Watch: One of the First Picture Books with a Black Protagonist Is Brought to Life feat. Original Music by Boyz II Men
Photo Credit: "The Snowy Day" / Amazon Prime
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Watch: One of the First Picture Books with a Black Protagonist Is Brought to Life feat. Original Music by Boyz II Men

"The Snowy Day" / Amazon Prime
“The Snowy Day” / Amazon Prime

Earlier this month, Amazon Studios announced its original kids holiday programming is scheduled to premiere this Friday, November 25 on Prime Video in the US and UK. Brand-new Amazon Original Specials include “The Snowy Day,” an animated holiday special based on the award-winning book by Ezra Jack Keats.

The book is well-known as one of the first picture books to feature an African American protagonist, has won many awards, including the Caldecott medal–one of the highest honors in children’s literature– and was included in the Library of Congress’ list of “Books that Shaped America.”

The special follows Peter, a young boy in a red snowsuit, as his mother sends him on an adventure to Nana’s house to retrieve their traditional Christmas mac and cheese dinner. Enjoying the snowy day along the way, Peter encounters friends from the neighborhood, including storekeepers and bakers to the older boys he admires–and a group of a capella singers voiced by the group Boyz II Men. After arriving at Nana’s and retrieving the mac and cheese–and his most coveted gift, a brand-new red sled–Nana helps Peter team up with the older boys for an epic snowball fight, resulting in the destruction of the special holiday dinner and his sled. When the neighborhood comes together to celebrate new traditions with Peter and his family, Peter realizes that the true meaning of the holiday is who you spend it with.

Narrated by Laurence Fishburne and featuring voice talent by Regina King, Angela Bassett and Jamie-Lynn Sigler, “The Snowy Day” features an original song “Snowy Day” by Boyz II Men.

The special is executive produced by Laurence Fishburne and Helen Sugland (“Akeelah and the Bee”) as well as Ann Austen, Irene Sherman, and Deborah Pope (Ezra Jack Keats Foundation).

It will premiere on Amazon Prime Video in the US and UK this Friday, November 25.

Amazon has released a clip from “The Snowy Day,” featuring an animated Boyz II Men singing “The Snowy Day.” Watch it below.

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