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Children's Collection Children's Biography J BIO KEA E. Available 39270004544569
Books Books Bob Lucas Memorial Library
Children's Collection Children's Biography BRANCH J BIO KEA E. Available 39270004548966

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A celebration of the extraordinary life of Ezra Jack Keats, creator of The Snowy Day . <br> <br> 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.<br> <br> 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.<br> <br> 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.

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Horn Book Review

In evocative verse, Pinkney presents a picture book biography of Ezra Jack Keats, creator of the children's classic The Snowy Day (rev. 2/63). It's also a love letter to Peter, Keats's Snowy Day protagonist: "Long before you arrived, / little brown-sugar child, he was born / You and he, / different, / but the same in so many ways." Keats, born Jacob Ezra Katz in 1916, was the son of Jewish immigrants who fled Poland and settled in a poor neighborhood in Brooklyn. As a boy, Ezra had a job painting signs; he soon realized, with the help of his teachers and the library, that art was his calling. As a young man he painted murals for the WPA, worked as a comics artist, and created WWII posters before publishing his picture-book masterpiece. Pinkney highlights Keats's attunement to issues of discrimination, poverty, and social justice ("Even though the world was living / in an age of color judgment, / your color didn't matter to Ezra"), so when Peter does emerge--"Brown-sugar boy in a blanket of white"--the resonances are immediate and cathartic. Fancher and Johnson, who, like Keats, are known for their collage illustrations, thoughtfully incorporate Snowy Day motifs and other images from Peter's world along with photos and additional archival material; the color palette and textures, too, effectively pay homage to Keats's work. Useful back matter includes notes ("Ezra's Legacy," "Keats, the Collage Poet"), a booklist, and other sources. elissa gershowitz (c) Copyright 2017. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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