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The Hello, Goodbye Window

The Hello, Goodbye Window

by Norton Juster Illustrated by Chris Raschka

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In this Caldecott-winning title with art by Chris Raschka, an exuberant, imaginative little girl explains how she spends her time with her grandparents while her parents are at work. Raschka's style resembles the spontaneous drawings of children, perfectly mirroring the guileless young narrator's exuberant voice. White space balances the density of the layered colors, creating a visual experience that is surprisingly sophisticated.

This is a love song devoted to that special relationship between grandparents and grandchild.
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, expressed as a joyful fusion of text with evocative and exuberant illustrations.The world for this little girl will soon grow larger and more complex, but never more enchanting or deeply felt.

"With a few energetic lines, Raschka suggests a world filled with affection and humor," said Award Committee Chair Gratia Banta. "The richly textured tones of these expressive illustrations convey the emotional warmth of the intergenerational connection."

6, 5
Interest Level
Grades PreK - 2
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Michael Di Capua Books
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About the Author and Illustrator

Norton Juster Norton Juster is the author of the children's classic The Phantom Tollbooth and the mathematical romance The Dot and the Line. The Hello, Goodbye Window was his first picture book, which he recently followed up with Sourpuss and Sweetie Pie
Chris Raschka Award-winning author and illustrator Chris Raschka draws on his childhood memories to write his picture books.

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