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Martin Pope, President of Ezra Jack Keats Foundation,
visits the statue of Peter and Willie in the Imagination Playground

A bronze sculpture of "Peter," the beloved character in Ezra Jack Keats' classic children's books, was recently unveiled in Prospect Park's new and unique Imagination Playground. The sculpture depicts Peter reading a book while gently reaching down to pet the nose of his trusty dog, Willie. Designed and created by Brooklyn sculptor Otto Neals, the statue was donated to the Prospect Park Alliance by the Ezra Jack Keats Foundation. The Keats Foundation, dedicated to promoting literacy programs for children, was inspired to commission the statue so that Prospect Park and the children who use this imaginative new facility would have a space dedicated to storytelling and reading.

Last updated January 28, 1998



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