The Snowy Day Board Book

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Waking up to a world of snowy white-what could be better? Young peter can't wait to jump in his snowsuit and run out to explore. There are snowmen to build snowballs to pack, mountains to climb and snowbanks to collapse in-to carve a snow angel! And when the day is done, there's a dark night of dreams and drifting snow, and a new snowy day to awake to.

No book has captured the magic and sense of possibility of the first snowfall better than The...

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Overview

Waking up to a world of snowy white-what could be better? Young peter can't wait to jump in his snowsuit and run out to explore. There are snowmen to build snowballs to pack, mountains to climb and snowbanks to collapse in-to carve a snow angel! And when the day is done, there's a dark night of dreams and drifting snow, and a new snowy day to awake to.

No book has captured the magic and sense of possibility of the first snowfall better than The Snowy Day, winner of the Caldecott Medal.

The adventures of a little boy in the city on a very snowy day.

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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.
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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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780670867332
  • Publisher: Viking Juvenile
  • Publication date: 1/1/1996
  • Edition description: Board book
  • Pages: 28
  • Sales rank: 33,064
  • Age range: Up to 2 years
  • Product dimensions: 5.28 (w) x 5.75 (h) x 0.79 (d)

Meet the Author

Ezra Jack Keats

Ezra Jack Keats, who died in 1983, was one of the first people to create a realistic, friendly, multiethnic urban setting in picture books for young children. His legacy lives on in the popularity of his most famous character, Peter--the star of The Snowy Day, Whistle for Willie, Peter's Chair, A Letter to Amy, Goggles! and others.

Biography

When Ezra Jack Keats began creating children's books in the 1960s, he noticed something missing from the genre and chose to correct it.

Keats had already illustrated several kids' books and was starting his second when he made a simple but important decision: The main character would be black. "None of the manuscripts I'd been illustrating featured any black kids-except for token blacks in the background," Keats later wrote. "My book would have him there simply because he should have been there all along."

The character, Peter, debuted in The Snowy Day, which won a Caldecott Medal. Perhaps the strongest statement Keats made about race at the time was making ethnicity (his first book's protagonist was a Puerto Rican boy) completely incidental to the story. The books' themes are universal: In the case of Snowy Day, a boy discovers the joy of angel-making, sledding, and all the other things kids do on a free winter day.

The child of immigrants, Keats grew up in a Jewish neighborhood in Brooklyn, in relative poverty. Although his gifts with pencil and paint were obvious from a young age, his father, a waiter, discouraged his artistic ambitions, fearing it would be too hard for his son to make a living. When he brought home tubes of paint for Ezra, he would tell the boy that hard-up artist customers had swapped their paint for soup. When his father died, however, Keats discovered a stash of newspaper clippings: his father had carefully saved the notices of all of Ezra's artistic prizes and achievements.

Once established as a creator of children's books, Keats developed a stable of characters -- including the adventurous Peter, a shy boy named Louie, and a sympathetic girl named Amy -- who often resurfaced over the author's twenty-odd years of storymaking. Often taking place in urban settings and illustrated in Keats's hallmark gouache and collage style, the stories chronicle the discoveries, pleasures, and fears of being a kid: coping with a new sibling, befriending a previously scary blind neighbor, entering a pet show, or finding a pair of goggles.

Keats tackled the topic of single parenthood in Louie's Search, where Louie accidentally discovers a husband for his mom. Even when characters behave oddly or badly (as in the case of Louie's new dad, who initially accuses the boy of stealing from his junk truck), their innate goodness is always revealed. Each title exemplifies Keats's faith in people.

With his muted, evocative images and his commitment towards diversity, Keats made children's literature vivid and human in a way it had never been before.

Good To Know

In the late 1930s, Keats worked as a mural painter on WPA projects. He entered the Army in 1943, where he designed camouflage patterns.

Later, Keats created five greeting cards about peace for UNICEF's first greeting card season ... A million cards were sold that year.

The de Grummond Children's Literature Collection at the University of Southern Mississippi is the sole repository for Ezra Jack Keats's archives.

A life-size bronze statue of Peter, Willie, and Peter's chair sits in Imagination Playground in Brooklyn's Prospect Park.

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    1. Also Known As:
      Jacob Ezra Katz (birth name)
    1. Date of Birth:
      March 11, 1916
    2. Place of Birth:
      Brooklyn, New York
    1. Date of Death:
      May 6, 1983
    2. Place of Death:
      New York, New York

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 3, 2007

    Experienced this as a child, read this as a child, and re-experienced it with my child

    The only thing better than reading a children's book about experiencing new things is for the child to experience them for his/herself. This book did it for me when I was a kid and then it did it for my kid, but the book brings this into light so everyone can remember the first time they saw, felt and played in snow for the very first time.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 23, 2009

    The Snowy Day

    I purchased this wonderful book for a set of twin girls to be born soon. Instead I found myself mezmerized by the colors, characters and just to relax and be a child again myself. I decided to keep it and start a library collection for my future grandchildren.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 7, 2010

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    The First Book

    This is the first book that I remember having read to me and also the first book that I eventually read on my own. The pictures are great and the message of fun and family is well presented.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 11, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    I loved this as a child and now my son loves reading it too!

    i love giving this as a gift too.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 13, 2011

    Highly Recommended

    The book The Snowy Day is a wonderful book for small children, it is a wonderful story of a little boy who enjoys a day of adventure in the snow and he brings you along for his day.

