Friday, 16 January 2009

The snowy day

The snowy day by Ezra Jack Keats has always been one of my favorite books. The little bit of snow we had recently made me think of it again so I decided to buy a few copies to send to nieces and cousins so they could enjoy it too.

I remember really liking the thoughtful little boy and his attempt to keep a snowball...

and I still love the illustrations now, I haven't seen a better one of snow.

And I liked his use of wallpaper cut-ups in the pictures. The book was also very significant for its inclusion of an African-Amercan family at the centre of the story. Keat's style changes in other books, but there are plenty of wallpaper cut-ups in some of his other books from the sixties, Whistle for Willie and Peter's chair.

I also treated myself to Keats neighbourhood. It includes 10 of his stories and commentaries from other writers. Lots of illustrations, and stories to read with visitors.


Sew Recycled said...

Welcome to the blog world!
I love books like this too, such a lovely way of telling a story of snow.
I read my boys a few of our old vintage books, they love them.
Cant wait to read more on your blog.
Hope you enjoy it.

Fabric Nation said...

Thanks for the welcome Em!

David said...

Whistle for Willie a personal favourite.

Fabric Nation said...

Looking forward to reading that one. Hope your dog is fully recovered.