The Hello, Goodbye Window

The Hello, Goodbye Window


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ISBN-13: 9780786809141
Publisher: Disney Press
Publication date: 05/01/2005
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 95,174
Product dimensions: 10.50(w) x 11.37(h) x 0.50(d)
Lexile: AD760L (what's this?)
Age Range: 4 - 8 Years

About the Author

Chris Raschka is the Caldecott-Award-winning illustrator of The Hello Goodbye Window and A Ball for Daisy. He also received a Caldecott Honor for Yo! Yes? and has written and illustrated numerous books for children, for which he was nominated for the Hans Christian Andersen Award in 2012. He lives in New York City.

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Hello, Goodbye Window 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 87 reviews.
DushiyanthiMcCarley on LibraryThing 5 months ago
A little girl talks about her favorite place in her grandparent's house. Her grandparents live in a big house and her favorite place is the window which you pass before you go into the house. She calls it the hello and goodbye window. Her grand parents spend alot of their time in the kitchen, having meals,visiting, playing instruments and even giving the babies a bath at the kitchen sink. Before they go to bed at night they stand by the window and look at the stars. In the morning the window is the first place they go. When the little girl is tired and wants to rest she goes and sits by the window and when her parents come to pick her up she says her goodbyes to her grandparents at the window. She hopes someday when she has a house of her own she will have a similar window. I was able to relate to this book since when I was growing up, my grand mother's house had a similar window however it was not in the kitchen but in one of the other rooms. Extension 1. I would ask the students to paint a picture of their kitchen window and paint their favorite place in the kitchen.2. I would also have the students write 2-3 sentences about the place in their house they like the most.
jodyjlittle on LibraryThing 5 months ago
This picture book shares the story of a little girl's days at her grandparent's house. Through the big kitchen window, which she calls the "hello, goodbye window" she watches the world outdoors. She makes funny faces at her grandparents through the window. She watches the garden grow. She watches their reflections and she even watches and imagines people coming to visit.
lisa_tugmon on LibraryThing 5 months ago
This book is about a little girl who loves visiting her grandparents. The kitchen window in her grandparent's house becomes her favorite spot in the house. Her grandmother told her it was magic because anyone could come along when you least expect it. She sees the window as more than just a window now, but a place where she can say hello to the outside world and watch people come and go and she also uses the window as a mirror.This book is cute. It portrays the loving relationship that most children have with their grandparents. It made me think about the little things in life that my grandparents made the most enjoyable things out of. Children will be able to relate to this book because they love to visit their grandparents. The illustrationa are different but very cute and childlike. Classroom Extension #1: The children could paint or color a picture of their favorite place in their grandparents house. As the children are creating their pictures discuss why they have picked those places and what makes it special to them.Classroom Extension #2: Have the children make a picture of what they see when they look out of a window, whether it be when they look out of the window at school, home, or in the car. Once they have finished the picture have them make a window over the picture using popsicle sticks and some sort of clear paper. The children will draw their picture, glue/tape/staple the clear paper over the picture, and then glue the popsicle sticks on the clear paper in the shape of a window.
arielaver on LibraryThing 5 months ago
This is the story of a small child visiting grandparents. I love that this book represents and ethnically diverse family without having that be the topic of the text.
lisab818 on LibraryThing 5 months ago
This 2006 Caldecott winner is beautiful. Written from the point of view of a young girl visiting her grandparents' house, the book describes all of the little things about a trip to Poppy and Nanna's that make a child never want to leave. The artwork is done in an impressionistic style and encourages the reader to keep looking and looking at the scene.Classroom Ideas: reading/writing connection, author compare with Phantom Tollbooth, voice
mccabe1030 on LibraryThing 5 months ago
This is a beautifully written and illustrated tale of a family¿s special ritual. Nanna and Poppy live in a big house where they spend, like most southern families, the majority of their time in the kitchen. In the kitchen they can see the world though the special Hello Goodbye window. ¿It looks like a regular window but it¿s not.¿ It¿s a peek inside the special relationship they share with their granddaughter. The illustrations tell the tale that words cannot. The drawings are impressionist type of drawings that give very few details. The facial expressions are created and illuminated through the use of simple lines.
Meerkat4 on LibraryThing 5 months ago
