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The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats

The Snowy Day (original 1962; edition 1976)

by Ezra Jack Keats

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Title:The Snowy Day
Authors:Ezra Jack Keats
Info:Puffin (1976), Edition: Reprint, Paperback, 40 pages
Collections:Your library
Tags:beautiful illustrations, snowy, children, playing

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The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats (1962)


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There are two reasons why I like this book. The first reason I like this book is because of the illustrations. I think the illustrations are beautiful and are appropriate for the mood of the story, which is a snow day. I also like the plot because of its simplicity. The plot is about a boy that participates in different activities during a snow day. For example, the main character makes snow angels and snowballs. The central message of this book is simply to describe a little boy’s day in the snow. I think the book can be used as a discussion starter in the classroom to get students to share what they like to do on snow days or what they have done previously. ( )
  awalls4 | Mar 30, 2014 |
I really like this book for many reasons. One thing that I like about this story is that the main character, Peter, is very well-developed. The author makes Peter's character very relatable to children and portrays a number of his characteristics through his actions; such as Peter's excitement and fascination with the snow. For example, as many children do, Peter immediately looks out of his window when he wakes up to see how much it had snowed, then quickly eats his breakfast, slips into his snow gear, and heads outside. Peter's fascination with the snow is shown by the way he is intrigued by simply walking through the snow in various ways. He walks with his toes pointing out, with his toes pointing in, and then drags his feet through the snow "s-l-o-w-l-y" to create tracks. I thought that this showed that Peter is curious and experimenting with the snow. The author is also able to show us that Peter has a large imagination and has no trouble entertaining himself. He builds a snowman, makes snow angels, and pretends that he is a mountain climber. The author also portrays Peter's innocence when he puts a snowball in his pocket before going inside. He thought that it would be there for him to play with the next day, and is sad when he sees that it melted. Another thing that I really liked about this story was the writing and the language used. I thought it was extremely engaging and interesting to see how this boy is able to use his imagination to create his own adventures even though he is alone. The author's writing is well-organized, as it walks through the different activities that Peter experiences in the snow. The language and the way in which things were written was very descriptive, and allowed the reader to easily imagine being their and experiencing these things with Peter. For example, the author breaks down the work "slowly" by writing "s-l-o-w-l-y" in order to emphasize and portray how slowly Peter was dragging his feet. He also touches on the senses when describing the "Plop!" sound of the snow as it fell down onto Peter's head. I believe that the big idea that the author is trying to get across in this story involves the importance of a child's imagination, by portraying how much magic and wonder a snow day was able to bring to this child. ( )
  kbarge1 | Mar 24, 2014 |
Peter goes outside to play with the snow and is really happy to have an adventurist day to play in the snow.
Pierce College Library
  veronicar6189 | Mar 22, 2014 |
Young peter is ready to explore the wonders of a new snowfall
  LindseyGreenlaw | Mar 22, 2014 |
This book is about a boy find snow and making snow man himself.
source: Pierce College Library
Age: 3-5
  Yuna0130 | Mar 20, 2014 |
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To Tick, John, and Rosalie
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One winter morning Peter woke up and looked out the window.
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A 1963 Caldecott Medal winner, is the simple tale of a boy waking up to discover that snow has fallen during the night. The little boy celebrates the snow-draped city with a day of humble adventures--experimenting with footprints, knocking snow from a tree, creating snow angels, and trying to save a snowball for the next day. Ages 4-8.
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The Snowy Day, a 1963 Caldecott Medal winner, is the simple tale of a boy waking up to discover that snow has fallen during the night. Keats's illustrations, using cut-outs, watercolors, and collage, are strikingly beautiful in their understated color and composition. The tranquil story mirrors the calm presence of the paintings, and both exude the silence of a freshly snow-covered landscape. The little boy celebrates the snow-draped city with a day of humble adventures--experimenting with footprints, knocking snow from a tree, creating snow angels, and trying to save a snowball for the next day. Awakening to a winter wonderland is an ageless, ever-magical experience, and one made nearly visceral by Keats's gentle tribute.

The book is notable not only for its lovely artwork and tone, but also for its importance as a trailblazer. According to Horn Book magazine, The Snowy Day was "the very first full-color picture book to feature a small black hero"--yet another reason to add this classic to your shelves. It's as unique and special as a snowflake.

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A small boy enjoys various ways of playing in the snow.

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