Waiting (Hardcover)

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By Kevin Henkes, Kevin Henkes (Illustrator)
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Five toys sit on a windowsill, waiting. Just...waiting. And watching, of course, and talking in their own ways, but this sweet read-aloud tale is designed to share its sense of peace and patience with its small readers. The pastel illustrations, simply and cleverly drawn by Caldecott-winning artist Henkes, leave a whole world to the imagination while including the most important details to know exactly what’s going on in these toys’ heads. I haven’t been so utterly charmed--or felt so completely peaceful--after reading a book in a long time.

— From Liz's Kids Book Recommendations


Caldecott Honor and Geisel Honor Book

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

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Product Details
ISBN: 9780062368430
ISBN-10: 0062368435
Publisher: Greenwillow Books
Publication Date: September 1st, 2015
Pages: 32
Language: English