtedly, to foster the values that contemporarily we have come to understand as diversity, acceptance, and respect for human differences. Most of us strive, with intention, to instill these values in children. We often teach them simply by precept and example. Keats recognized the need for such teaching.
For this teacher, presently the most opportune lesson that APT. 3 provides is in the examination of the perilous risks that the young boys take. In writing APT. 3, Keats unknowingly created a realistic scenario that we can frighteningly identify with, in regards to the vulnerability of children. The world in which we presently live, demands that we teach children never to put themselves within reach of such dangers. It is our responsibility to teach children the lessons of self preservation.
I began my lesson by reading APT. 3 in its entirety to my class. I followed up with questions about what the boys experienced as they moved through the halls of their building. Were the sights, sounds, smells good or bad?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By noodle on October 2, 2007
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This book is a wonderful read aloud to share with any grade in school as it can be adapted to suit different age groups & their comprehension abilities. Along with Keats' other books, it has an urban theme & great to use as a mentor text or author study.
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