Wednesday, December 14, 2011

"The Snowy Day and the Art of Ezra Jack Keats" @ the Jewish Museum in New York City

Homage to a Picture-Book Rebel.  (The New York Times, 12/9/2011)

Excerpt: In 1962 Ezra Jack Keats started a quiet revolution that in its own way had as much influence as some of the decade’s louder protests. An author and illustrator, Keats published “The Snowy Day,” about a small boy’s delight in his first snowstorm. Nothing radical there. But the story differed profoundly from virtually all the mainstream American picture books preceding it: Peter, the little boy, was black.

Keats was not, which still surprises some who hear that the Jewish Museum in New York has mounted a retrospective of his work

Caldecott Medal & Honor Books, 1938-Present.

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