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Author
Kevin Henkes.
Publisher Greenwillow  
Format no jacket
Product Dimensions 11.8 x 9.3 x 0.3 inches
ISBN 9780062368430
Pages/Publication Date 32/2015
Daedalus Item Code 69030
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(Named a 2016 Caldecott Honor Book and a Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor Book) In this superb picture book for readers up to 6, Caldecott Medalist Kevin Henkes creates an entire world on a windowsill. Five toy friends—an owl with spots, a pig with an umbrella, a bear with a kite, a puppy on a miniature sled, and a rabbit with stars—sit at the window and wait. The owl waits for the moon, the pig for the rain, the bear for the wind, and the puppy for the snow, while the rabbit is content to wait for nothing in particular. Together they see many wonderful things, and then one day a new toy joins them—a cat with patches, who doesn't seem to be waiting for anything. Henkes accompanies a lyrical text full of understatement with gorgeously spare ink and watercolor drawings.

"Kevin Henkes, who both illustrates and writes with a gentle and elegant style, creates an appealing cast of toys to get at the concept of waiting—a tough one to convey to a child.... Calming in a way that emphasizes the theme of patience."—NYTBR (Editor's Choice)

"The story is all about quietly filling in the gaps ... the protagonists' contentment with just waiting is contagious. Waiting as a joyful activity in itself is almost never celebrated; this Zen-like meditation might win some converts."—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"Along with happiness and friendship, there are small moments of grief, anxiety, and existential wonder—all thoughtfully and authentically depicted with childlike honesty and optimism. On thick, creamy pages, Henkes uses brown ink with touches of watercolor and colored pencil in muted shades of pink, green, and blue to depict the softly rounded figures, shown small before the expanse of the four-paned window. Henkes varies the compositions with vignettes and a four-page wordless sequence showing the beautiful (a rainbow, fireworks) and sometimes scary (lightning) sights that the toys observe from the vantage point of their windowsill. The careful placement of the text and images establishes a leisurely pace, encouraging readers and listeners to slow down, examine the pictures, and discuss. Are these sentient little beings or are they moved and posed by an unseen child? Henkes leaves it up to readers to determine. Waiting further cements Henkes's place alongside picture book legends like Margaret Wise Brown, Crockett Johnson, and Ruth Krauss, through his lyrical text, uncluttered yet wondrously expressive illustrations, and utmost respect for the emotional life of young children."—School Library Journal (starred review)

 
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