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Posted November 22, 2006
A trip to the Grandparents worth reading about through realistic fiction
The Hello, Goodbye Window by Norton Juster, is a story about a child who visits her Nanna and Poppy. Her favorite thing about their home is the kitchen window. To her their is no other window like it. The window is were she first views her grandparents waving to greet her. To the child so many amazing things happen while peering through it. For instance, they play games, jokes, make scary or silly faces, look at reflectins and stars, and imagine new creatures. The child also recalls some of her favorite memories at her grandparents. She tells her most enjoyable one is, ' Oatmeal with bananas and raisans that you can't see because he hides the down inside. I find them all.' The window is also were she says goodbye to her grandparents and watch them as she leaves. The author Norton Juster, served in the U.S. Navy before becoming an architect. While architecture was his primary goal, he was also a teacher at Hampshire College from 1970 until 1992. He now lives in Amherst, MA with his wife Jeane. The book Hello, Goodbye Window wrote in 2005, was awarded the 2006 Caldecott Medal. The illustrature, Chris Raschka, used child-like pictures to portray that the story is being told by a child. This book is intended for preschool through 2nd grade. I like the story, it reminded me of my many trips to my grandparents who were always waiting and watching in the window. The book is about memories and how one day, you will be the one looking out the window saying 'Hello' and 'Goodbye' to your grandparents. The book while childish was heart warming.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 26, 2006
Normally houses have many windows, they may be different types or different sizes, but this house is special, for the kitchen window is no normal kitchen window, it¿s a hello, goodbye window. ¿It looks like a regular window, but it¿s not.¿ To anyone else who looks at it, it is just a regular window, but for one little girl and her grandparents, it is the window by which everything important happens. When the little girl arrives at the window, she sees her grandparents at the special window even before she gets inside. And at night, the little girl and her grandparents say goodnight to the stars through the magic window. Every moment is a new adventure by the hello, goodbye window, for ¿it¿s a magic window and anybody can come along when you least expect it.¿ The question is what will the next adventure be? The Hello, Goodbye Window is a great family story for children of all ages. It depicts through the eyes of a child what a child¿s relationship with his/her grandparents might be like and what it¿s like to spend the night at your grandparent¿s house. The special hello, goodbye window also represents many of the wonderful things that can happen in your life. While the illustrations on every page are very bright, I do not really care for them for they seem to be so `sloppy¿. When I first saw this book, I did not have any interest in reading it at all however, I did like the story. This book teaches children that while spending time away from your parents may seem scary, spending time with your grandparents can be a lot of fun. And you never know what you might see through the next window. Norton Juster was born in 1929, and from the time he was a child, he knew he wanted to become an architect. But before he settled down to begin his career, he served in the United States Navy. He went on to become an architect and a teacher (he is now retired from both jobs). He is famous primarily for having written two children's books: The Phantom Tollbooth and The Dot and the Line. The Hello, Goodbye Window is Norton¿s first picture book. Juster currently lives in Amherst, Massachusetts with his wife, Jeanne. Juster, Norton. The Hello, Goodbye Window. New York: Michael Di Capua Books/Hyperion Books for Children, 2005. RL: Ages 4-8, Grades K-2Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 7, 2009
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