New York: Four Winds Press, 1981. Second edition of this vibrant picture book by Ezra Jack Keats, first published in 1973. The narrative is nearly wordless, telling the story of two dogs learning to skate through a series of brightly painted comic mishaps. As in The Snowy Day, his Caldecott-winning classic of 1962, Keats incorporates collage elements into the illustrations, with little scraps of newspaper blowing away in the wake of the skaters. Laid into this copy is the first page of a printed Macmillan promotional interview, in which Keats recalls his early love of painting and storytelling as a child growing up in a Brooklyn tenement neighborhood, inscribed "Best Wishes / Ezra Jack Keats." Also included is the original mailing envelope, printed with Keats' return address on East 82nd Street, postmarked 1977. A near-fine copy, including interesting Keats ephemera. Slim quarto, original purple cloth lettered in silver over tan paper boards, original unclipped color pictorial dust jacket. Color illustrations on every page. Tiny closed tear to front panel of dust jacket. Printed promotional interview inscribed by Keats and accompanying envelope laid in.
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