A dozen poems celebrate the many shades of African American skin. The tone is celebratory, joyful, proud. The free verse unfurls naturally, beautifully. Lusciously illustrated by Floyd Cooper, he fills every inch with an almost tangible warmth–both in the hues and the play of sunlight or moonlight on the children’s luminous faces.
Peter, a young African American boy, awakens one morning to find a fresh blanket of snow outside. He dons his snowsuit and spends the day exploring the landscape in wonderment. He experiments with footprints, sticks, snowmen and snow angels. His adventures, though ordinary, have an intimate, absolute magical quality about them, as does Keats’ cut-paper and watercolor art. He manages to perfectly capture a combination of innocence, tranquility and excitement all at once. A pure classic that will never lose its charms.