Discover

Company
A Poem for Peter Book
A Poem for Peter Book
A BookrooView of

A Poem for Peter

Written by Andrea Davis Pinkney and illustrated by Steve Johnson, Lou Fancher

Published by Viking Books For Young Readers

1234567
6.0
Overall

Publisher's Summary

A celebration of the extraordinary life of Ezra Jack Keats, creator of The Snowy Day.

The story of The Snowy Day begins more than one hundred years ago, when Ezra Jack Keats was born in Brooklyn, N.Y. The family were struggling Polish immigrants, and despite Keats’s obvious talent, his father worried that Ezra’s dream of being an artist was an unrealistic one. But Ezra was determined. By high school he was winning prizes and scholarships. Later, jobs followed with the WPA and Marvel comics. But it was many years before Keats’s greatest dream was realized and he had the opportunity to write and illustrate his own book.

For more than two decades, Ezra had kept pinned to his wall a series of photographs of an adorable African American child. In Keats’s hands, the boy morphed into Peter, a boy in a red snowsuit, out enjoying the pristine snow; the book became The Snowy Day, winner of the Caldecott Medal, the first mainstream book to feature an African American child. It was also the first of many books featuring Peter and the children of his — and Keats’s — neighborhood.

Andrea Davis Pinkney’s lyrical narrative tells the inspiring story of a boy who pursued a dream, and who, in turn, inspired generations of other dreamers.

Topics in A Poem for Peter

Details

  • Age Range: 7-10
  • Pages: 60
  • Book Type: picture
  • Publication Date: November 1, 2016
  • ISBN: 0425287688
  • ISBN 13: 9780425287682
Join Our Kids Book Club
Learn More
BOOKROOVIEWERS
1234567
6.0
The Book Snob Mom
Mom, Avid Reader, Austen Fangirl

This book is absolutely gorgeous—the story, the language, the illustrations, and the message. While it may not be the most interesting to a very young audience, it's poignantly told true story will educate, inspire and uplift the older set of child readers as well as adults!

author
Andrea Davis Pinkney

Coming soon!

View Author
Andrea Davis Pinkney
illustrator
Steve Johnson

Lou Fancher and Steve Johnson began working together as a creative team in 1986 and have collaborated on more than 50 picture books, including the New York Times bestseller My Many Colored Days by Dr. Seuss. They are recipients of the Society of Illustrators Gold Medal. Visit them online at www.johnsonandfancher.com.

View Illustrator
Steve Johnson
illustrator
Lou Fancher

Lou Fancher and Steve Johnson began working together as a creative team in 1986 and have collaborated on more than 50 picture books, including the New York Times bestseller My Many Colored Days by Dr. Seuss. They are recipients of the Society of Illustrators Gold Medal. Visit them online at johnsonandfancher.com.

View Illustrator
Lou Fancher

More books like A Poem for Peter

The Matchbox Diary book
6.0
immigration · journeys · family history · grandpa
The Matchbox Diary
Words Set Me Free book
5.3
boats · reading · historical figures · African Americans
Words Set Me Free
The Glorious Flight book
5.0
based on a true story · airplanes · flight · caldecott
The Glorious Flight
The Legendary Miss Lena Horne book
5.0
African Americans · historical figures · based on a true story · acting
The Legendary Miss Lena Horne
history · immigration · family
Trial by Winter
Trees book
4.8
poetry · trees
Trees
art · artists · self-discovery
Pencil's Perfect Picture
adventure · America · history · based on a true story
The Unabomber

More books from these creatives

A Poem for Peter book
6.0
based on a true story · African Americans · poetry · immigration · artists
A Poem for Peter
Shh! Bears Sleeping book
4.5
hibernation
Shh! Bears Sleeping
My Many Colored Days book
4.4
feelings and emotions
My Many Colored Days
Martin Luther King, Jr. · civil rights movement · activism
Martin Rising
imagination · poetry · art · building things
With My Hands: Poems About Making Things
activism · civil rights movement · Martin Luther King, Jr.
Martin & Mahalia: His Words, Her Song