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Five questions for Andrea Davis Pinkney

A Poem for Peter: The Story of Ezra Jack Keats and the Creation of The Snowy Day (Viking, 7–9 years) by Andrea Davis Pinkney is a loving tribute to an iconic picture-book character, Peter — one of the first African American children in picture books — and his creator, Ezra Jack Keats, author and illustrator […]

The Enduring Footprints of Peter, Ezra Jack Keats, and The Snowy Day

In the spring of 1940, twenty-four-year-old Ezra Jack Keats cut a series of black-and-white photographs out of Life magazine. The four photos showed a small African American boy in Liberty County, Georgia, reacting to a blood test being administered by a public health nurse. Prior to the test, he looked happy and trusting. Afterwards, he […]

Review of The Snowy Day

EZRA 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 […]