Bibliographic Information: Juster, N. (2005). The Hello, Goodbye Window. New York: Michael di Capua Books/Hyperion Books for Children.
Brief Annotation: The kitchen window creates a symbolic portal to a young girl’s fun-filled day at her grandparents’ house.
Grade Level: Preschool -2
Readers who will like this: Readers who enjoy visiting their grandparents; readers who like colorful illustrations; readers who enjoy family time
Rating/Response: 5 Used through both interaction and location, the Hello, Goodbye Window is a consistent and symbolic setting used by Juster to innovate a little girl’s imagination and meaningful relationship between her and her grandparents. Chris Raschka’s energetic scribbles, streaks, and color add to this heartwarming story of family togetherness with alluring and child-like illustrations.
One question you would ask before a read aloud: “Who is a relative you like to visit?” “Can you think of anything that represents memories with that person?” (Draw those memories)
Reading Strategy: Visual
Rationale for Strategy: This books story and illustrations create an engaging message that can be used to teach visualizing while reading. It may also be used to teach students to the idea of symbolism and allows them to make connections from memories including their own relatives.
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