First printing of this groundbreaking work, the first Caldecott award-winner celebrating a Black protagonist as the hero of the story, enjoying a beautiful winter day.
Near fine in like jacket.
"Then began an experience that turned my life around – working on a book with a black kid as hero. None of the manuscripts I'd been illustrating featured any black kids – except for token blacks in the background. My book would have him there simply because he should have been there all along." – Keats
After a career illustrating other people's books, Keats became an author as well in SNOWY DAY, which won him the Caldecott and changed his life. In this book Keats found his artistic voice, where his experimentation with collages and dramatic colors were able to sing in gorgeous multicolor pictorial spreads.
Keats, himself white, depicted little Peter as a stand-in for every child in a joyful children's book about everyday life, subversive in its suggestion that representation should not be subversive at all. As a 2016 picture book about the making of SNOWY DAY says: "When Snow spreads her sheet, we all glisten" (A POEM FOR PETER).
Read more: Alderson, Ezra Jack Keats: Artist and Picture-Book Maker; Pinkney, A Poem for Peter.
New York: The Viking Press, (1962). 8'' x 9''. Original light blue cloth, white and red-stamped pictorial front board, white-lettered spine. In original unclipped ($3.00) color pictorial dust jacket with design by Keats. Color snowflake-patterned endpapers. 32 pages. Color illustrations by Keats on nearly every page. Touch of toning to cloth extremities. A few spots of of tape and residue on verso of jacket, else extremely bright with only the lightest edgewear and a couple nicks at the head of the spine. Extremely scarce in this condition.
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