The Snowy Day

The Snowy Day

by Ezra Jack Keats

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No book has captured the magic and sense of possibility of the first snowfall better than The Snowy Day. Universal in its appeal, the story has become a favorite of millions, as it reveals a child's wonder at a new world, and the hope of capturing and keeping that wonder forever.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780670013258
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 10/11/2012
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 68,837
Product dimensions: 9.20(w) x 10.70(h) x 1.70(d)
Lexile: AD500L (what's this?)
Age Range: 3 - 5 Years

About the Author

Ezra Jack Keats (1916–1983) is the Caldecott Medal winning author of The Snowy Day, which broke ground in 1962 as one of the first picture books for young children to portray a realistic, multi-cultural urban setting. Since its initial publication, The Snowy Day has come to be regarded as both a children’s classic and one of the most important picture books ever written/illustrated. Ezra Jack Keats’ legacy lives on in the popularity of his most famous character, Peter—the star of The Snowy Day, Whistle for Willie, Peter's Chair, A Letter to Amy, Goggles, and others. Visit the Ezra Jack Keats Foundation online at

Date of Birth:

March 11, 1916

Date of Death:

May 6, 1983

Place of Birth:

Brooklyn, New York

Place of Death:

New York, New York


Thomas Jefferson High School, New York City

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The Snowy Day 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 106 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A delighful book that has become a classic. I read it to my children, my preschool class, and now am sharing it with my grandchildren.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
His illustrations alone are worth looking at. This is a classic. I taught for many years and this was a standard during the winter season.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Waking up to a white blanket of freshly fallen snow is one thing that can brighten a child¿s day, and it definitely brightened Peter¿s day in the book 'The Snowy Day,' by Ezra Jack Keats. Keats was born in New York on March 11, 1916 and died May 6, 1983. Throughout his life, his mother encouraged his talent, but his father seemed only to criticize his ability. As a child, Keats was artistically gifted and became both a successful author and illustrator throughout his life. In 1943, Keats joined the United States Army, and the army trained him to design camouflage patterns. 'The Snowy Day' is a classic from 1962, and it received the Caldecott Medal for the most distinguished picture book for children in 1963. In this book, a young boy Peter wakes up one morning to discover a beautiful, white blanket of new snow that covered everything outside. Being a young child, Peter was very excited and immediately went outside to explore and play in the snow. He made fun tracks in the snow with his feet, he made a smiling snowman, and he made snow angels. He also pretended he was a mountain climber and slid all the way down it. Before going inside, Peter put some snowballs into his pocket to keep for the next day. He then went inside to his warm house, told his mother about all his adventures, and took a warm bath. Before Peter went to bed, he checked on his snowballs he had put into his pockets. When he looked, the snowballs weren¿t there anymore. They had melted! While sleeping, Peter dreamed that the sun melted all of the snow away. Did the snow really melt or was it just a dream? This story is simple, yet delightful and the illustrations are wonderful. Keats uses gentle, engaging text which captures the essence of the child in all of us on a snowy day. In the book, Keats writes ¿He pretended to he was a mountain climber,¿ and ¿He climbed up a great big tall heaping mountain of snow ¿ and slid all the way down.¿ This quote from the book not only allows a child to imagine themselves having a great time in the snow, but it also brings out the creative side of children where they can pretend to do anything they want and be anyone that they wish to be. The reading level of this book two, and its grade level is first grade and eighth month. 'The Snowy Day' is a wonderful book for all ages, and it recaptures the excitement of how fun winter truly is. Keats, Ezra Jack. The Snowy Day. New York: Viking Press, 1962.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As a child you look forward to the mornings when you wake up and for miles all you see is this white blanket called snow. What else are you to do on a snowy day other than make a snow man and snow angels? Playing in the snow is an adventure and Ezra Jack Keats does an excellent job illustrating this book. Keats was a successful artist and illustrator. He was trained by the military to design camouflage patterns. The illustrations in 'Snowy Day' definitely show his creative artistic ability. Playing in the snow brings out the creative and imaginative side of children where they can pretend to be anything they want. In 'Snowy Day' Keats writes that ' He [Peter] pretended he was a mountain-climber. He climbed up a great big tall heaping mountain of snow-'. The books text is easily read and can be enjoyed by any age.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is a good book
