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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.
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 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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Bear with me, please- no pun intended...O.K., pun intended. I read somewhere that every "with-it" parent had to have this book in their kid's book collection. I thought that something was wrong with me, because this book failed to produce backflips and cartwheels for me. The whole sound and moon travel deal presented in this book just goes over tots' heads. I always felt compelled to stop reading to try to explain these phenomena to my child, and the pleasure of reading would instantly disperse with this OCD moment. I also always wondered if she (my child) would be stunted if I did not explain the above. I did not live near the Grand Canyon, nor near an old well, so circumstances did not allow me to demonstrate an echo for her. I doubt that she had any notion that the moon traveled throughout the night, and trying to explain it seemed likely to create confusion; to her it was as fixed as Mommy, orange juice, and "Dora the Explorer". I mostly left the explanations alone, and jazziness was not produced by this book in our realm. By the time kids are old enough to get echo and satellite stuff, they dismiss "Moonbear" as too babyish (even as an easy reader), due to the fact that the illustrations appeal to toddlers, and have too little detail for older, exploring minds. The illustrations are simple, while the concept is not simple enough.
As an illustrator, Ezra Keats was innovative in his artwork as he developed the mode of collage as a means of illustrating a book. After Keats spent many years illustrating the books of other authors, he began writing and illustrating his own books, and was able to complete 22 throughout his career. In particular, The Snowy Day used a mixture of techniques and texture to create a mood that parallels the relaxed, yet lively words and message of the story. The combination of collage and cutouts, as well as the integration of multimedia, draws the readers further into the easygoing and simplistic nature of Peter. Ezra Keats uses many warm colors to realistically illustrate winter. He uses Peter’s red snowsuit as the main focus on the page. In terms of shape, there are many simple, geometric forms that come to life through the variety of texture included.
In The Snowy Day, the story begins by the main character, Peter, waking up to the first snowfall of the winter. The book leads the readers through his adventure in the snow, beginning with him putting on his iconic snowsuit and going outside to play. Peter walks around in the snow, leaving his footprints behind, then continues to move through the snow by dragging his feet to make tracks. Peter longs to join in on the snow fight that older children are participating in, but knew he was too young. At the end of the day, after continuing to play games and make a snowman, Peter put a snowball in his pocket to save for the next day. That night, Peter learned a lesson about what happens to snow when he takes it inside, but is excited to wake up the next day and see that new snow was still falling to the ground.
The Snowy Day is an exciting book for children ages 4-8 that can allow children to experience the adventure of a day in the snow. It is a carefree, easy to understand story that any child can relate to, whether or not they live in a city where it snows. For students of color, this clear and uncomplicated book is a must have to let them have a character that is easy to relate to. Although Peter is a male character, there are no distinctive features that would make it difficult or unappealing for a female reader. With The Snowy Day and Peter being so relatable, the overall goal of the book is to express the wonders of the world to children and show them that there are so many ways to experience nature, whether alone or with friends. Ezra Jack Keats expresses the fun, easygoing way of life that is possible for every child to achieve.
I would recommend this book to a teacher of students from preschool age to second grade. This book could be a great tool to use as an introduction to an art project or writing assignment, depending on the age of the students. In the winter, teachers can read this book aloud to their class, let them imagine themselves in the book, and then proceed on with the activity. Especially for teachers in a classroom with multicultural students, this book would give African American students the chance to relate to a young boy with the same skin color as their own.
Why 3 stars?:
This book simply failed to grab the attention of both myself and the several different classrooms of kindergartners through second graders that I read it with. I actually did not find a single child that liked it. I see some positive elements to it, but they won't work if the children don't want to look at it.