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  • Posted May 5, 2010

    So glad I found this story in boardbook format!

    This story was one of my favorites when I was growing up, and I now enjoy reading it with my infant daughter. The pages are easy for her to turn, and she cannot tear the pages out as she likes to do in regular books. Great addition to any child's library!

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  • Posted April 12, 2010

    Perfect for toddlers

    The board book version of this book has gone through my two daughters and they've both loved it. When they were both one year old this was their favorite must read bedtime book for awhile. I disagree with the 2+ age rating because once my daughters hit 2 or 3 they were not as interested in this book, because their attention shifted to more plat driven books and less books just about exploring. This book is perfect for a one year old because of all the colorful pictures. There is only a little text on each page, so the pages turn quickly for their short attention spans and the main character has the little red snow suit which is appealing. I have also bought this as a gift for a newborn.

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  • Posted January 31, 2010

    A Classic

    I remember this book from when I was little so couldn't wait to share it with my little daughter the first time it snowed this season. It is a wonderful classic - should be on every toddler's - and young child's - bookshelf.

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  • Posted January 31, 2010

    Disappointed

    I cannot rate this book. It was Christmas gift for my granddaughter who lives out of state. I ordered all her gifts from B&N. None were shipped on time. So she didnot get any of them for Christmas. Today is January the 31st. One of her gifts got shipped today. Yay.
    If I had known before Christmas I could have gotten her something else.
    I will never shop B&N again.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 22, 2010

    Very disappointed!

    I was very disappointed with this book that I purchased for a Christmas gift for my two-year-old grandsons. The illustrations did not capture their attention. The pages lack color and distinction. For me, the story line also lacks originality and voice. As a result, I was not even able to read the book to the boys. They demonstrated no interest at all in this book. And they LOVE books!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 16, 2010

    Nice muted colors

    Well known children's book that keeps their attention although adults will think the colors are not vivid enough. Good size and durability for a small child.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2010

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    Love it

    Great book! My child loves this book!

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  • Posted December 4, 2008

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    Oh, The Memories

    Origianlly being from Ohio, there was many a day when I was young and enjoyed playing in the snow. As with many of us, as we age, those happier times in the snow don't seem as fun. Finding this book and reading it to my children has renewed my fondest memories of happy days in the snow. Thank you Mr. Keats, from the bottom of my heart.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 25, 2007

    Favorite Children's book

    When I was a little girl, this was my favorite book. I can remember I would sit in the back of the school¿s library by myself and I would look at all the pictures. Now as a college student, I reflect on those memories and I can still feel the same excitement as if were the first time I was reading the book. The book, The Snowy Day, is still my favorite children¿s book of all time and I will read it to my students and my own children. Ezra Jack Keats was born on March 11, 1916, in New York. Throughout his life, he was artistically gifted and had many opportunities to do so. For example, he was trained in the army to design camouflage patterns and when he was little his dad would buy him paint so he could do his magic. In 1962, he wrote the book called The Snowy Day it was based off some of his most memorable childhood memories. The follow year, Ezra received the Caldecott Award for most distinguished picture book for children. At the he received his award, he explained his experience when his dad had passed away the day before his high school graduation and he learned his father had been proud of his work. He told his audience ¿I found myself staring deep into his secret feelings. There in his wallet were worn and tattered newspaper clippings of the notices of the awards I had won. My silent admirer and supplier, he had been torn between his dread of my leading a life of hardship and his real pride in my work.¿ Ezra became one of the first American picture book creators to give a black child an important place in children¿s literature especially in books. The reading level of the book is first grade and eighth month. Ezra made a lot of his storylines easy and very presentable. The storyline of The Snowy Day starts out by Peter waking up to find a new blanket of fallen snow on the ground. He goes out to walk, slide, and play in the snow. He picks up a ball of snow to put in his pocket for tomorrow, and come to find out it melted. Did the snow outside truly melt or was it all just a dream? Read the book to find out its ending to see if the snow truly melted. Playing outside in the snow almost everyone can relate to and it is a favorite childhood memory for most. It looks wonderful and looks like a winter wonderland. In the book, it explains ¿Snow had fallen during the night. It covered everything as far as he could see.¿ This sentence can paint a picture in my mind and I love it. I look forward to those mornings when I can look outside my window to see the new fallen snow. The book gives children the renewed excitement that comes each winter when it is cold outside and the snow has fallen. Keats, Ezra Jack. The Snowy Day. New York: Viking Press, 1962.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 21, 2006

    Caldecott Winner The Snowy Day

    Have you ever woke up in the morning, so excited to see the snow that has fallen the night before. I believe that everyone does. The boy in this book, Peter woke up this same way and as soon as he ate, ¿¿breakfast he put on his snowsuit and ran outside.¿ He done everything imaginable out in the snow and the next day he got his friend to go out and play with him. This book will really make you want it to snow so you can have adventures like Peter¿s. The books author, Ezra Jack Keats, was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1916 to a Jewish family. Keats had several scholarships to school, but after his father passed he had to work to support his family and could not attend. He only took art classes after work. He later got a job illustrating some backgrounds for comics, and later moved on to books. Keats, Ezra Jack. The Snowy Day. New York: The Viking Press, 1962.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 26, 2006

    Caldecott Winner!