librarian2525 More than 1 year ago
I remember reading this book when I was a kid. Not to tell my age but It's a great book for any child to read.
Bos1grl4eva More than 1 year ago
Great book. Got the book as a gift for a friend of mine. Best book growing up. I used the gift wrapping through B&N and they did a great job.
aflanig1 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The Snowy Day is about a young boy's adventure on a snowy day. Throughout his day in the snow, Peter made a snowman, snow angels, and pretended he was a mountain-climber. The illustrations vividly depict what a young boy does on his first day in the snow.
dnati on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a children's book about a little boy discovering the first snow of winter. He really enjoys playing in the snow and thinking of new things he can do with his body and the snow. It contains a lot of discriptive language and some onomatopoeia that helps to portray his excitement about the snow. There is a part where he tries to store a snowball in his pocket for safekeeping only to find that after his evening bath it isn't there anymore. He is sad because of this and dreams that ALL of the snow melts in the sun. Then the next day comes, and he sees that a fresh blanket of snow had fallen while he slept and he goes out to play again!
dtortorice on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is about a little boy that goes out to play in the snow. He makes all different kinds of tracks, gets snow on his head, contemplates a snowball fight, and utimately takes a snowball home for a souvenier. A little boring... but maybe for first or kindergarten.
Necampos on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is a great read aloud with great pictures. A little boy, Peter, wake one morning and spends the day in the snow. This would be great for a cold school day, weather it was snowing or not, because then the students could be wishful for snow.
elpowers on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Beautiful contrast- great for storytime!
mistywood on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The Snowy Day is about a little boy named Peter who spends the day exploring his enviroment in the snow. We follow Peter as he plays alone, keeping himself entertained with the most simple activities, such as making snow angels, building a smiling snowman, and making tracks in the snow. This is a sweet story about the simple joys in the life of a child. The illustrations are simple and joyful. I feel a young child could re-tell this story by just looking at the pictures. This is a a good book to share on a snowy day.Extension activity: A Snowy Day picture -- use black construction paper and white chalk; have children draw winter/snow scenes from the story, or from prior experiences in the snow; can also use black paper, glue, and white/silver glitter to make snow scenes/snowman. Display artwork on bullitin board under heading 'Let it Snow!'.
Heather19 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
In all honesty, I don't remember a thing about the actual plot/story of this book.... but I remember loving the illustrations as a kid, simply *loving* them.
BBallard09 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This story was about a young boy named Peter who loved Winter. He found many ways to play in the snow and even took a snowball home with him. When it was time for bed, he noticed that the snowball had melted and was sad. When Peter went to bed that night, he had a dream that the sun had taken away something that he loved more then anything..... snow.... But when he woke up he found out that it was just a bad dream, and new snow had fallen.I really enjoyed this story. What amazes me is I remember reading this story as a child, and loved it then. I also loved reading this story, because it told of my favorite season winter. I, like Peter, love to play in the snow, and can find many uses on how to play in the snow.Some activities that you might do with children would be make snowmen out of a child's footprints. When they are finished they can decorate the snowmen with construction paper, yarn, ect. Another activity that you might do with the children would be dressing in winter clothing, such as snow boots, hats, and scarfs and pretend that it is snowing outside and go play in the pretend snow. Children can also have snow-cones as a snack.
shazam79 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I always like this book as a kid, but I wasn't sure if the kids at my storytime would enjoy it. But they did get engaged in the story! I had them walk with their toes in and out and then drag their feet like peter, then we talked about how snow melts when peter saves his snowball--and it worked out great.
hwallen on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A Caldecott award winning story about a boy named Peter, and his adventures on a snow day. Peters adventures wing through series of math, science, motor skills, and movement activities that are beneficial to children and their understanding. This was one of the first children's books written that broke the color barrier on race.
