Sunday, March 13, 2016

[BOOK REVIEW] The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats

Title:  The Snowy Day

Author:  Ezra Jack Keats

Genre:  Winter / Children's / Childhood / African American

Year Published: 1962

Year Read:  2010

Series: Peter #1

   Puffin Books

Source:  Library

Content Rating:  Ages 4+ (Nothing Objectionable)

“The Snowy Day” is a Caldecott Medal Award winning book by Ezra Jack Keats that details Peter’s adventures on a snowy day.  “The Snowy Day” is clearly one of Ezra Jack Keats’ most enchanting books for children!

Ezra Jack Keats has done a great job at both illustrating and writing this story.  Ezra Jack Keats’ illustrations are truly creative and colorful to look at as the characters and the environment surrounding them look like something cut out of a cardboard as the characters and the environment around them look block shaped.  Also, Ezra Jack Keats’ illustrations are extremely beautiful as they truly capture the beauty and essence of a snow day as the snowy world around Peter is covered in white and Peter looks extremely cute in his red snowsuit as he has a small hood that is pointed at the top, which greatly reflects the retro style of the 60s since this book was made during the 60s.  Ezra Jack Keats makes this story simple yet powerful since the story details the adventures that Peter has on his snow day in such a vivid way, especially the passage where it mentions how Peter tries to make tracks in the snow with his feet, which I thought was very inventive since I have never read a picture book that contains a phrase where children track their feet in the snow to get a feeling of the snow.

“The Snowy Day” is a perfect book for children who also enjoy the beauty of a snowy day and many children will definitely enjoy this book for many years.  I would recommend this book to children ages four and up since there is nothing inappropriate in this book.    

* 1963 Caldecott Medal

REASON FOR BEING BANNED:  On the grounds that a white author (Ezra Jack Keats) has no right to create a black character.

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