Read A Poem for Peter Online Free - 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 David Pinkney’s lyrical narrative tells the inspiring story of a boy who pursued a dream, and who, in turn, inspired generations of other dreamers.
|Title||:||A Poem for Peter|
|Number of Pages||:||52 pages|
December 31, 2016
The Snowy Day is a 4 star book for me, though not particularly memorable from my childhood, even though it was introduced to my 4th grade class by one of our school librarians when it was a brand new book. As an adult I think I more fully appreciate it. I was very eager to read this book, a book...
February 06, 2017
I was utterly fascinated by this story. I learned things I never knew about Keats, including the changing of his name. I felt that it was a little too advanced for younger elementary children and more for 3rd-5th grade, only because there are a lot of facts in the first half of the book. I just l...
October 24, 2016
A perfect tribute—filled with heart, poetry, sophistication, and imagination, just like Ezra Jack Keats's THE SNOWY DAY. A story of how the artist and his character, Peter, came to be.
"An artist was a strange, impractical thing to be."
"Brown-sugar boy in a blanket of white. Bright as the day you...
November 15, 2016
My parents were going through a divorce when Ezra Jack Keats became my friend. My dad took me to the public library one day and my four year old hands pulled a book from the shelf entitled, "A Letter to Amy." I had been learning how to write my name so I knew what those letters spelled, A-M-Y. My...
June 11, 2017
A thoughtful picture book biography celebrating the art and life of Ezra Jack Keats. Pinkney's poetic storytelling uses Peter, the iconic character from The Snowy Day, to demonstrate how Keats balanced his creative inspiration with his commitment to social justice. An inspiring story about an imp...
November 23, 2016
There are those books you remember how you felt as you were reading them for the first time. You recall with clarity what popped into your mind when you finished and closed the cover. You immediately open it and read the book again. When you read it a third time you read it aloud, hearing the mus...
December 28, 2016
A stunning biography of the author/illustrator Ezra Jack Keats written in verse. This book has a special place in my heart since he wrote The Snowy Day in 1962 and won a Caldecott for it in 1963. I remember reading this story in elementary school. The Snowy Day was the first book of its kind to f...
December 18, 2016
Wonderful introduction to the life and work of Ezra Jack Keats and the story behind his Caldecott-winning classic, The Snowy Day.
November 10, 2016
A beautiful, affectionate, insightful celebration of and tribute to Ezra Jack Keats and the beloved character he created.
July 29, 2016
A beautiful book and a fascinating story. Wow.