Ezra Jack Keats’ love of painting and drawing began in childhood when he would sit for hours at the Arlington Branch of the Brooklyn Public Library. Intrigued by the art books he found in that library, Keats began a lifelong interest that resulted in the development of his talents, passion, and imagination.
Keats left New York during his three years in the army, followed by a year of European travel, but he seldom strayed far from home after his return to the states. His ordinary, sometimes difficult, urban life sowed the seed for his most distinguished books.
After his World War II service, Keats worked as a commercial artist. When Crowell art director Elizabeth Riley sugge
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