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Overview

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. It is also a love song devoted to that special relationship between grandparents and grandchild.

The world for this little girl will soon grow larger and more complex but never more enchanting or deeply felt.

Winner of the 2006 Caldecott Medal

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In his first picture book, Phantom Tollbooth author Norton Juster joins forces with Chris Raschka for a top-notch tale filled with family-themed fun and lots of heart. Following a girl who goes to visit her grandparents, Juster’s soothing story centers around Nanna and Poppy’s “Hello, Goodbye Window” -- a portal into, and out of, their magical world, all brought to life by Raschka’s vibrantly colored, imaginative illustrations. No doubt, it’s a world you’ll want to visit, too.
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This sweet slice-of-life pays homage to a loving grandparent-grandchild relationship. A little girl describes the everyday magic of time spent with her grandparents, insightfully using the kitchen window as a reference point because "the kitchen is where Nanna and Poppy are most of the time." Through it they greet the day, look at the stars, and blow kisses when saying good-bye. Both the wonder-filled text and the loose, impressionistic paintings are endearingly childlike, communicating a profound respect for the young. (ages 4 to 6)
Child magazine's Best Children's Book Awards 2005
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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.
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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.
—Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
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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.
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On the title page, a little girl springs away from her parents; turn the page, and the reader sees only her arms on the gate, the reader taking her perspective as she looks over to the white clapboard house where her Nanna and Poppy's faces stare equally eagerly out of the Hello, Goodbye Window. The exuberant tot proceeds to spend a thoroughly idyllic overnight with her loving grandparents, the stay punctuated by a harmonica serenade, a bike ride ("Not in the street, please") and a nap. Juster adopts the voice of the child, whose present-tense narration is just right, describing pleasures (saying good night to the stars) and perils (the tiger at the back of the garden) with a steady, sweet candor. Raschka's mixed-media illustrations are characteristically loose and energetic, depicting this happy, biracial family with jewel tones and extravagant swirls. As the little girl unwinds at the end of the stay, she imagines the many possible visitors who might come to the Hello, Goodbye Window-but no one is more happily welcomed than her parents, who pick her up after her picture-perfect day. (Picture book. 3-7)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780439897501
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 6/30/2005
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Chris Raschka received a Caldecott Medal for The Hello, Goodbye Window and a Caldecott Honor for Yo! Yes? He has written and/or illustrated numerous books for children, among them three by bell hooks. He lives with his wife and son in New York City.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 7, 2013

    Great to read to little ones ages.

    This is a wonderful story of a little girl who stays with grandma and grandpa while her parents go to work each day. My husband and I took care of our two grandchildren everyday too. I used to read this book to my granddaughter and grandson each day at nap time when they were ages 3 and 4, and for years after. Now they're ages 7 and 9 and they like to read it to me from time to time. It was definitely our favorite, and now it's an old friend we still enjoy together. In fact, I'm going to a close friend's daughter's baby shower this weekend and we're suppose to bring a children's book... I bought this one : )

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 10, 2013

    One of my favorite books of All Time... I read it to my grandaug

    One of my favorite books of All Time... I read it to my grandaughter and fell in love with the way you can make it your own and read it any 'quirky way you want. I'll have to get another as my oldest moved and took it with her so I need another for my youngest grandchildren. Sooo Fun to read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2012

    Recommended- Colorful pages and wonderful story!

    As a Nanna and Poppy we were drawn to the story. Our grandchildren - ages 2 & 3 - love the story and ask to read it again and again.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2009

    My three year old really enjoys this book.

    I didn't really appreciate this book until I read it aloud to my three year old daughter (she JUST turned three). It is told through a child's point of view as she describes the time she spends at her grandparent's house. She describes the activities, most of which are quite ordinary, made special and extraordinary by the little quirks that make these experiences uniquely hers. It reminds me of how I perceived my experiences at my grandparents' houses when I was a small child. We've read this book many times, at my daughter's request. The illustrations are a bit abstract but didn't seem to be a turn off to my daughter. I like how she's getting exposed to a different type of illustration style. It's really a lovely book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 9, 2009

    Enjoyable book that shows the wonders of being a child

    I really enjoyed this book and I would recommend it to both children and adults. This book shows the joys of childhood. It takes you back to the creative and imaginative world of children. It illustrates the special bond and relationship between children and grandparents. It is fun and easy for children to read and understand. The pictures are beautiful and pleasurable to look at. As a teacher I would use it in my classroom as a read aloud and discussion book. This book brings up the topics of childhood, family, and growing up. Important topics for children to discuss and understand. I truly enjoyed this book and I am excited to one day share it to my students in my classroom.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 30, 2007

