Dreams by Ezra Jack Keats
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One night while everyone is sleeping, a little boy watches his paper mouse save a cat from an angry dog.
 

About Ezra Jack Keats

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Ezra Jack Keats was born Jacob Ezra Katz in Brooklyn, New York on March 11, 1916. He was a mural painter for the Works Progress Administration (WPA) for three years before taking a job as a comic book illustrator. During World War II, he joined the United States Air Corp and was a camouflage pattern designer. After the war, he changed his name to make his Jewish heritage less noticeable. He wrote and/or illustrated more than 85 children's books. The first book he illustrated was Jubilant for Sure by Elizabeth Hubbard Lansing, which was published in 1954. The first book he wrote was My Dog is Lost, which was published in 1960. His other works include Pet Show and The Snowy Day, which won a Caldecott Medal in 1963. He was also awarded the University of Southern Mississippi Medallion for outstanding contributions in the field of children's literature in 1980. He died of a heart attack on May 6, 1983.
 
Published January 1, 1974 by MacMillan. 48 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Children's Books, Nature & Wildlife, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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In a drab tenement building beneath a moody, marbleized sky that changes color as the pages turn, everyone goes to sleep except Roberto -- and as each child begins to dream, a different swirly, smoky light fills his window.

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Mr. Motion is eventually reduced to arguing, for instance, that when Keats wrote in ''Endymion'' ''A thing of beauty is a joy forever,'' he was not merely identifying himself as ''someone for whom sensuous pleasures exist without any kind of context.'' Instead, for Keats '' 'Beauty' is not an esc...

Jan 12 1998 | Read Full Review of Dreams (Aladdin Books)

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Roberto's paper mouse takes on new dimensions in this dreamy-colored nocturnal parable. Ages 6-8. (Mar.)

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Skloot tells me that the poems under consideration were ?nished in 2001 and accepted by Louisiana University Press in 2002, but there was a four-year wait during which he published another collection of poems, Approximately Paradise, written after the ones in The End of Dreams.

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