A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Shows what a young child might see on a walk home. Implicit information in the art about how to approach a strange dog: Hold your fingers out for them to sniff.
The world is a wondrous place, and it's important to stop and take notice. Curious kids are learning. Busy parents can be reminded to slow down and proceed at a young kid's pace. There's much to learn from and notice on a simple walk.
Positive Role Models
The boy is interested in and curious about everything he sees. The mom ultimately remembers to stop and notice what's wondrous about the world too.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Antoinette Portis' Wait is a lovely reminder to stop and smell the roses -- or pet the dog, or wave to the cement mixer, or catch a raindrop on your tongue. As a mom and young boy hurry to their train, the mom pulls the boy along and away from every distraction, but the tug of the world is stronger than the tug on his arm. Told with very few words -- mainly "Hurry" and "Wait" -- parents and kids will recognize themselves and their preoccupations and be reminded to stop and enjoy not only the world but also each other.
Is It Any Good?
In this perfect gem of a book celebrating the world's small wonders, a preschool boy stops to marvel at all he passes while his mom hurries him along to catch their train. Told mostly with two words, "Hurry" and "Wait," we see the world through the boy's curious eyes, as the mom rushes past dogs, ducks, butterflies, and raindrops, until they're finally both stopped by the beauty of a double rainbow. "Yes, wait," agrees the mom. There's as much to notice in the art as there is in the young boy's walk, and visual themes are threaded through; the promise of the rainbow is hinted at when the boy points to a rainbow ice pop.
This is a book for parents and kids to share and treasure, a reminder to stop and enjoy not only the world but the young children in our care. The author's dedication reads: "For my mom, who waited."
Did we miss something on diversity?
Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.