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

By PINKNEY, Andrea Davis

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ISBN
9780425287682
Publisher
Viking


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School Library Journal

Reviewed on October 1, 2016  |  Elementary

Gr 2–4—Pinkney dives into the life and work of Ezra Jack Keats, specifically focusing on The Snowy Day and his creation of the main character, Peter. Using poetry (what the author refers to as "collage verse"), mainly addressed to Peter, Pinkney pieces together Keats's biography, tracing spots where early versions or hints of Peter can be found, and reflects on what a monumental event the publication of the picture book was and still is. Students will learn about Keats's early life, his tireless dedication to provide for his i...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Horn Book Magazine

Reviewed on November 1, 2016

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...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Horn Book Guide

Reviewed on April 1, 2016

"Long before <i>you</i> arrived, / little brown-sugar child, <i>he</i> was born..." In evocative verse, Pinkney presents a picture book biography of Keats....Log In or Sign Up to Read More

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