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The Snowy Day Paperback – Picture Book, 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.
“Keats made Peter’s world so inviting that it beckons us. Perhaps the busyness of daily life in the 21st century makes us appreciate Peter even more—a kid who has the luxury of a whole day to just be outside, surrounded by snow that’s begging to be enjoyed.” —The Atlantic
"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."—Publisher's Weekly
- Lexile measure : AD500L
- Item Weight : 4.3 ounces
- Paperback : 32 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0140501827
- ISBN-13 : 978-0140501827
- Dimensions : 7.44 x 8.94 x 0.19 inches
- Reading level : 2 - 5 years
- Publisher : Puffin Books; Illustrated edition (October 28, 1976)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #584 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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To me, it's one little lesson that kids should learn young--that all people share similar feelings, that all people are equally human, that we all experience similar joys and disappointments, and that we're all very similar under the skin.
It's also a fun little story with a straightforward but important message about childhood--and life--and the artwork is astonishingly beautiful in its simplicity.
A classic for so many great reasons.
FYI - not sure about the reviews mentioning a color issue. The book I received looks perfectly fine. (we have the board book version)
Top reviews from other countries
It is a wonderful book about discoveries and a creative little mind.
You should get this book because it gets my brother to speak and read too. My favourite part is when Peter makes a snow angel and a snowman. The funny bit is when he thinks his dreams will come true. That's why you should get the book. Age 0-8