As we enjoy a tinge of cooler weather this week we are truly getting into the spirit by celebrating all things Winter! For our book review, we are promoting our highlighted “Book of the Month” children’s classic and Caldecott award winner: The Snowy Day, by Ezra Jack Keats.
Originally published in 1962, The Snowy Day tells the tale of a young boy named Peter and his adventures through the snow in the big city. The story begins as Peter awakes to the first fresh snow of the season. Bubbling with enthusiasm, delight and curiosity, Peter quickly prepares to go exploring the day. Peter discovers how he can use his imagination and the big snow to create wintry friends.
The Snowy Day was groundbreaking in its day by challenging social norms. As Ezra Jack Keats’ first picture book as both author and illustrator, he portrays Peter’s adventures with the use of layers of collage illustrations, an underutilized technique until this time.