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The Hello, Goodbye Window by Norton Juster

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

by Norton Juster, Chris Raschka (Illustrator)

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Title:The Hello, Goodbye Window
Authors:Norton Juster
Other authors:Chris Raschka (Illustrator)
Info:Hyperion Book CH (2005), Edition: 1st, Hardcover, 32 pages
Collections:5th-6th grade readers, Contemporary Realistic Fiction, Picture Books
Tags:biracial, family, windown, love, imagination

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The Hello, Goodbye Window by Norton Juster (2005)


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In this book, a young child spends the day with their grandparents at their house. At the house, there is a window that they use to help the child play. While the grandparents are in the kitchen and the child is outside, they make faces through the window, making each other laugh. This shows how interaction with a child is important in developmentWhen inside, the young child imagines seeing all kinds of things through the hello, goodbye window, such as the queen or a t-rex. The child is being encouraged by their grandparents to use their imagination, which is also important in development. At the end of the day when the child leaves with their parents, they look back through the window and see their grandparents smiling through and waving goodbye. The message of this book is importance of family involvement and how it can impact a child's life ( )
  RachelPlatt | Sep 22, 2018 |
This book is about a young girl who visits her grandparents and at this home she has a special window she looks through everyday. This window isn't just any ordinary window, but one that allows her to use her imagination and discover something new everyday. I think this a cute book that shares a relationship between a child and her grandparents. The pages were very colorful and whimsical and interesting to look at. I think that this would be a great writing topic to have students discuss the relationship between them and their grandparents and also about different adventures they would want to go on as well. ( )
  taylor26. | Sep 19, 2018 |
The Hello, Goodbye Window is about a window that a little boy finds special because he can see his grandparents from there and he can see everything that is happening outside. The illustrations of this book were very beautiful and different which I find very amusing. This story is also good for little kids to read because it teaches them to appreciate their grandparents more. ( )
  Nattamari | Aug 25, 2018 |
At Nanna and Poppy’s house, the kitchen widow is a magical gateway to all kinds of adventures.

As the young girl relates her story, young children will easily relate to her relationship with her grandparents. Parents will appreciate the quiet celebration of the everyday wonders of childhood. The charming illustrations in this picture book earned it the Caldecott Medal.

Highly recommended. ( )
  jfe16 | Jun 4, 2018 |
This was a very cute story about a child's relationship with her grandparents. The whole story is kind of from the perspective from the kitchen window. She especially loves looking through the window on the porch because it is the perfect view of the kitchen and her grandparents. She watches her grandparents garden, while her dad plays "O'Susanna" on the harmonica. The story was beautiful, and the illustrations went perfectly with the story. The illustrations were perfect, because you went into her life through the window. ( )
  mthomassie | May 2, 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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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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