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Review of The Snowy Day

The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack KeatsEZRA JACK KEATS, Author-Illustrator
The Snowy Day (Viking)

In this mood book, never static but sparkling with atmosphere in lovely water-color pictures, a small boy experiences the joys of a snowy day. The brief, vividly expressed text points out his new awareness of the sight and texture of snow (the crunch, crunch of his feet making tracks), the sound (the plop of snow smacked off a tree with a stick), and the fun of playing with snow — then his thinking and thinking about the outdoor adventures later in warm bathtub and bed, while more snowflakes fall. Perfect for a snowy day’s preschool story hour. VIRGINIA HAVILAND

From the February 1963 issue of The Horn Book Magazine.

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