Why I Love This Book
When it was first published in 1962, The Snowy Day was considered groundbreaking. Keats was intentional about making the main character an African American child. The author had grown up in New York City, living among neighbors from a range of ethnic backgrounds. As an adult, he'd observed that none of these people of color appeared in children’s books that were being published at that time. Also missing were stories set in urban settings.
Keats also received push back for assuming to understand a Black child when he himself was white. Many believed Keats to be a Black man and were disappointed or shocked to learn that he was white. When ask why his protagonist was a Black child, Keats answered, " I put Black characters my books because they were there. They are inspired by the neighbors and friends I grew up with in Brooklyn. They'd always been there but were never represented in children's literature.
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This book offers multiple opportunities for learning that go far beyond what's printed on the page or seen in the illustrations. Here's a small sample:
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Adding an element of play is yet another way to deepen the understanding of the concepts introduced within the multiple readings of the story. You'll be surprised at the amount of learning that's transferred and reinforced through imaginative play.
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