|Keats's eyes say a lot,|
don't you think?
The exhibit is fantastic. It has just the right amount of information about Keats and his work. There is original art from The Snowy Day, Whistle for Willie, Goggles, Apt. 3, A Letter to Amy, and more. There are four awesome showcases. One with original sketches and notes by Keats, one about his visits to Japan, one with his actual palette and paints box, and one that chronicles some of the controversy surrounding The Snowy Day.
Critic Nancy Larrick wrote an article entitled “The All-White World of Children’s Books" in the Saturday Review after The Snowy Day was published. To make her point, she pointed to the book, the editors, and Keats as having made an error by not overtly pointing out Peter's race in the text . Keats responded to her via letter to the editor of the magazine, which they printed. (Others also sent letters which are on display as well.) Larrick responded directly to Keats in a letter also on display, and I won't ruin it for you--it's worth going to check it out.
|From The Snowy Day, which I give every|
new born baby in my life.
This blog post by the School Library Journal, which named The Snowy Day at Number Five on their Top 100 Picture Books List, is extremely comprehensive and has lots of fantastic images, many of which are part of the exhibit.
|The amazing cityscapes in Keats's work are beautiful and remind me|
why I love living in my neighborhood every day. They were groundbreaking
in their depiction. Like this one from A Letter to Amy.