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The Hello, Goodbye Window by Norton Juster
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The Hello, Goodbye Window (2005)

by Norton Juster, Chris Raschka (Illustrator)

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Unique illustrations; sweet story about visiting Grandparents; Use to teach about family ( )
  JenniferSprinkle | Jun 16, 2019 |
The kitchen window of Nanna and Poppy's house "looks like a regular window, but it's not." This is a kid's-eye view of visiting the grandparents, and all the little traditions that go with it. ( )
  JennyArch | Jun 12, 2019 |
"The Hello, Goodbye Window" was precious and imaginative. It centers around a front window at a grandparent's house. The little girl can always wave and make silly faces before she goes inside to see her grandparents. The book goes on to describe all the fun things she does at her grandparent's house like play in the yard, eat yummy raisin and banana oatmeal, and ride her bike. At the end of the book, the little girl's parents come to pick her up. They had been working all day so I think this could be a relatable book to some children who are often babysat by their grandparents while their parents are working. The illustration was beautiful, colorful, and messy but in the best way. The window shows her imagination with a dinosaur walking past, or the queen of England coming to have tea. I loved the way this book found all the things to be grateful for about an ordinary window. ( )
  owaguespack | Dec 2, 2018 |
The Hello Goodbye Window is an extremely simple story about the things a young girl does at her grandparents house. I think the simplicity is what makes it a successful book. Children will be able to see themselves and their daily experiences in the characters in this book. It is also a rare book that portrays a mixed-race couple and a biracial protagonist. The illustrations are lively but a little chaotic for my taste. The text is simple but enjoyable. I think children would enjoy making connections with this book and their own grandparents' homes. ( )
  alootens1 | Nov 30, 2018 |
The drawings looked to be done by a child, and while the illustrator might have done that on purpose, it was a little too abstract to make much sense of.
  ghendel | Nov 28, 2018 |
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PreS-Gr 1-The window in Nanna and Poppy's kitchen is no ordinary window-it is the place where love and magic happens. It's where the girl and her doting grandparents watch stars, play games, and, most importantly, say hello and goodbye. The first-person text is both simple and sophisticated, conjuring a perfectly child-centered world. Sentences such as "When I get tired I come in and take my nap and nothing happens until I get up" typify the girl's happy, imaginative world. While the language is bouncy and fun, it is the visual interpretation of this sweet story that sings. Using a bright rainbow palette of saturated color, Raschka's impressionistic, mixed-media illustrations portray a loving, mixed-race family. The artwork is at once lively and energetic, without crowding the story or the words on the page; the simple lines and squiggles of color suggest a child's own drawings, but this is the art of a masterful hand. Perfect for lap-sharing, this book will find favor with children and adults alike.-Angela J. Reynolds, Washington County Cooperative Library Services, Hillsboro, OR Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
added by sriches | editSchool Library Journal, Angela J. Reynolds (Jul 22, 2009)
 
Juster (The Phantom Tollbooth) crafts a cozy portrait of a grandchild and her grandparents in this endearing book, illustrated in paintbox colors by Raschka (Be Boy Buzz). A curly haired girl-who dances with wiggly energy in Raschka's lush paintings-describes playful visits to her Nanna and Poppy, whose kitchen window provides the perfect venue to say hello and goodbye. "You can climb up on the flower barrel and tap," she says, "then duck down and they won't know who did it." Her grandparents welcome her into a sunlit, spacious kitchen filled with plants, where she doodles and listens to Poppy play "Oh, Susannah" on the harmonica. At night, the "Hello, Goodbye Window" functions as a mirror, and the girl jokes about being outside looking in: "Poppy says, `What are you doing out there? You come right in and have your dinner.' And I say, `But I'm here with you, Poppy,' and then he looks at me in his funny way." Juster departs from the over-the-top punning of his earlier works to create a gently humorous account of a family's conversations and games, all centered on the special window. Raschka warms the pages with glowing yellow, emerald, sapphire and golden brown, and he pictures the garden and trees in emphatic midsummer greens. The characters smile at one another with a doting twinkle in their eyes, and grandparents especially will be charmed by this relaxed account of how a child's visit occasions everyday magic. Ages 2-up. (Apr.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
added by sriches | editPublishers Weekly, Reed Business Informatin (Apr 1, 2005)
 
A young girl takes us to her Nanna and Poppy's house to see a very special window. Most of the time her Nanna and Poppy are there in the kitchen so she can tap on the window, then hide, or they can wave at her when she arrives. We share her joy in the fun she has with Poppy's harmonica playing, watching reflections in the window at supper, saying goodnight to the stars with Nanna, looking through the window at the garden, playing outside. Sometimes through the window she sees people; sometimes her imagination fills it with other more amazing sights. Saying goodbye through the window when Mommy and Daddy pick her up is sad, but she looks forward to having her own "Hello, Goodbye Window" some day. Raschka turns the pages into scenes of innocent joy. His paints barely suggest objects as he applies intuitive areas of color, he then uses black lines here and there to define a face, a bicycle, a spouting hose. The personalities of the grandparents and their loving interactions with the narrator make this an engaging tale, while the artist's imagination forms something special from a bit of childhood. 2005, Michael Di Capua Books/Hyperion Books for Children, Ages 3 to 6.
added by sriches | editChildren's Review, Ken and Sylvia Marantz
 

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For Tori -- N.J.
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Nanna and Poppy live in a big house in the middle of town.
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Curriculum Connection:  1st Grade Social Studies Standard: 1. History
Concepts and skills students master:2. Family and cultural traditions in the United States in the pasta. Identify similarities and differences between themselves and others (DOK 1-2)
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This is a love song devoted to that special relationship between grandparents and grandchild. The kitchen window at Nanna and Poppy's house is, for one little girl, a magic gateway. Everything important happens near it, through it, or beyond it. Told in her voice, her story is both a voyage of discovery and a celebration of the commonplace wonders that define childhood, expressed as a joyful fusion of text with evocative and exuberant illustrations.The world for this little girl will soon grow larger and more complex, but never more enchanting or deeply felt.

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A little girl describes the magic kitchen window in her grandparents' home.

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