A Poem for Peter: The Story of Ezra Jack Keats and the Creation of the Snowy Day

A Poem for Peter: The Story of Ezra Jack Keats and the Creation of the Snowy Day

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Series: Audible Deals, Audible Deals for Ages 12+
Publisher: Recorded Books
Publication Year: 2017
ASIN: B06XNP7N2V

NARRATED BY: Channie Waites

BEST FOR AGES: 4+

LISTENING LENGTH: 34 min

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About the Book

On the 100th anniversary of his birth, a celebration of the extraordinary life of Ezra Jack Keats, creator of The Snowy Day.

Andrea Davis Pinkney’s powerful and poetic text tells the story of Ezra Jack Keats, who was born in Brooklyn in 1916, and grew up in extreme poverty. Keats’s artistic talent was recognized even in high school, but his father’s death made it impossible for him to accept the art school scholarship he was offered; however, Keats continued to study art informally whenever possible. He served in the US Army in World War II and subsequently lived in Paris.

Eventually, Keats found his way to children’s books, and with the groundbreaking Caldecott winner The Snowy Day, the first mainstream picture book to feature an African American child, he became part of children’s literature history. Keats’s best-loved books are the ones that portray the neighborhood where he grew up. He was an inspiration to many artists of color, who, for the first time, saw themselves reflected in his books.

The Ezra Jack Keats Foundation was established after his death, with the goal of promoting more diverse books and helping new authors and illustrators. With beautiful writing from a distinguished author and about a distinguished author/artist, A Poem for Peter has the potential to be an award-winner.

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