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About 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 Day, Whistle for Willie, Peter's Chair, A Letter to Amy, Goggles, and others. Visit the Ezra Jack Keats Foundation online at www.ezra-jack-keats.org
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
Education:Thomas Jefferson High School, New York City
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This is a book about two brothers sneaking around their apartment building. They hear a harmonica playing and go on an adventure to find who is playing it. This could be a good book to build suspense and mystery for story time.
Apt. 3 by Ezra Jack Keats is a book about two little boys who hear music somewhere around them. The two boys, Sam and Ben go walking throughout the apartments to find where the music is coming from. They hear a harmonica playing. As they are walking, they hear people fighting, babies crying, and a ballgame on tv. They finally find the music and they sit outside the apartment. The milk that was sitting beside the door suddenly disappears and the man invites them in. He is blind but he plays the harmonica for them and they all become friends. This book would be a good age for first or second graders.
Apt. 3 is one of Ezra Jack Keats' more serious stories. Sam and Ben hear beautiful harmonica music coming from somewhere in their tenement. The brothers begin to explore their building and experience the sounds and smells that define their city. Their search leads them to the mysterious Apt. 3 and the remarkable person who lives there. Unlike some of Keats' earlier books, Apt. 3 contains almost exclusively dark shades of purple, blue, and gray for pictures. The images look almost like Impressionist paintings with the clearly visible brushstrokes. I love this book because it introduces diversity and city life to young readers. I would recommend this book as a read-aloud book in kindergarten and first grade. Second and third graders could probably enjoy this story on their own.