- Age Range: 2 and up
- Grade Level: Preschool - Kindergarten
- Lexile Measure: AD500L (What's this?)
- Series: Picture Puffins
- Paperback: 40 pages
- Publisher: Puffin Books; Reprint edition (October 28, 1976)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0140501827
- ISBN-13: 978-0140501827
- Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.2 x 8.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (598 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,683 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Snowy Day Paperback – October 28, 1976
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The Snowy Day, a 1963 Caldecott Medal winner, is the simple tale of a boy waking up to discover that snow has fallen during the night. Keats's illustrations, using cut-outs, watercolors, and collage, are strikingly beautiful in their understated color and composition. The tranquil story mirrors the calm presence of the paintings, and both exude the silence of a freshly snow-covered landscape. The little boy celebrates the snow-draped city with a day of humble adventures--experimenting with footprints, knocking snow from a tree, creating snow angels, and trying to save a snowball for the next day. Awakening to a winter wonderland is an ageless, ever-magical experience, and one made nearly visceral by Keats's gentle tribute.
The book is notable not only for its lovely artwork and tone, but also for its importance as a trailblazer. According to Horn Book magazine, The Snowy Day was "the very first full-color picture book to feature a small black hero"--yet another reason to add this classic to your shelves. It's as unique and special as a snowflake.
From Publishers Weekly
Now in a sturdy board-book format just right for youngest readers, Ezra Jack Keats's classic The Snowy Day, winner of the 1963 Caldecott Medal, pays homage to the wonder and pure pleasure a child experiences when the world is blanketed in snow. (Viking, $6.99 15p 6 mos.
up ISBN 0-670-86733-0 Jan.)
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Audio Cassette edition.
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FYI - not sure about the reviews mentioning a color issue. The book I received looks perfectly fine. (we have the board book version)
The text, similarly economical, is made up of just enough words to tell the story -- none of them too hard for a young reader to sound out or for a young listener to understand -- and they are vivid words used powerfully, often rhyming or repeating. The result is that kids (and parents too!) can settle into Peter's snowy world. A bonus in this sparkling story is the African-American main character -- an all-too-rare occurrence, still, in children's literature. I try to expose my child to a diverse array of characters in his story books and am still left disheartened when I return from the book store because, unfortunately there really are too few choices that are quality stories that both the adult and child can enjoy reading. This is one of those books. The story is engaging and still simple enough that a child can follow along.