A run down of a little girls life at here "Poppy & Nanna's" house, I thought it was a fun story following the main character through her day & nights. The art was fantastic and really applied itself well to the story line in my opinion. Some parts were a bit wordy, so I wouldn't recommend it to real young listeners, simply because you would never get passed the 5th page. I would recommend it to listeners older than 3 at least.
Mparis on LibraryThing 5 months ago
This is the story of a little girl who gets to spend some time at her grandparent's house. They have a lot of fun saying hello, goodbye, and playing through a special window in this special house.The illustrations and text of this book are both warm and colorful. It's lovely to see a child enjoying her grandparents so much.Theme/Classroom connection: Family, grandparents
Janeece on LibraryThing 5 months ago
The Hello, Goodbye Window is a story about a little girl who spends the night with her grandparents and has a certain window where she starts her day and ends her day. This window is where her grandparents let her imagation run wild. She goes as far as having tea with the Queen of England through this window. This story is one of imagation, but one of a small child having fun at her grandparents house. The illstrations in this book are very unique, because they appear to have an abstract look to them. I feel that i had a connection with this story, because i have a remenberance of going to my grandparents house and doing things that i couldn't do at my house. I think that my students will connect to this story, because they probably have a special thing that they get to do when they go to their granparents. As a classroom extension I am going to have students use water colors to paint a scene that they have experineced at their grandparents house. Another idea would be to have my students write about either when they stayed with their grandparents or what they will do next time they spend the night with them.
katrinafroelich on LibraryThing 5 months ago
This book captures the every day experiences and emotions of a young girl. It is written from her perspective, and is honest and revealing about her mixed emotions and familial love. The illustrations are whimsical and bright, however much like a child¿s first drawings, difficult to discern at times. (When I read this to my 4 year old, she declared she was ¿done¿ after 3pgs.
MarieliGoodner on LibraryThing 5 months ago
This story is about a little girl who tells about her visits to her grandparent's house that begin and end with a window that inspires her imagination. Not only can she see who's on the other side of the window when she first arrives, she also uses it to pretend what's happening inside and outside of the house. This story was a hit with my children. They are very close to their grandparents who use to live out in the country. Being out in the country, grandma had gardens and grandad had plenty of land for my children to explore. This story reminded them of what it was like on their visits. In a classroom, I would ask that my students think of a special grandparent or grandfriend and have them bring in a photo of that person or draw a picture then share with the class about what makes them so special to him or her. Another idea would be to have the students draw their own Hello, Goodbye Window and then use their imagination to either write or share with the class about what they see happening through their Hello, Goodbye Window.
simss on LibraryThing 5 months ago
A girl that tells about what her grandparents go around the house and talks about the window that is in the kitchen how she sees in, through, and beyond the window.My personal experience is when I was little my brother and I would wait by the window and say hello and goodbye to my dad as he went to and from work.An idea that I would use for the classroom is have students tell about their house and things they do around the house.
danusia on LibraryThing 5 months ago
This story written in an authentic child's voice teaches the lesson that we must enjoy each day and the gifts it has to offer. The bright colorful illustrations move with the joyfulness the child feels when visiting her grandparents. Although the illustrations may be too busy to share with a group, it is Perfect for sharing on grandma's lap!
kmacneill on LibraryThing 5 months ago
A simple thing like a window can be so much more. This book is about a little girl and the various ways her days with them revolve around the exciting opportunities a window can bring like saying hello or good bye through it, or smooshing your face against it, or seeing who¿s coming to visit. One part in the book the child, who is the narrator, says that she is happy and sad at the same time and explains it simply by saying ¿that happens sometimes¿. Children can really enjoy this book. It has unique illustrations that stand out. It would be great as a read aloud for kindergarten or first.
kayceel on LibraryThing 5 months ago
This is a sweet, charming look at a loving set of grandparents and the granddaughter who adores them. The granddaughter loves her Nanna and Poppy's kichen window, through which she and they interact and enjoy the world and each other.The grandparents are interracial in Raschka's painting, but this never emphasized - it simply is, which is a lovely touch.Recommended!
