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Offers a humorous way for kids to talk through a common frustration. And you can talk with very young kids about why stars come out at night and why the sun appears to rise in the morning. Also, drawings of Elephant and Piggie offer exaggerated expressions, a good tool to help kids with social delays decipher what the characters are feeling.
A positive reminder that waiting may not be easy and can even be very frustrating -- but also can be very worth it.
Positive Role Models
Piggie and Elephant are good, caring friends in all their stories. Here, Piggie insists on keeping his surprise and teaches Elephant a lesson about waiting in the process.
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.
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.
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