A Poem for Peter: The Story of Ezra Jack Keats and the Creation of The Snowy Day
Anyone who has read picture books since the mid-1960s is sure to know A Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats. It is arguably one of the best books for children of the 20th century. It has a great following, is known to children of all ages from three to one-hundred and three, and has charmed them all. So how did Keats come to be an illustrator and author, and how did this iconic book come to fruition? That is the story of this marvelous picture book for those seven-to-ten years old, though many beyond that age group will enjoy it as well. Author Andrea Davis Pinkney uses many poetic devices including repetition, internal rhyme, and alliteration in her very well-researched text that very nearly sings the story of Keats. Readers will follow his story from his birth through his remarkable career and the picture book that changed everything. The illustrations of Lou Fancher and Steve Johnson echo the illustrations of Keats in a lovely homage to his groundbreaking work. Readers will be fascinated by the struggles Keats overcame in order to be able to complete his remarkable work. This a fine example of non-fiction for children.
Viking Books for Young Readers
Andrea Davis Pinkney • Steve Johnson, Illustrator • Lou Fancher, Illustrator