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The Hello, Goodbye Window Hardcover – April 26, 2005
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A young girl is first pictured on the dedication page hugging her mother and father goodbye. Then she skips off on the title page as her loving parents wave her off. The child is going to her grandparents' home. When visiting she always makes sure to pass the Hello, Goodbye Window. "It looks like a regular window, but it's not". The girl ticks off the reasons why it's so spectacular. You can play games through it, "frighten" your own grandparents, or tap on it and then hide with glee. Then we see the child as she plays in her Nanna and Poppy's home.Read more ›
I enjoyed THE HELLO, GOODBYE WINDOW and its view of the relationship between children and their grandparents. The drawings are almost kid-like scribbles that give the story a more child-like appeal, complementing the narration. The colors are bright and craftily tell the story of those passing the windows, Poppy's harmonica playing, the dark blue/black sky and the stars that inhabit it. Juster does a wonderful job of showing the world through the eyes of a child and her connection of all things important to the kitchen window. Additionally, teaching children about interracial families (depicted in the drawings, not the words) is a good way to introduce those children of mixed heritage.
Reviewed by Tee C. Royal
of The RAWSISTAZ Reviewers
While we don't get to know the unnamed heroine very well, Juster captures the most important facets of the toddler personality. The girl is amusingly egocentric, and has an active imagination. For example, through the "Hello-Goodbye" window she sees a dinosaur ("he doesn't come around much"), the "Queen of England" ("Nana is English you know, so the Queen likes to come for tea"), and the pizza boy (who, of course, knows her favorite flavor). There's really very little plot--just revealing snapshot scenes of her sometimes quirky grandmother and grandfather.
The Hello-Goodbye window itself in not central to the story, it's like a theatrical set piece that limns such concepts as inside/outside, arrival/departure, reality/fantasy, day/night, and open/secret. However, these "big" ideas lie just beneath the book's surface; overall, the story has the slightly random and spontaneous exuberance of a child who can't wait to get the words out. As mentioned above, illustrator Raschka won the Caldecott Medal for his illustrations: A childlike style full of jumbled color-forms with big circles and squiggles of color-on-color crayon, watercolor, and (perhaps) pastels. Although some pictures appear somewhat abstract, closer and repeated observation reveals recognizable objects, such as a harmonica, a teakettle, and oatmeal with raisins.Read more ›
The pictures in the book are abstract and very colorful. Young children might find them fun and whimsical. I cannot decide if because of the abstractness I think they are not very detailed pictures, or overly detailed pictures. Overall, I didn't find this book that great.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
While this did win a Caldecott Medal, it does begin to feel a bit dated, especially in comparison to new Caldecott winners. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Dione Basseri
Multi-generational books are not very common. This one is great but the abstract style of art is lost on younger children.Published 5 months ago by Jessica Phalen
This was my latest gift to my great-niece who just turned five years old. Since she has a very special grandfather and grandmother very close, I knew she would truly understand... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
My boys enjoyed this book so much from the library, that instead of checking it out for a seventh time I just went and bought it. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Cathy Giles
The Hello, Goodbye Window, written by Norton Juster and illustrated by Chris Raschka, was named the Caldecott award winner in 2006. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Kaitie Gillespie
The Hello, Goodbye Window, written by Norton Juster and illustrated by Chris Raschka, was the 2006 Caldecott award winner. Read morePublished 15 months ago by amanda brown