Wednesday, July 20, 2011

The Hello, Goodbye Window

Title:               The Hello, Goodbye Window
Category:       Picture book
Grade:            PreK - 2
Author:          Norton Juster
Illustrator:      Chris Raschka
Publisher:       Michael Di Capua Books/Hyperion Books for Children
Date:               2005
Pages:             32

One little girl’s favorite part of visiting Nanna and Poppy is their kitchen window.  They can see her coming, she can make faces at them, they can watch the stars, and look out at the morning.  She can even sit and imagine all the wonderful things that could go by.  Beyond the window is the sweet relationship this little girl has with her grandparents. 

I enjoyed this story, although I was often confused by the apparent contrasts between the illustrations and the story.  While the racial depictions of the book are slightly distracting, they do not seem negative and would likely go unnoticed by a child.


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