A Poem for Peter by Andrea Davis Pinkney audiobook

A Poem for Peter: The Story of Ezra Jack Keats and the Creation of the Snowy Day

By Andrea Davis Pinkney
Read by Channie Waites

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On the 100th anniversary of his birth, a celebration of the extraordinary life of Ezra Jack Keats, creator of The Snowy Day. Andrea Davis Pinkney's powerful and poetic text tells the story of Ezra Jack Keats, who was born in Brooklyn in 1916, and grew up in extreme poverty. Keats's artistic talent was recognized even in high school, but his father's death made it impossible for him to accept the art school scholarship he was offered; however, Keats continued to study art informally whenever possible. He served in the army in World War II and subsequently lived in Paris, Eventually, Keats found his way to children's books, and with the groundbreaking Caldecott winner The Snowy Day, the first mainstream picture book to feature an African American child, he became part of children's literature history. Keats's best-loved books are the ones that portray the neighborhood where he grew up. He was an inspiration to many artists of color, who, for the first time, saw themselves reflected in his books. The Ezra Jack Keats Foundation was established after his death, with the goal of promoting more diverse books and helping new authors and illustrators. A perfect match for the text is the art of Steve Johnson and Lou Fancher, who use a colorful collage style to suggest Keats's own art. With beautiful writing from a distinguished author and about a distinguished author/artist, A Poem for Peter has the potential to be an award-winner.

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Summary

A 2018 Audie Award Finalist for Best Narration for Young Listeners

Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award

A Sydney Taylor Award Honor Book

A Chicago Public Library Best of the Best selection

Publishers Weekly Best Book

One of Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books of 2016

On the 100th anniversary of his birth, a celebration of the extraordinary life of Ezra Jack Keats, creator of The Snowy Day. Andrea Davis Pinkney's powerful and poetic text tells the story of Ezra Jack Keats, who was born in Brooklyn in 1916, and grew up in extreme poverty. Keats's artistic talent was recognized even in high school, but his father's death made it impossible for him to accept the art school scholarship he was offered; however, Keats continued to study art informally whenever possible. He served in the army in World War II and subsequently lived in Paris, Eventually, Keats found his way to children's books, and with the groundbreaking Caldecott winner The Snowy Day, the first mainstream picture book to feature an African American child, he became part of children's literature history. Keats's best-loved books are the ones that portray the neighborhood where he grew up. He was an inspiration to many artists of color, who, for the first time, saw themselves reflected in his books. The Ezra Jack Keats Foundation was established after his death, with the goal of promoting more diverse books and helping new authors and illustrators. A perfect match for the text is the art of Steve Johnson and Lou Fancher, who use a colorful collage style to suggest Keats's own art. With beautiful writing from a distinguished author and about a distinguished author/artist, A Poem for Peter has the potential to be an award-winner.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Narrator Channie Waites is quick to establish the rhythms and emotions of this tribute to Ezra Jack Keats…There are harsh truths about struggle in this book, and Waites delivers them vividly…As narrator, Waites has equal sensitivity to the story’s poetic moments. The afterword has more information about Keats’ contribution to children’s literature. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.” AudioFile
“Pinkney lets readers know what Peter meant and still means as a milestone in inclusive children’s literature…A loving and forceful reminder that Keats’ Peter is our Peter—always.” Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

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Author Bio: Andrea Davis Pinkney

Author Bio: Andrea Davis Pinkney

Andrea Davis Pinkney, the award-winning author of numerous books for children and young adults, has been recognized by the Coretta Scott King Author Award committee with an honor for Let It Shine: Stories of Black Women Freedom Fighters and a medal for Hand in Hand: Ten Black Men Who Changed America. She is a four-time nominee for the NAACP Image Award. In addition to her work as an author, Ms. Pinkney is a publishing executive. She has been named one of the “25 Most Influential Black Women in Business” by the Network Journal and is among Children’s Health magazine’s “25 Most Influential People in Our Children's Lives.”

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Available Formats : CD
Category: Nonfiction/Biography
Runtime: 0.57
Audience: Children (4–7)
Language: English