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The Black Circle by Patrick Carman
Boy Meets Boy by David Levithan
Canadian Cinema Since the 1980s: At the Heart of the World by David L. Pike
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Changeless by Gail Carriger
Escape from Bridezilla by Jacqueline deMontravel
The First Eagle by Tony Hillerman
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The Great Desert Race by Betty Baker
Great House by Nicole Krauss
Her Permanent Record by Jimmy Gownley
Lion in the Valley by Elizabeth Peters
The Main Corpse by Diane Mott Davidson
Midnight in Austenland by Shannon Hale
My Invisible Boyfriend by Susie Day
Odd Duck by Cecil Castellucci
Ottoline At Sea by Chris Riddell
Packing for Mars by Mary Roach
The Rules by Stacey Kade
The Secret of the Stone Frog by David Nytra
Skywalkers: Mohawk Ironworkers Build the City by David Weitzman
The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats
Someday by Charlotte Zolotow
Speaking from Among the Bones by Alan Bradley
The Twelve Bots of Christmas by Nathan Hale
Who's Seen the Scissors by Fernando Krahn
Your Hate Mail Will Be Graded by John Scalzi

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The Snowy Day: 06/16/13

cover art

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.

Five stars

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