The Snowy Day is firmly grounded in youth. And as our protagonist, Peter, goes out to explore his world, he's in no hurry to grow up. He's too busy taking in the world around him and marveling at the snow to want to do anything but live in the moment, and that's refreshing. So often, books about being young have characters who wish they were older, but not our Peter. He knows he'll be ready for the snowball fights with the big boys one day, but not quite yet.
Even today, more than fifty years after it was first published, The Snowy Day still perfectly portrays the way a young child might enjoy playing in the snow.
The Snowy Day is harder to relate to today because kids don't spend whole days playing in the snow like Peter anymore.
Cue up the Also Sprach Zarathustra—it's time for some exploring! And what better place to explore than a neighborhood covered in a fresh blanket of snow? No better if you're young Peter, the protagonist of The Snowy Day. He's ready to get on his gear and wander out into the wild white yonder to see what's what. And Peter is a serious explorer (as most children are), so he won't leave any snowbank untouched.
Peter's day of exploration in the snow demonstrates that children are natural scientists.
Peter did such a good job exploring by himself that there's really nothing left for him to discover when he goes back out with his friend the next day.
Little kids notice everything. If you don't believe us, take a walk with one and check out how quickly she sees that the moon is out during the day or that there's a plane in the sky. Adults get used to things like that and over time…they stop noticing them. Which is why it's always cool—once your childhood is behind you—to spend a little time with a child and get that feeling of awe and amazement back, even if just for a little while. That's what The Snowy Day does for a lot of people. It reminds them what it was like to experience something like snow for the first (or second, or third) time.
Keats's writing style is too calm and measured, which takes away from the sense of awe and amazement in the book.
Keats's calm and measured writing style helps to emphasize Peter's sense of awe and amazement.
The sense of awe and amazement in The Snowy Day is primarily communicated through the illustrations.