Monday, June 17, 2013

The Hello, Goodbye Window

Author: Norton Juster
Illustrator:   Chris Raschka
Publisher:  Hyperion Books for Children
Publication Year:   2005
Location: Knox County Public Library- Powell

Awards:   Caldecott, ALA Notable, SLJ Best Books, Parenting Magazine Best Book, Horn Book Honor, NYT Best Illustrated

Summary:  At Nanny & Poppy's house there is a special window: a hello, goodbye window. But the rest of the house is pretty amazing too. The narrator's pure love for his grandparents and their house just jumps off the page. Raschka's vibrant colorful child-like illustration are gorgeous and the reader can't help but fall in love with Nanny & Poppy's house! (I couldn't find it online, but the illustration of the house at night is my favorite.)

Classroom Ideas: This is such a perfect book as a mentor text. Once they've read it, kids can write and illustrate a story about a special place in their life.

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