Ezra Jack Keats' enduring words and vivid illustrations are among my favorite children's books because again and again, Keats brought to my consciousness the stories of everyday "black kid heroes". I remember The Snowy Day was on the bookshelves of my childhood home and I remember the long years later, when my nephew Jordon was born, that there was Peter, waiting for him, too. As Jordon experienced snow for the first time, there was Peter. "Plop" easily became the most used of Jordon's first words, especially during snowy winters in Virginia. "The snow fell -- plop, plop, plop".
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