The Snowy Day

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The Snowy Day

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Keats, Ezra Jack. NY: Viking, (1962). Obl. 8vo. First edition. Light blue cloth stamped in red and white.

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Ezra Jack Keats' The Snowy Day (Viking, 1962), ranks among the rarest and most difficult to obtain Caldecott Medal titles. One of the first picture books to feature an African-American child as the protagonist (while not making a big deal of race), The Snowy Day combined everyday events (walking in the deep snow, making snow angels, making tracks with a stick) with spectacular full color illustrations and an unforgettable character. A first edition, first printing (with no notice of further printings) in a first issue dust jacket, priced at $3.00, with a medal on the dj but no printed notice of the 1963 Caldecott Award on the inside flap of the dj. Viking logo stamped in white on lower inside back cover. Non-patterned interior dj flaps. In over twenty-five years of bookselling, I've handled only two copies of this rarity (both with medals) and seen a third (ditto). In About Fine condition in an About Fine dust jacket.