Summer Reading for Children-Caldecott Winner

Juster, Norton. Hello Goodbye Window. Hyperion Books for Children, 2005. 32 pages.  ISBN-13: 978-0786809141

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What ‘s the story?

Nanna and Poppy have a window at their house that is a gateway to a magical world that is visible just by gazing through it.

Review 

This Caldecott Medal winner of 2006 from the author best know for his chapter book The Phantom Tollbooth creates a story to appeal to the younger reader. A child at her grandparent’s house describes the wonders she encounters every time she goes to visit them. She peers through the outside window into Nanna and Poppy’s favorite room, the kitchen, which triggers memories of all the fun she has had with them inside their house. This story is a lovely depiction of the happy and magical relationship between grandparents and their grandchildren. The illustrations are in a palette of warm colors in an impressionistic style. The story encourages a child’s imagination that can bring both dinosaurs and pizza guys into the front yard. This book is a celebration of people finding wonder and joy in every day activities and days and nights spent with your loved ones.

Other Awards
School Library Journal Best Books of the Year 2005
American Library Association Notable Books for Children 2006

Boston Globe/Horn Book, Honor book 2005

Other Formats and Versions

A Chinese version

Juster, Norton. Hello Goodbye Window. Yuan-Liou Publishing Co. Limited, 2007. 32 pages. Tr. $19.50. ISBN-13: 978-0786809141

A Japanese version

Juster, Norton. Hello Goodbye Window. HBL Publishing Co., 2007. 32 pages. Tr. $36.00. ISBN-13: 9784-7764-0246-6

 

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