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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Waiting Is Not Easy! is another spirited installment in Mo Willems' award-winning Elephant & Piggie series for beginning readers. Like I Am a Frog, it's a straightforward lesson with a small surprise at the end, delving less deeply than usual into the two mismatched characters' endearing friendship. Still, it's a humorous lesson for kids often frustrated by waiting and what kinds of rewards waiting can bring. As in the other Elephant & Piggie books, the story's told in conversation bubbles and in the exaggerated expressions of the animal characters, making it easy for parents of kids with social delays to explore conversation tools and feelings.
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What's the story?
Piggie has a surprise for Elephant. But ... he'll have to wait. Elephant tries to be patient, but his laments get louder and louder ("GROAN!") until he can't take it anymore, especially when it starts to get dark outside and he worries that he won't even be able to see Piggie's surprise. Piggie finally tells him to look up in the dark sky. That's when Elephant, sharing a moment of awe and wonder with his best friend, realizes all the waiting was well worth it.
Is it any good?
The title alone automatically connects with kids: WAITING IS NOT EASY! -- especially in Elephant's case, where you have no idea what you're even waiting for. Elephant gets to moan and complain in all capital letters, and kids will adore the chance to shout out "GROAN!" Mostly because that's not the behavior most parents allow while waiting at the post office or in line at the grocery store. Let out those loud Elephant groans as you rush through the pages, new readers, and enjoy the awesome surprise at the end -- while your adult listeners gently remind you that Piggie is right: There are plenty of things worth waiting for.
Talk to your kids about ...
- Author: Mo Willems
- Illustrator: Mo Willems
- Genre: For Beginning Readers
- Topics: Friendship, Horses and Farm Animals, Science and Nature, Wild Animals
- Book type: Fiction
- Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
- Publication date: November 4, 2014
- Publisher's recommended age(s): 4 - 8
- Number of pages: 64
- Available on: Hardback
- Award: ALA Best and Notable Books
- Last updated: February 4, 2020
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