    Peter woke up one morning to find that everything outside his bedroom window was white. So after he had eaten, he bundled up and went outside to explore in the snow. He made different snow tracks, snow angels, and a smiling snowman. Then ¿he climbed up a great big tall heaping mountain of snow ¿ and slid all the way down.¿ But when it came time to go in for the day, he wanted to save something to remind him of his fun day in the snow, the question was, what could he save that would last? The Snowy Day is an amazing book for children of all ages. As a child, this book showed me many of the wonders that could be experienced on a snowy day, and today, this book still reminds me that when you can, you should go out and enjoy life¿s wonders. Through the simple but bright illustrations on every page, this book reminds you that you should always try to enjoy the wonders of life while you can, for they will not always be around (snow is only around for a while, and then it melts). Ezra Jack Keats grew up in Brooklyn, New York, where he excelled in art at an early age. He started receiving art awards from the time he was in elementary school, and eventually, he was recognized in the newspaper (when his father died, he was carrying the newspaper clippings showing his sons¿ achievements in his wallet). Ezra was awarded three different scholarships to art school, but he did not attend any of them. The Snowy Day is only one of many books that Ezra wrote about his African-American character, Peter. Ezra died in 1983 of a heart attack, yet he is still remembered today (mainly because he was the first American picture book author/illustrator to give black children a central role in children¿s literature). Keats, Ezra Jack. The Snowy Day. New York: The Viking Press, 1962. RL: infant to PreK

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 27, 2006

    The Snowy Day

    Stop for a moment and imagine one morning waking up to find the trees, houses and roads cover with snow. The snow was so deep only half of your body was shown when standing still. This is exactly what happened to a boy named Peter in Ezra Keats The Snowy Day. Peter woke up, looked out the window and couldn¿t believe what he seen. Snow was every where, he could get his clothes on fast enough to go out and play. Peter wandered through the deep snow leaving funny footprints behind him. He made snowmen, snow angles, and used sticks to knock heavy lumps of snow from trees. He imagines he is a hiker climbing a steep hill covered in snow. He wanted to have a snow ball fight with some neighboring kids but knew he was too little. Peter dreams about the snow while he¿s eating and sleeping. Peter journey in the snow will be one to remember forever. Keats, Ezra Jack. The Snowy Day. New York: Penguin Group, 1962

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 21, 2006

    Good Book!

    The theme of this book is about a little boy named Peter who wakes up to see out his window that it has snowed and everything is covered like the streets, trees, building and the sidewalks. Being a little child Peter was so excited to go outside and play, so he walking in the snow making different tracks with his feet and even got into a snowball fight with big boys. But, he was not old enough yet. So he made a snowman, snow angels, and then climbed a pretend mountain and slide down it. At the end of the day he tried to save some snow by placing it in his pocket, but it melt instead and he was very sad. In his dream that night he dreamt that the sun had melted all the snow away, but when he awake with new snow falling and so he spent another day playing in the snow with his friends. This story is a picture book with wonderful colors and a great story about a young boy and his love for the snow. The author of this book is Ezra Jack Keats crossed social boundaries by being the first American picture-book maker to give the black child a central place in children¿s literature. He has illustrated over eighty-five books for children, and written and illustrated twenty-four children¿s classics. Although Keats never married or had a family of his own, he loved children, and was loved by them in return.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 26, 2006

    Snowy Day

    I think just about every kid you could ever think of would always agree on one thing...They all love snow days! This book does a wonderful job of describing the adventures of a little boy in the city on a very, very snowy day. Find out what he does to have fun on a snow day.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 14, 2006

    Snowy Day

    The Snowy Day is a Caldecott Medal winner that can easily be called a classic. Peter wakes up to find the city covered in piles of snow. He bundles up and hurries out to find adventures in the wonderful snow. Peter finds things to do that are fun and exciting. He ¿made a smiling Snowman¿ and ¿he made angels¿ in the snow. Read this adorable story to see what other adventures Peter finds on The Snowy Day. Jacob Ezra Katz born March 11, 1916, legally changed his name to Ezra Jack Keats. In1942 Keats began illustrating backgrounds for the Captain Marvel comic strip. The first book Keats illustrated for children was, Jubilant for Sure by Elisabeth Hubbard Lansing, 1954. The first book written by Keats, My Dog is Lost, was published in 1960.Over his life-time Keats authored and/or illustrated more than 85 children¿s books. In 1980, he was awarded the University of Southern Mississippi Medallion for outstanding contributions in the field of children's literature. Keats won the Caldecott Medal for his book The Snowy Day.

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