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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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A little girl talks about her visit with her Nanny and Poppy. She talks about what she does there and there is a window in their kitchen they call the hello goodbye window because you can always see who's coming up to the door.
  ashleyann65 | Jul 1, 2014 |
The mood of the book is very playful. It’s grandparents making memories and passing on who they are to their grandchild. The illustrator’s technique definitely reflects this playfulness as the paintings are done in a very loose and non-structured fashion. The colors that are used are warm and bright. They reflect happiness and love. The illustrator uses black pastel to outline the movement, expressions, and uniqueness of the characters. For example the little girl and the grandma both have curly hair that have black swirls in it. The grandfather has a big nose and white mustache that makes you think of a grandpa. The pictures remind you of going to your grandparents’ house to be spoiled and be the center of attention.

This is a great story of grandchildren connecting with their grandparents. The Hello Goodbye Window is a special window in the main characters grandparent's house. It's a place where she can look in on her grandparents and they can look out on her. Great book for K-3 teachers. ( )
  Jdwalker | May 16, 2014 |
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this story. One aspect that I truly enjoyed about this book was the information the reader receives about the stories solely from the illustrations. For example, the grandparents and the parents are both of different races which is a detail the reader only receives from the illustrations. Also, I enjoyed how the story was told from a child’ perspective. The words and the art are very true to a child’s experience which I made this book very impactful to me. I think the message from a child’s perspective is much more powerful. The main message of this story is that even something as simple as a window can become a family tradition and represent so much more emotionally than it does in actuality. ( )
  kjacob9 | Apr 7, 2014 |
The main idea of “The Hello, Goodbye Window” is to show the relationship between a little girl and her grandparents. I really enjoyed this book because of the symbolism and the unique illustrations. First, the actual window in the story is a spot in the grandparent’s house that the little girl loves because she can say hello to her grandparents before she even enters the home. She also waves goodbye to them through this window after leaving as well. This window symbolizes the little girl’s loving relationship with her grandparents. Secondly, I believe that the unique illustrations in this book idealize the true definition of a picture book. The illustrations give the reader information that the text alone does now. For example, both the parents and the grandparents are biracial couples. ( )
  kburdg1 | Apr 7, 2014 |
I really enjoyed reading this story. I really felt that the illustrations really set the tone of the story. The illustrations were all children like and finger-painted. The illustrations also really depict the mixed family with the grandparents being two different races and the parents being two different races and the child being mixed. I felt that the point of view really connected it all together as well. The story is told from the little girls perspective that really connects the child like illustrations. The big message of this story was that the window represents how to say hello and goodbye. ( )
  kbrowe2 | Apr 7, 2014 |
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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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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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