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Waiting (Ala Notable Children's Books. Younger Readers (Awards)) Hardcover
by Kevin Henkes. Edition Date:: 09/01/2015
Caldecott Honor and Geisel Honor Book
What are you waiting for? An owl, a puppy, a bear, a rabbit, and a pig—all toys arranged on a child’s windowsill—wait for marvelous things to happen in this irresistible picture book by the New York Times–bestselling and Caldecott Medalist Kevin Henkes.
Five friends sit happily on a windowsill, waiting for something amazing to happen. The owl is waiting for the moon. The pig is waiting for the rain. The bear is waiting for the wind. The puppy is waiting for the snow. And the rabbit is just looking out the window because he likes to wait! What will happen? Will patience win in the end? Or someday will the friends stop waiting and do something unexpected?
Waiting is a big part of childhood—waiting in line, waiting to grow up, waiting for something special to happen—but in this book, a child sets the stage and pulls the strings. Timeless, beautiful, and deeply heartfelt, this picture book about imaginative play, the seasons, friendship, and surprises marks a new pinnacle in Caldecott Medalist Kevin Henkes’s extraordinary career.
“The short sentences of the text flow with the precision one would expect from a master picture-book creator like Henkes. Little ones, to whom each experience is new, will know what it’s like to dream and wait.”—ALA Booklist
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This book is absolutely lovely. It is also nothing like what I expected -- apparently there is a whole Kevin Henkes world that we need to discover. We know and love Henkes from Chrysanthemum, Owen, Lilly, Wemberly; you know, his wonderful mice. Those books are funny, both in the text and in the pictures, and a little bit silly, but also sweet, loving, and wonderful for children who are facing transitions or who worry. As Kindergarten begins this month, we've been reading them non-stop at our house. Waiting is, in many ways, completely different from those books. Visually it is in a different style, and it is lovely. Breathtaking. Sweet. Timeless. In the mice books, I enjoyed the illustrations as part of the story, but here in Waiting, I enjoy the illustrations on their own. As for the story, there is a little humor, but it's much subtler; I smiled but I didn't laugh. There is not a central character with a trial to overcome or a milestone to reach. It is a calm story with not a whole lot going on. And this is why I feel, at root, it fits in with the Henkes' work we know and love. After reading Waiting, I immediately bought it, because it is so perfect to read with my little ones in this September of school transitions, tiredness, and stress. It is relaxing and lovely. Both my brand-new preschooler and my brand-new Kindergartner recommend this book.
 

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