A Poem for Peter
A Poem for Peter

A Poem for Peter

Written by Andrea Davis Pinkney & illustrated by Steve Johnson and Lou Fancher
7 - 10
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Nov 1, 2016
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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.

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Publication Date
November 1, 2016
Viking Books For Young Readers
Illustration Details
The paintings for this book were rendered in acrylic, collage, and pencil on paper, using images from The Snowy Day; Peter's Chair; Hi, Cat; and Jennie's Hat.
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7 - 10 years
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