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Keats's Neighborhood: An Ezra Jack Keats Treasury Hardcover – October 28, 2002
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Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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I had expected this to be the complete stories, but it's not. You would do better to buy the individual books than to buy this book.
One of the things I like about this book (and Keats's books generally) is that it portrays urban settings. As a little girl growing up in a rural Midwestern town, I honestly never noticed that the main character in Snowy Day was African-American, even though none of the kids I went to school with were. That fact was unimportant to me as a child, but I can see the value of it as an adult. Exposing our children to many cultures and races can only improve the way the next generation sees the world. From the bio at the end of the book: "Childhood, in his mind, was a colorblind experience."
Keats wrote over a hundred books. It must have been hard to pick just 10 for this collection. I think you'll love the ones that were chosen, if you don't already.
I recommend this book.
I am currently working now with a man in his 40s who is learning how to read, and he remembered Goggles being read to him when he was a little boy. He is enjoying reading these stories because they connect with him in the life he led in the inner city, and faced the same issues Peter did with the bullying older boys.
I especially love this book because it is a compilation of ten of the stories, and it traces Peter growing up through his adventures. We are reading Ezra Jack Keats: A Biography With Illustrations along with this book, and it is incredible how much of Keats' personal life is embedded in his stories. His brother Willie became the dog's name. His mother Gussie is the puppet that Louie finds. There are excerpts in between the stories from artists who worked with Keats or knew him or were influenced by him, which further expands understanding about the author/artist.
Should I ever return to the primary grades, I know for sure this book will have a key spot on my bookshelf.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Love EJK's books, but agree with some of the other reviewers that the pictures are shrunk.Published 6 months ago by Beantown Buyer
Loved this book!!!! So glad I was able to get these classic books from my childhood for my own little one..Published 10 months ago by Danyelle Garner
Excellent and fun book when reading and discussing stories and art in my classroom.Published 13 months ago by Douglas A. Gaddis
Fabulous book with commentary from other authors and artists. We read it regularly!Published 23 months ago by P. Daniels
An outstanding collection of ten books written and illustrated by
Keats. The color translation is excellent.
Love love love Ezra jack Keats!!!Beautiful book that brought me back to my childhood years reading at the church libraryPublished on January 22, 2014 by jennifer braaten
I will honestly say I am rarely disappointed with my Amazon purchases. Today is the day: the book "Keat's Neighborhood" came with a torn dust cover ( torn in three places). Read morePublished on January 5, 2012 by T. Broadway