Study Guide

The Snowy Day Awe and Amazement

By Ezra Jack Keats

Awe and Amazement

Illustration: Peter looking out his window at the snow. (10)

It's a simple illustration, but the awe and amazement Peter feels for the snow is clear in his expression.

Illustration: Peter gazing up at the tall snowbanks. (12)

Peter is so small, and the pile of snow is so big! We remember snowbanks like that. Definitely awe-inspiring.

Illustration: Peter glancing back at the tracks he's made. (15)

Snow is pretty amazing. It's a natural canvas for the art Peter makes with his footprints.

So he made a smiling snowman, and he made angels. (24-25)

Snow is such a magical substance—it invites people to lie down in it and do reclining jumping jacks in order to make snow angels. And who can resist the urge to build a snowman when the snow is just right?

He pretended he was a mountain-climber. He climbed up a great big tall heaping mountain of snow—and slid all the way down.

The giant hills of snow transform the usual landscape of Peter's city, creating mountains, drifts, and giant slides perfect for pretend expeditions.

He told his mother all about his adventures while she took off his wet socks. (29)

Peter considers his activities of the day "adventures," and he enjoys telling his mother about them. Even small things like dragging a stick in the snow can become daring escapades when seen with the awe and amazement of a child's eyes.

And he thought and thought and thought about them. (30)

Clearly, Peter's day in the snow was a big deal to him. As he warms up in the tub, he keeps thinking about all of the amazing things he saw and did that day.

But when he woke up his dream was gone. The snow was still everywhere. New snow was falling! (34)

Aside from when the snow falls on Peter's head (plop!), this is the only exclamation point in the book. It's obvious both from this sentence and from the look on Peter's face in the accompanying illustration that the snow is awe-inspiring.