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A Poem for Peter

Written by Andrea Davis Pinkney & illustrated by Steve Johnson and Lou Fancher
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Nov 1, 2016
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Pages
7-10
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What's A Poem for Peter About

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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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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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Who Wrote A Poem for Peter

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Andrea Davis Pinkney
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Who Illustrated A Poem for Peter

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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:
9780425287682
Publication Date:
November 1, 2016
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.
Word Count:
2462
Library of Congress Number (LCCN):
2016011990
WorldCat Number (OCLC):
1012115554
ASIN/ISBN 10:
0425287688
Lexile® Level:
620L
ATOS® Book Level:
3.8
Accelerated Reader® Points:
0.5
Accelerated Reader Quiz:
186502
Accelerated Reader Interest Level:
LG

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