• Title: Waiting
  • Author: Kevin Henkes
  • Illustrator: Kevin Henkes
  • Publisher: Greenwillow Books, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication year: 2015
  • Brief Summary: From HarperCollins-“Five friends sit happily on a windowsill, waiting for something amazing to happen. The owl is waiting for the moon. The pig is waiting for the rain. The bear is waiting for the wind. The puppy is waiting for the snow. And the rabbit is just looking out the window because he likes to wait! What will happen? Will patience win in the end? Or someday will the friends stop waiting and do something unexpected? Waiting is a big part of childhood—waiting in line, waiting to grow up, waiting for something special to happen—but in this book, a child sets the stage and pulls the strings. Timeless, beautiful, and deeply heartfelt, this picture book about imaginative play, the seasons, friendship, and surprises is a Caldecott Honor and Geisel Honor Book.”
  • Ideas for using this book in classroom or library –I think this book would resonate best with young children as its main characters are knicknacks or toys that children might see or play with themselves at home. I found this article from The Prindle Institute for Ethics that discusses how children can examine happiness and the meaning of happiness within this book.
  • Whatever additional notes you’d like to add about this book and why you liked or didn’t like it –What I like most about this book is the subdued, calming illustrations in light blues, baby pinks and moss green. My favorite illustration is of the “cat with patches” that turns out to be a nesting doll and the flip of the page reveals this with all the cats lined up together.

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