Ezra Jack Keats forever changed the landscape of children's literature when he chose an African-American boy as the hero of The Snowy Day in 1962. Today, he is widely acknowledged as one of the first picture-book creators to feature realistic, friendly, multi-ethnic urban settings in his books. The beautiful collection brings together ten of his best-loved stories, including the 1963 Caldecott Medal-winning book The Snowy Day and the Caldecott Honor book Goggles!, plus Whistle for Willie, Peter's Chair, Apt. 3, Jennie's Hat, and others. An introduction by celebrated critic of children's literature Anita Silvey outlines Keats's career and inimitable contributions. In addition, four of the most important writers and illustrators working in the field today – Jerry Pinkney, Simms Taback, Reynold Ruffins, and Eric Carle – share their thoughts on Keats and the legacy he left behind. An afterword describes his incredible life, from his impoverished childhood in Brooklyn to the books that would earn him international acclaim and the devotion of generations of readers.
• 128 pages
• Ideal for ages 5-8 years
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