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A Poem for Peter: The Story of Ezra Jack Keats and the Creation of The Snowy Day

by Andrea Davis Pinkney
Illustrated by Lou Fancher and Steve Johnson

Published by Viking, 2016
52 pages
ISBN: 978𢠦25287682

As a child in the 1960s, Andrea Davis Pinkney was affected profoundly by The Snowy Day. It was the first book she encountered featuring an African American child like her. Her ingenious poem is a celebration of both the character Peter and of his creator, Ezra Jack Keats. Keats started out life as a poor Jewish boy in Brooklyn who dreamed of being an artist. Peter of The Snowy Day makes several of what Pinkney describes as 損eek-a-boo appearances throughout this lyrical account of Keats life, 搘aving at the reader. When Keats was working early in his career as a comic-book artist, for example: 揟he brown-sugar boy / in a blanket of white / began to ignite by what kids saw, / and didn抰 see, / in the not-so-funny comics / Ezra was made to draw. / All the heroes in all the comics / were always as white as a winter sky. This tour-de-force is illustrated brilliantly with acrylic, collage, and pencil artwork that gives a true sense of Keats抯 own artwork. 2017 Cooperative Children抯 Book Center


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