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May 4, 2009

Kids love snow days- and so do I!

Filed under: Uncategorized — by npappas13 @ 8:47 pm

snowy Keats, E. (1962). The snowy day. New York, Viking Press.
Genre: Multicultural fiction
Grades: Pre-K-1st

Ezra Jack Keats’ classic picture book The Snowy Day is a great, short easy read. This book is especially special because it features an African American. It was made in 1962 when diversity was looked down upon and even though it is an old book, it still is a great read for kids today. It is an example one of the first multicultural books. When Peter wakes up one morning he finds snow on the ground. Therefore he makes snow angels, different tracts with his feet in the snow, and made a snowman. The reader will see him experiencing a snow day which is a very relatable topic for young children. This book can introduce snow to your children and give them ideas of what activities to do in their first snow experience! Snow days are very enjoyable times and every kid should experience snow the right way when they are young. Also it is an example that any kid is normal and can have fun playing in the snow doing normal things. It does not matter if they are white, tan, purple, black or green, kids love snow and they deserve to enjoy it! This message should be taught to your kids because equality is essential in our lives today. Read this to your child before they experience their first snow day or just because they like to read about snow!

About the Author/Illustrator:

ezrajackkeatsFrom when Ezra Jack Keats was young he had always known he wanted to be an artist. As he grew up he had always been awarded with countless art honors. This pattern continued until he was an adult and a very successful Author and Illustrator. Ezra’s first children’s book that he illustrated was Jubilant for Sure by Elisabeth Hubbard Lansing in 1954. Due to the memory of being targeted of discrimination, Keats has compassion and understanding for those who suffered like hardships. Keats started working on a new series of books: “Then began an experience that turned my life around—working on a book with a black kid as hero. None of the manuscripts I’d been illustrating featured any black kids—except for token blacks in the background. My book would have him there simply because he should have been there all along. Years before I had cut from a magazine a strip of photos of a little black boy. I often put them on my studio walls before I’d begun to illustrate children’s books. I just loved looking at him. This was the child who would be the hero of my book.” Even though much of Keats’ work is dated his works still promote respectful and powerful themes that everyone should take notice of. Information was found at http://www.ezra-jack-keats.org/about/index.html.

Sources:
http://www.ezra-jack-keats.org/about/index.html
http://www.hannibal.k12.mo.us/Mtwain/Faculty/Hill-Humphrey/ezrasmile.jpg
http://blogs.courierpostonline.com/mamadrama/files/2009/01/snowy.jpg
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jdJ-qTCgD_A

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