Keats's Neighborhood: An Ezra Jack Keats Treasury

Keats's Neighborhood: An Ezra Jack Keats Treasury

by Ezra Jack Keats, Anita Silvey
     
 

Ezra Jack Keats is widely acknowledged as one of the first people to feature realistic, friendly, multi-ethnic urban settings in his picture books-forever changing the landscape of children's literature in the process. Now this beautiful collection brings together nine of his best-loved stories, including the 1963 Caldecott Medal-winning book The Snowy Day

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Ezra Jack Keats is widely acknowledged as one of the first people to feature realistic, friendly, multi-ethnic urban settings in his picture books-forever changing the landscape of children's literature in the process. Now this beautiful collection brings together nine of his best-loved stories, including the 1963 Caldecott Medal-winning book The Snowy Day and Caldecott Honor book Goggles!, plus Whistle for Willie, Peter's Chair, Apt. 3, and others. Also included is artwork from an unfinished picture book, The Giant Turnip, published here for the very first time. An introduction by celebrated critic of children's literature Anita Silvey outlines Keats's career and inimitable contributions. In addition, five of the most important writers and illustrators working in the field today share their thoughts on Keats and the legacy he left behind. An afterword describes his incredible life, from his childhood in Brooklyn to children's book legend.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Keats's Neighborhood: An Ezra Jack Keats Treasury pays tribute to the life and work of the celebrated children's book creator. An introduction by Anita Silvey puts his books in the context of their time; illustrators such as Jerry Pinkney and Simms Taback describe the influence of Keats's work on children's books in general or their own in particular; and the attractively designed volume concludes with a brief biography. The work offers 10 complete stories (the trim size slightly enlarged from the original) including the Caldecott Medal-winning The Snowy Day (1962); Goggles! (1969), a Caldecott Honor book; and other favorites, such as Whistle for Willie (1964) and Peter's Chair (1967), plus sketches from The Turnip Seed, which Keats was working on at the time of his death in 1983. Photographs, original sketches and drafts round out the presentation.
Children's Literature
Reading Keats's Neighborhood together may have families viewing their neighborhoods in a different way. As this volume of ten stories makes clear, Ezra Jack Keats's genius lay in his ability to portray, without sentimentality, the vitality and grit of the city. His text and collage art celebrate the lives of creative urban children. In his Caldecott-winning The Snowy Day, Peter enjoys the season's first snow, which transforms the entire city. In Jennie's Hat, a little girl feeds hungry birds, which make her an amazing chapeau. In the mysterious Apt. 3, Sam and Ben search out the source of some lonely music and befriend a grouchy neighbor. A foreword by Anita Silvey and a brief bio and photos of the author provide a glimpse of the man behind the books. 2002, Viking,
— Mary Quattlebaum

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780670035861
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
10/28/2002
Pages:
128
Sales rank:
299,888
Product dimensions:
10.60(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

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