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A poem for Peter : the story of Ezra Jack Keats and the creation of The snowy day / by Andrea Davis Pinkney ; illustrated by Steve Johnson and Lou Fancher.

Pinkney, Andrea Davis, author. (Author). Johnson, Steve, 1960- illustrator. (Added Author). Fancher, Lou, illustrator. (Added Author).
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  • 1 of 1 copy available at LARL/NWRL Consortium.
  • 1 of 1 copy available at Lake Agassiz Regional Library. (Show preferred library)

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Moorhead Public Library J 813.54 PIN (Text) 33500012315412 Main Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 9780425287682
  • ISBN: 0425287688
  • Physical Description: 52 pages : color illustrations ; 25 x 28 cm
  • Publisher: New York : Viking Books for Young Readers, [2016]

Content descriptions

Summary, etc.: "A celebration of the extraordinary life of Ezra Jack Keats, creator of The Snowy Day. The story of The Snowy Day begins more than one hundred years ago, when Ezra Jack Keats was born in Brooklyn, N.Y. The family were struggling Polish immigrants, and despite Keats's obvious talent, his father worried that Ezra's dream of being an artist was an unrealistic one. But Ezra was determined. By high school he was winning prizes and scholarships. Later, jobs followed with the WPA and Marvel comics. But it was many years before Keats's greatest dream was realized and he had the opportunity to write and illustrate his own book. For more than two decades, Ezra had kept pinned to his wall a series of photographs of an adorable African American child. In Keats's hands, the boy morphed into Peter, a boy in a red snowsuit, out enjoying the pristine snow; the book became The Snowy Day, winner of the Caldecott Medal, the first mainstream book to feature an African American child. It was also the first of many books featuring Peter and the children of his -- and Keats's -- neighborhood. Andrea Davis Pinkney's lyrical narrative tells the inspiring story of a boy who pursued a dream, and who, in turn, inspired generations of other dreamers"-- Provided by publisher.
"A celebration of the extraordinary life of Ezra Jack Keats, creator of The Snowy Day"-- Provided by publisher.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2016 October #1
    *Starred Review* This tribute poem to picture-book creator Ezra Jack Keats begins with The Snowy Day's Peter, "Brown-­sugar boy in a blanket of white. / Bright as the day you came onto the page. / From the hand of a man who saw you for you." Pinkney recounts Jacob (Jack) Ezra Katz's early years in Brooklyn as the son of struggling Polish Jews; details how his parents, teachers, and librarians encouraged his talent; and explains how he honed his illustration skills working for the WPA and the air force when he could not afford art school. She emphasizes how Keats' personal experiences with discrimination (after the war, he modified his name to sound less Jewish in order to find work) helped him to identify with Peter, leading to "a snowstorm of dreams. / A blizzard of imagination. / Flurries of fun!" Fancher and Johnson's acrylic, collage, and pencil illustrations seamlessly integrate images from Keats' books into their own art, which employs a style complementary to the originals. Equally important, they skillfully represent Pinkney's lyrical text, which sometimes requires historical accuracy, magic realism, and nods to future possibilities, all within one spread. With rich back matter on Keats' legacy and his art, including a list of sources, this is an important book that belongs in any library where Peter is loved. Copyright 2016 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

Andrea Davis Pinkney says, “As an African American child growing up in the 1960s, at a time when I didn’t see others like me in children’s books, the expressiveness of Keats’s illustrations had a profound effect.” 
Today, Ms. Pinkney is the distinguished and bestselling author of many books for children and young adults, including picture books, novels, and non-fiction. Her books have received multiple Coretta Scott King Book Awards, Jane Addams Honor citations, nominations for the NAACP Image Awards, the Boston Globe/Horn book Honor medal, and many other accolades. In recognition of her significant contributions to literature for young people through her body of work, she was selected to deliver the May Hill Arbuthnot Lecture.
Andrea Davis Pinkney lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her husband and frequent collaborator, Brian Pinkney, and their two children.

Steve Johnson and Lou Fancher have illustrated numerous books together. Among the most critically acclaimed are My Many Colored Days by Dr. Seuss; The Frog Prince, Continued by Jon Scieszka; and Silver Seeds by Paul Paolilli and Dan Brewer. 
Steve and Lou live in Moraga, California.

Subject: Keats, Ezra Jack > Juvenile literature.
Keats, Ezra Jack. Snowy day.
Authors, American > Biography > Juvenile literature.
Illustrators > United States > Biography > Juvenile literature.
Children's literature > Authorship > Juvenile literature.
JUVENILE NONFICTION > Biography & Autobiography > Literary.
JUVENILE NONFICTION > Books & Libraries.
JUVENILE NONFICTION > Social Issues > Prejudice & Racism.
Keats, Ezra Jack.
Snowy day (Keats, Ezra Jack)
Authors, American.
Children's literature > Authorship.
United States.
Genre: Biography.
Juvenile works.

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