Story & Illustrations by Ezra Jack Keats
is a story about a small boy named Peter who has one magical day playing
in the snow. The reader follows Peter as he walks through the snow,
leaving footprints behind as he walks with his toes pointed in and then
again with them pointed out. He witnesses a snowball fight, which he
becomes a victim of, and then proceeds to make snow angels and a snowman.
He then slides down a hill of snow and pockets some of the snow as a
souvenir before heading into his warm house.
This book really captures the innocence of children and
their wonderment of the world around them. It's hard to read this
book without conjuring up images from your own childhood. The
illustrations are truly captivating with each page displaying beautiful
This book, although based on such a simple concept,
really epitomizes just what it is to be a child exploring the beauty of
nature. I think children really enjoy this book because they ARE
Peter. They would do everything that we see Peter do, from whacking
a tree with a stick to release the snow from its branches, to building a
happy, smiling snowman.
I recommend this book for children between the ages of
2 and 7.