Oh No! Time to Go!: A Book of Goodbyes

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A playful, reassuring book that helps make saying goodbye a little easier.

In this deceptively simple picture book by the author of Some Helpful Tips for a Better World and a Happier Life, there’s a new goodbye on every page. Some of them are easy, like when it’s time to go home for supper. Some of them are funny, like when dogs say it with a growl. And some are much harder, like when a very best friend moves away.

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Overview

A playful, reassuring book that helps make saying goodbye a little easier.

In this deceptively simple picture book by the author of Some Helpful Tips for a Better World and a Happier Life, there’s a new goodbye on every page. Some of them are easy, like when it’s time to go home for supper. Some of them are funny, like when dogs say it with a growl. And some are much harder, like when a very best friend moves away.

With a bouncy rhyming text and vibrant, droll illustrations, this book of goodbyes leaves readers with a heartwarming thought: that for each goodbye, there’s always a new hello.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Debby Willett
There are myriad individual ways to say goodbye, from toodle-oo, g'bye, to later gator! The concept of bidding farewell can be difficult for young children to understand. Auntie Lou wants to have a chat and drink tea, and then it is time for goodbye. Uncle Ed, with his southern drawl, says "bye y'all." When Granny comes for a visit, there are hugs and kisses, but there is always a "Goodbye." Other goodbyes can be just a handshake or event the baby who says "Goo-goo." Dogs seem to have it easier than anyone else—a simple "Grrr!" sends another canine on his way. There is another kind of goodbye that is more difficult for a young child such as a good friend moving away. Yet, along with goodbyes one also encounters hellos. This rhyming book of meeting, visiting, and saying goodbye will help young readers understand the concept of parting company. The primary-color illustrations are drawn to appeal to young readers. The book reminders readers and those who read to them that goodbyes are a part of life. Reviewer: Debby Willett
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PreS-Gr 1

A young boy recounts the many ways he and his family members say goodbye. "It's Toodle-oo, ta-ta, kiss-kiss says Auntie Lou"; "Cousin Jazzy, he's one hip cat,/ he says Be cool and tips his hat." One child says goodbye in sign language. The most painful parting takes place when the boy's best friend moves away, but it comes with the realization that her departure will bring a new friend. Opaque, brightly colored illustrations outlined in black ink are rendered in a spare, stylized manner. The characters reflect a wide variety of racial backgrounds, including the young boy whose own family is interracial. This satisfying tale conveys an important truth about how life's goodbyes often lead to new hellos.-Kathleen Finn, St. Francis Xavier School, Winooski, VT

Kirkus Reviews
Saying goodbye is the topic here, and this young boy does not like to do it; he'd rather say hello, though goodbyes, he knows, are a fact of life. Rhyming text and colorful line-and-color cartoons sprinkled with gentle humor demonstrate how his friends and family members say goodbye in various situations, and there are many ways, he notes: different words and accents, a wave, a grrr! (from his dog), just to start. The worst goodbye he's ever had to say was when a friend moved, which was far from easy, but, he points out, "for each goodbye . . . there's a new hello." If the rhyme is sometimes a little awkward, the points made are clear and easy to understand. While acknowledging the trouble some youngsters have with farewells, this informative take sticks to the positive and shows the pleasure of a good hello, bringing both into perspective. A good introduction to the topic for preschool use or for children learning about comings and goings. (Picture book. 3-6)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780375849817
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 5/12/2009
  • Pages: 40
  • Age range: 3 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.20 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Rebecca Doughty is the author and illustrator of Some Helpful Tips for a Better World and a Happier Life, You Are to Me, and Lost and Found, as well as the illustrator of One of Those Days by Amy Krouse Rosenthal. She lives in Massachusetts.

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