The Snowy Day Peter and Others

Name: Snowy Day Peter

Made by and When:  2008, MerryMakers, Inc.

Material: Stuffed plush, fleece, yarn

Marks: The body tag reads: THE SNOWY DAY Doll / From The Snowy Day written by Ezra Jack Keats, Published by The Viking Press / Penguin, USA / Doll ©1962, 2008 / The Ezra Jack Keats Foundation / Manufactured by MerryMakers, Inc., Oakland, CA 94610 / Made in China. Reg. No. PA-5131 (HK) PO #2347 (A description of the materials used is followed by MerryMaker’s website address.)

Height: 15 inches

Hair, Eyes, Mouth: Black yarn bangs, embroidered eyes and nose

Clothes: Sewn-on red plush snowsuit and hood

Other: Peter is the protagonist in the 1962 book, The Snowy Day, by Ezra Jack Keats. The Snowy Day is also the first children’s picture book to feature an African American protagonist. Ezra Jack Keats wrote a total of seven books that feature Peter. Three different cloth Peter dolls have been manufactured based on the characters from three books: The Snowy Day (1962), Whistle for Willie (1964), and Peter’s Chair (1967). Whistle for Willie Peter is 12 inches tall; Peter’s Chair Peter is 9 inches tall. Photos of Peter dolls and their associated books are included in the gallery.


Listen to and see the animated version of The Snowy Day story here.

View episode 1 of The Snowy Day here.

Read about the author, Ezra Jack Keats, and see a photo of the little lad who inspired Keats to write The Snowy Day and six additional books featuring Peter here.



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Published by DeeBeeGee

Doll collector, historian, co-founder of the first e-zine devoted to collecting black dolls; author of black-doll reference books, doll blogs, and doll magazine articles.

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