Ezra Jack Keats

Ezra Jack Keats

A Biography With Illustrations

Book - 1995
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Each book in the "Family Ties" series explores a particular aspect of how families stay together, play together, learn together, grow together, and resolve conflicts together. The series celebrates the differences among various cultures, both here and abroad, while emphasizing the similarities among them all. Readers learn how our values emerge and are expressed through holidays, food, stories, and especially through what we are taught by parents and teachers.
Publisher: New York : Silver Moon Press, c1995.
Edition: 1st Silver Moon Press ed.
ISBN: 9781881889656
1881889653
Characteristics: 81 p. : col. ill. ; 29 cm.

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Jul 20, 2010

He was born Jack Ezra Katz, but you know and love him as Ezra Jack Keats (1916-1983), author of The Snowy Day, Whistle for Willie, Goggles!, and many others. From his penny-pinching childhood in the Great Depression to his years inking comics for Five-Star Comics (creators of Captain Marvel) to his experiments with fabric and collage, art was a crucial comfort for Keats. In this biography, the events of Keats? life are illustrated by his own artwork. When little boy Ezra gets picked on by bullies in his Brooklyn neighborhood, we see an illustration of a similar scene from Goggles!. When Ezra explores the city of Paris as a struggling young artist, we see a self-portrait on a colorful Parisian street. And when Ezra realizes that there are very few black children in picture books and creates his hero Peter, we see that iconic image from The Snowy Day of little Peter in his red hood and his footprints in the snow. Ezra?s life is reconstructed in a simple, straightforward narrative that rolls along like a storybook. It?s a heartfelt, poignant tribute to an award-winning artist, written by people who knew (Florence B. Freedman was his high school teacher!) and loved him.

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