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Kenny's Window

By Peter Lewis, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 6+

Challenging book makes readers think.

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This is a challenging book from Maurice Sendak, one that really makes the reader think, whether one reads it alone or aloud. The questions posed by the rooster require latitude in thinking, but also fairly specific answers. This releases a flood tide of questions about perception and imagination. It can also release the dreaded "whatever" response -- as emphatic as "boring!" -- such as it did from a group of 7-year-old students who were discussing the book.

The artwork has a similarly fugitive quality, as wistful as a painting by Chagall but without the color to command attention. Perfect for the book, if not a crutch for those who need something to keep them going. The skills and qualities of patience, free thinking, and attentiveness are conveyed through the medium of dreams and imagination, but readers will have to dig for the connections.

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