The Snowy Day Paperback – Oct 28 1976
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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.
From Publishers Weekly
Now in a sturdy board-book format just right for youngest readers, Ezra Jack Keats's classic The Snowy Day, winner of the 1963 Caldecott Medal, pays homage to the wonder and pure pleasure a child experiences when the world is blanketed in snow. (Viking, $6.99 15p 6 mos.
up ISBN 0-670-86733-0 Jan.)
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Board book edition.
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In this book, Peter wakes up to discover that snow has covered the city in the night. Delighted, he pulls on his bright red (and now world known) snowsuit and plunges into a day of exploring and playing. He makes fun tracks, and hits snow off the branches of trees. He constructs a smiling snowman and slides down steep mountains of snow. At the end of the day his mother gets him out of his wet clothes and gives him a nice hot bath. The next morning the snow is still there, and an ecstatic Peter calls up a friend to do the whole day over again.
When I was a child I loved (and still do) stories that took place in the big cities. Keats never draws an inordinate amount of attention to Peter's surroundings. So while you won't see skyscrapers or taxi cabs, there's a distinctly urban feel to the lay of the land. The text is nice and easy for the youngsters to understand. As for the cut-outs, they're a delight to look at.Read more ›
This story does include African Americans in the book, but race is never mentioned. This is appropriate because at this age level, children aren't quite ready to understand the concept of racial prejudices and differences in our world. The idea of presenting the characters in a different color from the visual "white" type of character seems to be suitable since children are aware at this stage that not all people are the same color.
The author's choice of media, the use of collage, and the bright acryllic paints are a great addition to the book. They really help tell the story to the children. This utilization of color helps to extend the meaning of the story to its audience of children. There is an authenticity established by the illustrations, which are used, in the book. It makes the story stand alone from other picture books, which is no wonder that this book won a Caldecott Medal.
After reading this story to your students, explain what the word collage means. Have various colors of construction paper torn ahead of time. Let the students make their own collage with the pieces of paper by gluing them onto a big sheet of poster board.
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A beautiful classic that I vaguely remember being present in my kindergarten classroom!Published 5 months ago by jokdi76
I never heard this story as a child. Now I read it to my daughter every night. She loves it, and I'm not tired of it yet. It's been three months. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Sam
Delightful book to read in the Winter with a small child. The basic illustrations seem to captivate my 2 year old. Highly recommend!Published 7 months ago by Anonymous
Very cute book, I love how the tracks show what he is doing. I plan to purchase other books in this seriesPublished 9 months ago by Brittany Faux
This classic story still holds up! Simple illustrations that even a baby would love, with recognizable everyday objects, and seemingly simplistic story about a little boy and his... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Angela B.
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