A Poem for Peter Book Cover

See Other Books Like This:

This book is for age/grade:

Grade 2, Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5

This book's genre:

Poetry

Use Find a Book to find similar books, using filters such as age & topic.

A Poem for Peter: The Story of Ezra Jack Keats and the Creation of The Snowy Day

Written by:

Andrea Davis Pinkney

Illustrated By:

Steve Johnson, Lou Fancher

Published:

November 1, 2016

Publisher:

Viking Books for Young Readers

 Seeing stars?  Professional book reviewers only award a star to exceptional books.  More than one star means experts from multiple organizations felt the book was outstanding. 

Starred Reviews:

Star Image Kirkus Reviews

Star Image Booklist

Star Image Publishers Weekly

Summary

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.

Editorial Reviews

The following links are to reviews of this book on review journal websites.

Kirkus

Booklist

Publishers Weekly

Add new comment