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    Norton Juster is a retired architect, retired teacher, a grandfather, and a writer. He is the author of The Phantom Tollbooth, The dot and the Line, and The Hello, Goodbye Window. Chris Raschka has produced works that include Happy to Be Nappy, little tree, Be Boy Buzz, Skin Again, and The Hello, Goodbye Window. Raschka won the 2006 Caldecott Medal for The Hello, Goodbye Window. Nanna and Poppy live in a great big house that has lots of windows, but only one special hello, goodbye window. This window is located in the kitchen where anyone that comes to visit can be seen before they reach the door. When Nanna and Poppy are not looking, the little girl likes to play jokes on them. At night, her and Poppy use the window as a mirror. Nanna told her that the window is magic, and you never know who may come along. She wants a window just like Nanna and Poppy¿s when she grows up.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 22, 2007

    Hello Goodbye Window

    I loved this book. I thought that the illustrations were captivating and told the story even without the words. This book is about a little girl that loves looking out the window of her grandparent's house to see who is coming to the house or who is leaving the house. She loves to wave when people pass. She says, 'It looks like a regular window, but it's not.' She says that she can see the pizza man when he gets there. Later in the story, she says, 'When I get tired I come in and take my nap and nothing happens until I get up.' This shows that she is a very young child and that the story would be appealing to a young audience of children. Norton Juster was born June 2, 1929. He is an architect, writer, and teacher, his architectural career being most important to him since a young child. Before he established his architectural career, he served in the United States Navy. He was a professor at Hampshire College teaching architecture and environmental from 1970 until he retired in 1992. Juster, Norton. Hello, Goodbye Window. New York: Michael Di Capua Books, 2005.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 22, 2007

    The Hello Goodbye Window

    Norton Juster, born 6-2-1929, wanted to be an architect ever since he was a child. He served in the navy before he became an architect. Later he became a teacher. He taught architecture and environmental design at Hampshire College, where he retired. After his retirement he and his wife moved to Amherst, MA, where he wrote 'The Hello Goodbye Window¿. In this adorable book a young girl explains the joy and wonders that are the kitchen window. She explains how she and her grandparents communicate through the window. They play with each other through the window and build fond memories together. The book is illustrated with vibrant colorful pictures. They catch the eye and spark the imagination. I would highly recommend this book. Juster, Norton. The Hello Goodbye Window. Hyperion Books for Children, 2005. Reading Level 3.5

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 23, 2007

    The Hello Goodbye Window

    I absolutly loved this book! It is about a child who believes that the window in their parents house is a magic window! The grandmother says ' The window is a magic getaway, everything important happens buy this window'. She also tells her that ' ITs a magic window and anyone can come along when you least expect it! The girl uses her imagination and this window becomes her favorite place! IT is great in showing the relationship between grandparents and grandchildren!! IT is a great book for 2nd!Juster, Norton. The Hello, Goodbye Window. New York, NY: Text Copyright, 2005.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 22, 2007

    The Hello Goodbye Window

    Caldecott Book Title: The Hello, Goodbye Window Reading Level: Third Grade Genre: Fiction About the Author: Norton Juster is an architect, a retired teacher and a grandfather, as well as a writer. He is the author of the children¿s classic The Phantom Tollbooth and the mathematical romance The Dot and the Line. The Hello Goodbye Window is his first picture book. Book Review: The Hello, Goodbye Window is a story about a little girl who goes to visit her grandparents. The kitchen window at her Nanna and Poppy¿s house is a special window and it¿s the ¿hello, goodbye window¿. Everything important happens near it, through it, and beyond it. When the little girl arrives at her grandparents¿ house, she greets them through the window. ¿If they see you first, they wave and make silly faces.¿ Poppy pretends to talk to the reflected images. ¿What are you doing out there? You come right in and have your dinner¿, he said. Her Nanna plays peek a boo with her through the magic window. ¿Sometimes Nanna peek-a-boos me, which always makes me laugh.¿ The little girl decides when you grows up she might be a Nanna herself and have her own special ¿hello, goodbye window¿, too. This is a heart warming story that displays the affection a little girl has for her grandparents. It was very enjoyable to read and was written in kid talk. Kids of all ages would enjoy this book. Bibliographic Information: Juster, Norton. The Hello, Goodbye Window. New York: Michael Di Capua Books, 2005.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 22, 2007

    The 'secret ' window

    The Hello, Goodbye Window is a realistic fiction story about a little girl who visits her grandparents and always stops at the kitchen window of their home before entering. She says, ¿It looks like a regular window, but it¿s not¿. She goes on to explain what makes this window so special. It was the Caldecott Award Winner in 2006. This is a heartwarming story that all kids will enjoy, especially if they spend much time with their grandparents. This book would be most appropriate for children ages 4-8. The author, Norton Juster, is a retired teacher and architect. He is a father and a grandfather. He is the author of the children¿s classic The Phantom Tollbooth. The Hello, Goodbye Window is his first picture book. The illustrator of this book is Chris Raschka. His titles include Happy to Be Nappy, little tree, Be Boy Buzz, and Skin Again. Juster, Norton. The Hello, Goodbye Window. New York: Hyperion Books for Children, 2005.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 23, 2007

