The Snowy Day Review

The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats is an award winning book that many teachers and parents alike may actually recognize from their childhood. It was first published in 1962 and is actually credited as being the first children’s book to ever utilize color in the illustrations. Many book collectors possess original versions of the story and have made it popular over the years. However, many of the children that read it are quite unaware of its interesting history.

There is no doubt that children of all ages are quite captivated by snow and the thought of a full day of playing outside in it is quite exciting. In “The Snowy Day,” a young boy named Peter shares his adventure with readers and it is sure to impress even the most difficult kids. The story effectively describes the excitement that most children experience when they wake up to find snow on the ground.

The illustrations in the book are phenomenal and utilize a series of cutouts, collages, and paintings to project the perfect image. Another very interesting aspect of “The Snowy Day” is that the hero in it, Peter, is a young African American boy. Many schools were eager to ensure that this piece of history was on their bookshelves which is quite amazing considering the time period that it was originally published.

The Snowy Day is a book that many people seek for a lot of different reasons, but the most popular audience is still children who really enjoy reading about the magical wonderland created by snow falling all night while everyone sleeps. The story is most appropriate for school age children, although it is actually also used in many college level art classes because of the impressive artistic components that can be found within the pages of the book.

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