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Monday, December 5, 2011

Snowy Day Doors

The Snowy Day marks its 50th anniversary in 2012, and we are reading it aloud to students this week. They tell us how much they love this book, oblivious to the controversy originally surrounding the book in 1962. It was the first book to feature a non-white main character. They love the collage artwork, the snowy endpapers, and the expression in Peter's one eye when snow plops on his head.

Around the building, snowy doors are being created. Some are very much like scenes from the book. Some display similar elements but unique interpretations. The one in this photograph seems to have more snowflakes each day, cut by the kindergarten students who learn inside the door.

For more information about the book's anniversary, here is a good blog entry: http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/08/18/the-snowy-day-celebrates-50-years/

3 comments:

  1. i loved this book. it truly captured the wonder of snow for me.

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  2. I, too, was mesmerized by Peter's walk through the snowy city, and I remember my mom reading it to me carefully and slowly so we could take in everything; she kept marveling about the collage technique Ezra Jack Keats had used. That book is somewhere in the attic of my parents' house. I need to find it and welcome it as part of my permanent collection.

    Thanks for the memory, Library Jewel. I would have otherwise missed the 50th anniversary.

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  3. Is there snow on the ground by you, Brattcat?

    I love that your mom talked about the collage art when sharing it with you, Laurie. I'll post a few more photos of the door collages.

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