Thursday, January 13, 2011

The Snowy Day

This is one of those books that the kids beg to be read over and over again, but I have to honestly say, I haven't tired of it yet.  How's that for a recommendation?  Ezra Jack Keats received the Caldecott Medal for The Snowy Day in 1963.  Meet Peter, and enjoy the beautiful language of this simple story of Peter navigating his snowy world.  Also, check out Keats' masterful illustrations, a combination of cut-outs and watercolors presented in a softened, snowy collage. I especially appreciate The Snowy Day because it "broke the color barrier in mainstream children's publishing" in 1962 when Keats first introduced his character, Peter, who would go on to appear in six additional books.  If you'd like to discover more about Ezra Jack Keats and his books, please check out the website


  1. I read this to my little girls on Tuesday night (the snow had started to fall outside) and so, I knew she would love it. The next day, we took the dog for a walk in the snow. She took a stick and made tracks, just like in the book. It's so nice to provide fuel for their imaginations! My hubby is a behaviorist (working mainly with children) and he always tells me, that if I am stuck with pretend play, just read a book and then act it out! Always works a treat. Lx

  2. This is such a classic! It reminds me of when my kids were little - they still seem little, but I guess they aren't (ages 8 and 10)! XOL