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The snowy day read-aloud, an animated story
Amazon secretly released its contribution to the Christmas canon on Thanksgiving. The Snowy Day is based on Ezra Jack Keats’ award-winning 1962 children’s picture book of the same name, which he wrote and illustrated. It’s likely that you’ve seen or heard the book. Its famous cover art features a tiny boy dressed in a red coat and a pointy hat. The book is also a popular sight on kindergarten shelves.
The animated short has a more substantial plot than the 16-page source material, clocking in at 37 minutes. But don’t let the book’s short duration detract from its importance. The Snowy Day won Keats the Caldecott Medal in 1963. His book was hailed by critics and educators as a touchstone for ethnic equality in literature. The protagonist of the novel, Peter, is black, though the book never discusses it. A 2012 NPR article delves into the civil-rights activists’ critiques of Keats, who was white at the time, in the 1960s, who wished the book went deeper into Peter’s ethnic identity. The executive director of the Ezra Jack Keats Foundation, Deborah Pope, told NPR: “‘I am an African-American kid heading out into the snow today,’ the book no longer needed to say. They noticed that a child’s view of the snow cannot be colored.”
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On October 7, 2010| Posted in Thoughts on Books, Uncategorized, Writing and Reading, tagged Brave Irene, Bruce Springsteen, Carlos Fuentes, Jack Ezra Keats, Mario Vargas Llosa, Nobel, Read for the Record, The Death of Artemio Cruz, The Snowy Day, William Steig
Have you ever read The Snowy Day, a picture book by Jack Ezra Keats? If you have, you are aware that it is a sweet tale about a young boy’s daytime adventures and nighttime dreams on a snowy day. If not, you can read it today as part of Read for the Record, a nationwide literacy initiative funded by Jumpstart, Pearson Books, and wegivebooks.org, at http://www.wegivebooks.org/pf/rftr/index.html.
For the record, I learned about it this morning while watching a preview of Bruce Springsteen’s HBO documentary on the making of Darkness at the Edge of Town on the Today Show. It was then a quick cut to Patti LaBelle reading the book on the plaza, with Matt, Meredith, and the rest of the gang explaining that this is the fifth year of the initiative to get kids and adults to read the same book on the same day. A total of 21 million people took part in the event last year.
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You and your child will participate in a special event at the Aston Library and help break a record! On Tuesday and Thursday, October 5th and 7th (Tuesday and Thursday), at 10:30 a.m., storyteller Ms. Joanne will perform a reading of Ezra Jack Keats’ The Snowy Day. The event is open to the public. This is part of the Read for the Record initiative, which aims to break the world record for children’s reading. Visit www.readfortherecord.org for more information on the service. Go to www.wegivebooks.org/readforrecord to read the book online.
Jumpstart is a program that helps low-income children develop the language and literacy skills they need to enter kindergarten ready to learn and excel. Nothing is more important in preparing children for a lifetime of learning, according to research. Everyone can help us spread the word about this critical problem thanks to Read for the Record.
Adults and children from all over the country are participating in Jumpstart’s Read for the RecordTM, a national effort to set a new world record for the largest single-day shared reading experience. This one-day celebration brings together adults and children to highlight the role reading plays in a young child’s life, beginning this morning on the TODAY Show in New York City and continuing in classrooms, community centers, libraries, universities, and homes, and—for the first time ever—available online at http://www.wegivebooks.org.
Jumpstart’s Read for the Record, presented in collaboration with the Pearson Foundation, encourages record-breakers to spread the news that reading with a child before kindergarten will increase a child’s likelihood of graduating from high school by as much as 30%. More than 2.5 million children are expected to participate today by reading Ezra Jack Keats’ poem The Snowy Day. Jumpstart and the Pearson Foundation hope to raise awareness about the rising crisis facing vulnerable young children with limited literacy experience, as well as Jumpstart’s position in resolving the problem.