Devine1 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Summary: Peter a young boy awakes to a Snowy Day. Peter puts on his snow suit and adventures outside. He plays in the snow, makes tracks in the snow, tries to play with the big boys in a snowball fight, makes a snowman, and snow angels. Before going in his warm house he puts a snowball in his pocket to save. He gets ready for bed and checks in his pocket to see that the snowball has melted. he goes to bed sad, but awakens happy to see the snow falling again. Personal Reaction: The book was a good book to use for winter and for snow, I did ot feel that it was a Great Book that deserved a medal. I have read so many other books that I think deserved an honor. Extension ideas:1. Make snowmen out of cotton balls on construction paper.2. Make water bottle snow globes, with white glitter.
Stephanyk on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This Caldecott Medal book is appropriate for the grades pre-k and kindergarten. The book would be a good read aloud book because it is short and mostly filled with pictures. The book begins with a young boy named Peter waking up to find snow on the ground. He immediately gets out of bed, puts on his coat and goes to explore the snow covered world. He spends the day making snowmen, snow angels and just making tracks in the snow. Peter also uses his imagination to pretend that he is a mountain climber. The next day he goes on to do the same thing with a friend. Uses in Classroom:-Have students draw what they do when it snows.-Introduce onomatopoeia because it used often in the story (crunch, plop)-I can prepare pictures of different kinds of tracks in the snow and have students guess who made them.
atlomas on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I loved this story about a boy and his snow day. I would read the whole series over time to my class.
JaMiya on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I gave this book three stars. It tells what how this little boy spends his day outside in the snow. The pictures in the book are great. This book can be used to give children ideas of what they can do on snowy days and it can also be used to explain that ice melts.
jerryreads on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Summary; this is a great book about a boy in his first snow. It talks about the tracks he makes in the snow a snow angel and other things. I like a stick he drug it in the snow and told us about its tracks it left. And how he nocks snow out of the tree on to his head. He tells his mom about his adventures and puts a snow ball in his pocket because he is worried that the snow is going to melt the next day. When he get up and hecks his pants and the snowball is gone and then he looks outside and it is still snowing and he is so happy. Personal reaction: It's a great story on the many different fun things he done on a snowy day. Class Ext: You could make snowflakes out of paper by cutting them out and also you could have the students to read aloud on a snowy day.
kloupe1 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book and its discovery of snow is something that hits close to home for me. In New Orleans, it almost never snows, so the minute that i get to experience it, I experience it like a little child using all of my senses to explore my many unfamiliar white covered surroundings.
ChristinPina on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Summary: Peter woke up one morning to see snow outside. He got up put on his snow suit and went outside to start his adventure. Peter walked through the snow making all different kinds of footprints and tracks. Peter on his adventure in the snow climbed mountains, hit a tree so the snow would fall, and wanted to have a snowball fight but knew he was too small. As he was going home from playing he puts some snow in his pocket later it melted and he was sad but the next day there was still snow.Personal Reaction:I really liked this book because it shows how imagination is really important to children. The pictures were good too they really showed every detail in which was being told. This reminded me of the first time I saw snow and how I wanted to do everything possible with it. Classroom Extension Ideas:1.)Have the children create their own adventure whether in snow, other weather conditions, or in a strange place. 2.)Can have the children understand that they might not be big enough to do everything 3.)This book can help the children understand onomatopoeia
edh92 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Beautiful illustrations fill the pages of this nicely written story of a little boy having a blast on a snow day. The story captures a little boys adventures playing in the snow by himself. He couldn't care if he is by himself, the snow is his friend and that is all that matters to him. As the boy goes home after playing he picks up a ball of snow and places it in his pocket, hoping that when he wakes up the next morning it will still be there. As he woke the next day the snow was gone. The boy was sad until he looked outside and saw that it had snowed even more. This is a great book for young children. The pictures tell the story without the words.