Waiting

Waiting

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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

Publisher: New York, NY : Greenwillow Books, [2015]
Edition: First editon.
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9780062368430
0062368435
9780062368447
0062368443
Branch Call Number: E HEN
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) :,colour illustrations

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elfiereads
Jun 01, 2019

Such a great story....now my granddaughter wants to put toys on the window ledge

forbesrachel Jan 28, 2017

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Waiting. Patience. Living in the moment. These are the things that Henkes' beautifully-fashioned picture book tells us to treasure. As a group of toys sit upon a windowsill, they think about what they each individually love to watch. Each anticipates something completely different from the others, and yet they all watch together regardless of what is happening, just enjoying their quiet companionship. The old-time design, with its light water colours and pencils, subtly supports the soothing tone of the author's concisely restrained words. Everything is so carefully planned, and laid out on these cream-coloured pages, that the composition itself is beautiful to behold. Not much happens as the years pass, but for these toys, that is alright, they are content.

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jannylegs
Jul 14, 2016

Very sweet.

GSPLjodie Oct 06, 2015

As with most Kevin Henkes books, the beauty lies not only in the story, but the quiet beauty of his art. Such a wonderfully illustrated, beautiful picture book.

ChristchurchLib Sep 21, 2015

Since patience can be a challenge at any age, all kinds of readers may take heart from this understated tale. Looking out from a windowsill, a small group of toys -- an owl, a puppy, a pig, a bear, and a rabbit -- quietly abide in anticipation. Some are waiting for a change in the weather, or for their human companion, while others are content and sustained by their friendship despite the changes happening around them. Similar to Julie Fogliano's If You Want to See a Whale, this sweetly contemplative slice of life depicts a truth that even the most active children can recognize: sometimes, you just have to slow down, look around, and wait. Picture books newsletter September 2015

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alfabrizio
Sep 14, 2018

alfabrizio thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 4 and 6

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