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Children's Book Review

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Ezra Jack Keats and his classic book "The Snowy Day" are being honored during the month of January by his publisher, Viking, by designating the month of January as National Snowy Day. With the huge snow storm that is affecting a large portion of the country, this is the perfect book to snuggle up and enjoy this classic read-a-loud for ages 3-5.

Fun in the snow
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Peter lives in a large city, and he wakes up one morning to the ground outside his home covered in beautiful snow. He dresses in warm clothes and goes out to play. He makes tracks in the snow, and enjoys playing with a stick. He hits a limb that is heavy with snow and snow falls on his face. All children will be able to relate to the fun that Peter is having in the snow.

Keats' simple, colorful illustrations are a major part of this classic story. The illustrations have a collage effect, and young children will like the simplicity.

The website that features fun activities and more about this classic story can be accessed at www.foundation@ezra-jack-keats.org. Fans of Keats will enjoy the activities that can be used to extend interest in the book are posted on his website for January as National Snowy Day Month. "The Snowy Day by Keats was published by Penguin Group, Inc. and has an ISBN of 9780140501827.

Enjoy the snow and the month by reading this classic several times during the month. Check out the fun video with interviews with children out of school and having a day in the snow.