    Time at Grandma's House

    The 2006 Caldecott Medal Winner is an excellent book with beautiful illustrations. It is a story about a girl and the way she sees her Nanna and Poppy's house. She gazes through the kitchen window and sees that it is more than a window to view the outside, but can be used as a mirror or a way to say hello to the garden or the stars. The story shows how much the girl loves her gradparents and enjoys visiting their house. This is a great story that both my children enjoyed. They could relate to the girl because they both enjoy visits to their grandparents.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2007

    Fun and Imaginative

    I think this book is really cute. The text seems like it is actually coming from a child. The pictures are amazing. I love the bright and bold colors and how they look like a child has drawn them. I think that's part of what children enjoy about this book, they can connect with the illustrations because they are like their own drawings. Nothing is perfect in his drawings and this allows for children to use their imagination and have fun with the book. I also like how the ethnicity of the characters is not specified by his drawings. You really can't tell their ethnicity by the colors he uses, which is another reason that all children can make a connection with the book. In my opinion, this book was worthy of the Caldecott medal.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 27, 2006

    A Special Bond

    The Hello Goodbye Window The Hello, Goodbye Window is a special window that is full of imaginations and dreams. A Poppy and Nana, share a special bond with their granddaughter and this one particular window in the kitchen. The window is used for saying hello and goodbye to people who came and go. Nana sometimes watches her husband and granddaughter through the window making funny face at them as they play outside. A night time Nana and her granddaughter sit by the window counting and naming the stars. If you look close into the window sometime who can even see dinosaurs, but not often because they are extinct! It¿s great for Nana because she can keep a close watch on her garden to make sure that the neighbors¿ dog is not destroying things. The best part is when the granddaughter¿s parents come to pick her up, Nana and Poppy stand at the window waving goodbye. Norton Juster does an exceptional job of describing the relationship between the granddaughter and her grandparents. The illustrations done by Chris Raschka sparkle with bright colors and make the book come to life. Juster, Norton. The Hello, Goodbye Window. New York: Scholastic Inc, 2005

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 26, 2006

    Not Worthy of a Caldecott Medal

    This book was not one of my favorites. One reason is that I didn¿t like the illustrations. I found them too jumbled and hard to understand. The story was okay, but would have been better if the illustrations could have helped interpret it. I think young children will have a hard time understanding the story without clear drawings. The story is about a little girl who visits her Nana and Poppy. They have a hello, goodbye window. The little girl tells how she looks through the window at different times during the visit and what she sees through the window. I don¿t recommend it even though it won the Caldecott Medal in 2006.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 27, 2006

    Do you have any special memories of visits to your grandparents house when you were little?

    The Hello, Goodbye Window is a story about a little girl who goes to visit her grandparents. When she is at her Nana and Poppy¿s house she is always passing by the 'hello, goodbye window'. It is the window in the kitchen of Nanna and Poppy's house. 'It looks like a regular window, but it's not'. The hello, goodbye window is special. When the little girl first arrives she greets her grandparents through at the window before she goes inside. When she leaves it's where they say their last goodbyes. During the visit, they all spend a lot of time together in the kitchen looking through the window. The little girl and her Poppy look at the window one night and they see their reflections through the window like a mirror. It looks like they are outside looking in. Poppy pretends to talk to the reflected images. 'What are you doing out there? You come right in and have your dinner', he said. 'The Hello, Goodbye Window' is a heartwarming book that portrays the affection a young child has for her grandparents. It is written in kid talk. It's about being together with family and those that you love. It's about sharing what you have, in this case it was time, fun, experiences and love. The window also serves as that constant we sometimes have in our lives in a place where we can be ourselves and be safe. Something that connects us to what's around us and the people around us.

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  • Anonymous

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 26, 2006

    Caldecott Winner!

    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-2

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 26, 2006

    hello, goodbye window

    The Hello, Goodbye Window is about a little girl that goes over to her grandparents house and stays. The thing she remembers most about their house is a window by the kitchen. I really enjoyed this book because any child can relate to it. They can relate to the things the child does while she stays with her grandparents. In the end, it talks about always waving out the window and giving kisses. This is something that every child does when they leave their grandparents. I really loved the use of watercolors in the illustrations also. It is very bright and colorful. Norton Juster is an author and an architect. He also served in the U.S. Navy. He became a professor and also opened his own architectural firm. Now, he resides with his wife and writes. Juster, Norton. The Hello, Goodbye Window. Michael Di Capua Books. 2005.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 29, 2006

    Hello, Goodbye Window

    This book is a great story that I really enjoyed. The theme of the book is one that children of all ages are able to enjoy and reread over and over again. The story deals with a young girl who loves to look out the window and her grandparents house and wave hello and good-bye to all the people that passes by. Juster currently lives in Amherst, MA with his wife, Jeanne. Although he has retired from architecture, he still writes. This book is excellent for children in the third grade because the concept is something they can understand and emphasize with.

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