The Snowy Day: 06/16/13
In January of 2012, The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats marked it's 50th anniversary. It was the first picture book to feature an African American child, a boy named Peter who went on to star in many more books. It won the 1963 Caldecott.
In this one Peter awakes to a snowy day and spends his day in a red snow suit exploring the wintery wonderland. He makes tracks. He slides down a hill. He makes snow angels. He tries to save a snow ball in his pocket.
Peter's a delightfully believable boy. He goes about his day exploring in a quiet sort of way. He's not extraordinary. He's not a caricature. He's just a boy enjoying a snowy day.
Keats's illustrations are sparse but colorful, especially the red suit against the white snow. They are done with blended gouache and collage. My daughter likes to study each page to guess where paper and where paint was used.