fullerl on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Perhaps my all time favorite children's book, The Hello, Goodbye Window is a charming look into a child's view of her world. When her parents are at work, the child stays with her beloved Nana and Poppy, who take good care of her. The fun begins before she even walks through the door, at the window the book is named after. Completely confident in her place in her grandparent's hearts, the narrator beautifully portrays the grandparent/grandchild relationship. The illustrations for this story are very whimsical and childlike. It is as though the narrator is not simply telling about her time at her grandparent¿s house, but is also trying to show us.
quicksilvertears on LibraryThing 5 months ago
With colorful child-like paintings, the reader gets to see through the eyes of a child Nana and Poppy's house. This reminds me of my explorations of my grandma's house. It was full of tiny animals made of glass where as this little girl's grandparents have a tiger in the garden, which is an orange tabby cat. I like the pictures of the little girls taking a bath in the sink and Poppy spraying her with the hose. The story is sweet and the illustrations remind me of finger-painting fun.
missrader on LibraryThing 5 months ago
The story of a grandchild visiting her grandparents house and the different activities that take place. The hello, goodbye window is the place where granparents and grandchild interact with the world.
misscopaneca on LibraryThing 5 months ago
This story is so sweet! I love the illustrations which convey warmth, family, love, and happiness through rich colors, the characters' expressions, and the artist's unique style. The story is about the relationship between a little girl and her grandparents, happy hours spent in their kitchen, and the significance of the kitchen window in their relationship. Grandma and grandpa, as well as mom and dad are portrayed as interracial couples. This story would be a wonderful read-aloud for families to enjoy together, and would work great in the classroom as part of a unit on family/community.
alphaselene on LibraryThing 5 months ago
4Q, 4P. Endearing story of a multi-cultural family and a grand-daughter's favorite window in her grandparent's house.
mbackes10 on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Wonderful pictures and a great story line of a child's experience visiting her grandparents.
LeilaniKTaylor on LibraryThing 5 months ago
A little girl calls the kitchen window in her grandparents house the "hello, goodbye window" because that is where she spends most of her time and has most of her memories while at her nanna and poppy's house. I thought the story was sweet and innocent, because when families spend most of their time in one place children seem to put that special place near to their heart. I loved how her nanna and poppy used that special place to make her laugh and use her imagination. The bright colors created a sense of peace and happiness. In the classroom, children could draw pictures of what their families do that make them happy, or where they spend most of their quality time. Children can write about memories they have with their grandparents, or family traditions, or stories that are always told to them that they do not remember from when they were smaller.
julieah on LibraryThing 5 months ago
In The Hello Goodbye Window, a young girl visits her Nanna and Poppy¿s home. The book takes the reader through the young girl¿s experiences as she spends a day of exploring and using her imagination. The window in their kitchen is a special one. The young girl and her Nanna and Poppy spend time a great deal of time looking outside it-daydreaming and looking at the stars. This is also the spot where they spend time together- playing games and saying hello and goodbye. The simple yet impressionistic artwork bring the text alive and no matter your age, you feel like a child when reading this book. It is an imaginative book that is perfect for any elementary classroom. Good for a read aloud or another edition to a classroom library.
picardopicks on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Caldecott Medal Winner 2006This is the story of a little girl who enjoys visiting her grandparents. It is told from the little girl's point of view, as she finds staying with Nana and Poppy a great adventure. She loves their house, especially the kitchen window which they call 'The Hello, Goodbye Window' because it is in the exact perfect spot for everything. According to the little girl she can see real and imaginary people coming and going from the house in the special window. The story also covers all the activities she does with her grandparents like listening to her Poppy play the harmonica, coloring at the kitchen table, watching the stars at night and playing in the garden.This story is written as a love letter to grandparents everywhere. The admiration and love the grand-daughter shows towards her grandparents is endearing and realistic. The little girl's focus on the "Hello, Goodbye Window" in the house shows how kids get fixated on certain things and brought charm to the story. It was great to see a story about a multicultural family with the Grandfather being white and Grandmother being black. Nana and Poppy are engaging characters that are relatable to all kids who have fun and lively grandparents. The colourful illustrations almost look like they were drawn by children with crayons, so I can see a lot of kids connecting personally to the pictures.
weeksie50 on LibraryThing 5 months ago
This book fosters creativity in young children.It is about what Cat sees out the window.