The Snowy Day

The Snowy Day

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by Ezra Jack Keats

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A small boy experiences the joys of a snowy day.

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Barnes & Noble Staff
Peter wakes up to find the world covered in snow-crisp, clean, and white. Excitedly, Peter ventures out to play. His feet make a variety of tracks, and when he hits a snow-laden tree with a stick, the snow falls off-plop! onto his head. Keats's sparse collage illustrations capture the wonder and beauty a snowy day can bring to a small child.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Now in a sturdy board-book format just right for youngest readers, Ezra Jack Keats's classic The Snowy Day, winner of the 1963 Caldecott Medal, pays homage to the wonder and pure pleasure a child experiences when the world is blanketed in snow. (Viking, $6.99 15p 6 mos.-up ISBN 0-670-86733-0 Jan.)

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Penguin Group (USA)
Publication date:
Picture Puffins
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Product dimensions:
9.00(w) x 7.50(h) x 0.30(d)
Age Range:
3 - 5 Years

Meet 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 DayWhistle for WilliePeter's ChairA Letter to AmyGoggles, and others. Visit the Ezra Jack Keats Foundation online at

Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
March 11, 1916
Date of Death:
May 6, 1983
Place of Birth:
Brooklyn, New York
Place of Death:
New York, New York
Thomas Jefferson High School, New York City

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The Snowy Day 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 48 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A delighful book that has become a classic. I read it to my children, my preschool class, and now am sharing it with my grandchildren.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
His illustrations alone are worth looking at. This is a classic. I taught for many years and this was a standard during the winter season.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Waking up to a white blanket of freshly fallen snow is one thing that can brighten a child¿s day, and it definitely brightened Peter¿s day in the book 'The Snowy Day,' by Ezra Jack Keats. Keats was born in New York on March 11, 1916 and died May 6, 1983. Throughout his life, his mother encouraged his talent, but his father seemed only to criticize his ability. As a child, Keats was artistically gifted and became both a successful author and illustrator throughout his life. In 1943, Keats joined the United States Army, and the army trained him to design camouflage patterns. 'The Snowy Day' is a classic from 1962, and it received the Caldecott Medal for the most distinguished picture book for children in 1963. In this book, a young boy Peter wakes up one morning to discover a beautiful, white blanket of new snow that covered everything outside. Being a young child, Peter was very excited and immediately went outside to explore and play in the snow. He made fun tracks in the snow with his feet, he made a smiling snowman, and he made snow angels. He also pretended he was a mountain climber and slid all the way down it. Before going inside, Peter put some snowballs into his pocket to keep for the next day. He then went inside to his warm house, told his mother about all his adventures, and took a warm bath. Before Peter went to bed, he checked on his snowballs he had put into his pockets. When he looked, the snowballs weren¿t there anymore. They had melted! While sleeping, Peter dreamed that the sun melted all of the snow away. Did the snow really melt or was it just a dream? This story is simple, yet delightful and the illustrations are wonderful. Keats uses gentle, engaging text which captures the essence of the child in all of us on a snowy day. In the book, Keats writes ¿He pretended to he was a mountain climber,¿ and ¿He climbed up a great big tall heaping mountain of snow ¿ and slid all the way down.¿ This quote from the book not only allows a child to imagine themselves having a great time in the snow, but it also brings out the creative side of children where they can pretend to do anything they want and be anyone that they wish to be. The reading level of this book two, and its grade level is first grade and eighth month. 'The Snowy Day' is a wonderful book for all ages, and it recaptures the excitement of how fun winter truly is. Keats, Ezra Jack. The Snowy Day. New York: Viking Press, 1962.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As a child you look forward to the mornings when you wake up and for miles all you see is this white blanket called snow. What else are you to do on a snowy day other than make a snow man and snow angels? Playing in the snow is an adventure and Ezra Jack Keats does an excellent job illustrating this book. Keats was a successful artist and illustrator. He was trained by the military to design camouflage patterns. The illustrations in 'Snowy Day' definitely show his creative artistic ability. Playing in the snow brings out the creative and imaginative side of children where they can pretend to be anything they want. In 'Snowy Day' Keats writes that ' He [Peter] pretended he was a mountain-climber. He climbed up a great big tall heaping mountain of snow-'. The books text is easily read and can be enjoyed by any age.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is a good book
librarian2525 More than 1 year ago
I remember reading this book when I was a kid. Not to tell my age but It's a great book for any child to read.
Bos1grl4eva More than 1 year ago
Great book. Got the book as a gift for a friend of mine. Best book growing up. I used the gift wrapping through B&N and they did a great job.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As a fellow New Yorker, I also appreciate and miss beautiful, snowy days! We live in California now, but have even gone to the mountains to play in the snow. My youngest son is now 25 years old. When he was little he absolutely delighted in the reading of The Snowy Day! I also, absolutely adored Peter! I adored him so much, that (as a first grade teacher) I made a giant cut=out image of him in his red snowsuit and placed it on a wall in the classroom. Every morning I would blow him a kiss in front of the students. Now my granddaughter loves the book as well. Thank you sooooooooooo much Ezra Jack Keats (Jacob Ezra Katz)!!
nmk97 More than 1 year ago
A favorite read for both my 4 yr old daughter and I. Story is a wonderful and illustrations are superb! On the nook (we have both hard copy and ebook), I often find my daughter 'reading' this timeless story and exploring the read and play features of it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed The Snowy Day as I read the book then and now...original and fascinating!
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A great read along book, with many ways to add activities
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book to my children. Then my grandchildren. Now my great grandchildren
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Jen110709 More than 1 year ago
I read this book in the art classes I teach for preschool children, and although I live in Texas where we never see snow, the children still connect with the story. The illustrations and colors are bright and inviting and the story line is simple but not boring. The author asks the readers to guess what is going to happen by leaving unanswered questions on one page that requires the children to flip the page to find out what is happening in the story. As I read it aloud to the 3 and 4 year olds, I always ask them about what they are thinking is making the tracks in the snow or where the snowball went. The Snowy Day offers parents and other grown ups the opportunity to expand their children's thinking skills. Again, while we seldom even see really cold days where I live, the children enjoy acting out making snow angels or walking with their heels pointed in just as Peter does. The Snowy Day is a great story to read together that encourages interaction and thoughtful reading. I would recommend this charming story, especially as winter approaches.
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The Snowy day isn't just about a little boy's exploits, it is about a childhood experience. Keats manages to capture the basic joy of childhood with his beautiful artwork and simple narration. Peter, the stories protagonist, wakes up one morning to find snow outside of his bedroom window. He excitedly runs outside to enjoy the day. He makes footprints, snow angels and snow men. He packs snowballs and climbs snow mountain. One of the best qualities of this book is that is has a universal appeal. Although there are many children who have never experienced a snow day, Peter's appreciation and curiosity for the world around him are characteristics that all children can share. This simple connection is artistically displayed in Keats's Caldecott-winning cut paper illustrations. This book was a favorite of mine as a child. It didn't matter that I lived in Texas where snow was a totally foreign concept. The charming story and captivating illustrations managed to work themselves into my heart and imagination. Rather then relating to the character, I had the pleasure of experiencing something entirely new along with him. There is a reason that this book has withstood the test of time.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My family lives in Florida where of course there is no true "winter." Reading this book to my three sons allowed them to use their imagination and wonder what it's like to play in the snow. It's short and sweet but nonetheless, worth the smiles it put on my children's faces!
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Mm Perius More than 1 year ago
I'm 9 and It reminds me of when I was youg.when Every I see this book I think of when I was youg.