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A Poem for Peter

Written by Andrea Davis Pinkney and illustrated by Steve Johnson and Lou Fancher
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Publisher 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.

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The Book Snob Mom
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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!

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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.

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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.

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Book Details

ISBN 10:
0425287688
ISBN 13:
9780425287682
Publication Date:
November 1, 2016