The Hello, Goodbye Window

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Kate Pavao, Common Sense Media
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Warm drawings and text make this a must-have book.

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Positive Messages

This is a loving family, and readers will appreciate their gentle interactions. The main character comes from a mixed-race family.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this book portrays a loving family, and readers of all ages will be touched by their gentle interactions. The main character comes from a mixed-race family.

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Parent of a 4 and 6-year-old Written byUmami March 30, 2011

The bi-racial "issue" was a non-issue. No one noticed or mentioned it. YIPPEE!!

I love it! I was invited to be the Mystery Reader in my grandson's kindergarten class last year. I researched books and found this one to be perfect. We h... Continue reading

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What's the story?

A little girl recounts visits to her grandparents' house, which always begin and end with a stop at the Hello, Goodbye Window in their kitchen.

Is it any good?

It's easy to see why this book about a young girl's trips to her grandparents' house was awarded the Caldecott Medal for best picture book illustrations. The bright, mixed-media images capture both a childlike energy and the warmth of a loving family. Young readers will recognize their own favorite family rituals as they watch the unnamed narrator count stars with her grandma from inside the kitchen window, or see her grandfather very seriously preparing her oatmeal for breakfast.

The author creates a convincing child narrator, but plenty is revealed through the simple text about her grandparents' house and the happy, relaxed times that happen there. This is a charming book that you and your kids will want to say "hello" to over and over again.

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  • Families can talk about the colorful illustrations in the book. Which illustrations do you like the best? Why do they appeal to you?

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