The Hello, Goodbye Window

  • Title: The Hello, Goodbye Window
  • Author: Norton Juster
  • Illustrator: Chris Raschka
  • Publisher: Scholastic Inc.
  • Publication year: 2005
  • Brief Summary: From Scholastic Inc.-“This is a love song devoted to that special relationship between grandparents and grandchild. The kitchen window at Nanna and Poppy’s house is, for one little girl, a magic gateway. Everything important happens near it, through it, or beyond it. Told in her voice, her story is both a voyage of discovery and a celebration of the commonplace wonders that define childhood, expressed as a joyful fusion of text with evocative and exuberant illustrations. The world for this little girl will soon grow larger and more complex, but never more enchanting or deeply felt.”
  • Ideas for using this book in classroom or library – I did find this lesson plan from Bound to Stay Bound Bookstore that had an extensive list of discussion questions to ask students after the reading.
  • Whatever additional notes you’d like to add about this book and why you liked or didn’t like it–The illustrations in this book pair great with the text. Raschka drew the illustrations to look like a child’s drawing, and it works so well when the text is in our child protagonist’s voice.

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