The Read Balloon: Peter’s Chair

great kids' books“Harper, what’s your favorite book right now?”

“Peter!”

“Really? Peter’s Chair, the children’s classic by Ezra Jack Keats, who innovatively used collage and introduced multiculturalism into children’s literature?” *paraphrased

“Yeah.”

“What’s your favorite part?”

“I like when he reaches up.” (On the first page, Peter is building a very awesome block tower.)

“What else?”

“I like when his mama looks out the window. What’s he doing? There’s the picture of him as a bigger baby.”

“Yes. Pretty cool book. It’s about having a new baby in the house. We have a new baby, don’t we?”

No response.

“His new baby Susie is kind of like our Ollie!”

“Read it again. ”

And there you have it.

Ezra Jack Keats Peters Chair

Did everyone else know that Ezra Jack Keats was a Jewish white guy from Brooklyn? I didn't.

4 responses to “The Read Balloon: Peter’s Chair

  1. “Snowy Day” is a continual favorite at our house and, no, I did not know that he’s a Jewish guy from Brooklyn. Since I’ve now learned something new today, can I go to bed?

  2. I love the art in each of these. Thanks so much for pointing them out to us, the internet with no kids.

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