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The Hello, Goodbye Window by Norton Juster

The Hello, Goodbye Window (original 2005; edition 2005)

by Norton Juster

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Title:The Hello, Goodbye Window
Authors:Norton Juster
Info:Hyperion Book CH (2005), Edition: 1st, Hardcover, 32 pages

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The Hello, Goodbye Window by Norton Juster (2005)

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There is a hello goodbye window in the kitchen at nanna and poppy’s house. You can see nanna and poppy through the window. The window allows you to communicate with nanna and poppy before you even get inside. The window works just like a mirror in the dark. At night, you can look out the window and tell the stars goodnight. In the morning, you can look out the window to see how the weather is. Nanna said that the window is magic because you never know what your going to see when you look out.

I liked the book because it conveys how special a relationship can be between a girl and her grandparents.

I will ask students if they have a hello goodbye window at their house. I will ask students how it is similar and different from the hello goodbye window and nanna and poppy’s house. I will ask students if they have ever been happy and sad at the same time. I will ask students what made them feel that way.

I will have students write about the either the hello goodbye window in their house or a time when they felt happy and sad at the same time. Students will need to introduce the topic, state their opinion, supply reasons that support the opinion, and provide a concluding statement. ( )
  sarahthigpen | Dec 4, 2016 |
A cute and relatable story. This one is easy for adults and children to connect with. This would be good to read for a random read aloud or as partners so that it can be open for discussion. ( )
  SydnieM | Dec 2, 2016 |
discusses a little boy and his family using a window in their house to say hello and goodbye to each other.
great for children that are having a hard time saying goodbye to their parents.
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  TUCC | Nov 18, 2016 |
"The Hello, Goodbye Window" is about a girl who visits her grandparents. The illustrations are what makes this book so enjoyable. The illustrator uses bright and dark colors to contrast different scenes of the story, such as nighttime, when they are gazing at the stars. The facial expressions the illustrator gives the characters throughout the book also makes this book more realistic. The descriptive language the author uses is also what makes this book enjoyable. "Just before I go to bed, Nanna turns of all the lights and we stand by the window and say goodbye to stars." Even if there were no illustrations, the reader would still be able to envision the characters gazing at the stars. Another example of descriptive language is "Sometimes Poppy says in a real loud voice, 'Hello, world! What have you got for us today?' Nobody ever answers but he doesn't care." This gives the reader a good sense of who grandpa is. The big idea of this story is the importance of family and perspective. ( )
  BlairThompson | Oct 31, 2016 |
Contemporary Fiction
The book is about a young girl who looks into the mirror of her grandparents’ house, it opens a magical gateway into another world. It is filled with song and laugher dedicated to her grandparents. This is a book that defines the joys of childhood and love for grandma and grandpa. The world for this little girl will soon grow larger and more complex, but never more enchanting or deeply felt. This is a book that interracial families can surly benefit from.

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I can related to this young girl love for her grandparents. As a child I love going to Shreveport La to see my grandparents just to play in the woods all day. I would dream of being a man of the woods, me and a log cabin just singing, fishing and hunting all day. If I had this book I would have read this to my girls, to understanding both nationalities of their grandparents.

Classroom Extension Ideas:
1.Have parents of different nationalities come in and read the book to the class.
2.Ask your kids do they know about their classmate culture.
3.Put on a play to explain the class or school diversity. ( )
  cedric_edwards | Oct 14, 2016 |
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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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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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Looking through the kitchen window, a little girl and her doting grandparents watch stars, play games, and, most importantly, say hello and goodbye.

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