How did Ezra Jack Keats, born a century ago to a poor family of Jewish immigrants in Brooklyn, change the face of American children’s literature with his first picture book? How did his young, black protagonist, Peter, come to be? This is the story acclaimed author Andrea Davis Pinkney tells in verse, with evocative illustrations by Lou Fancher and Steve Johnson.
The story of Jack, a boy who aspired to be an artist, a dream that would be discouraged but not quite deferred. The story of Peter, a small child in a bright snowsuit, and of all the children who had never seen a character like Peter, like themselves, in a book before. These interconnected stories fuel the spirit of the timeless American classic The Snowy Day.