The Hello Goodbye Window
written by Norton Juster
illustrated by Chris Raschka

The Hello, Goodbye Window is an adorable first person narrative that perfectly captures a child's emotions and perceptions, readers accompany a girl on a visit to Nanna and Poppy's house for bike riding, garden exploring, harmonica playing, and more--all starting with a peek through the 'hello, goodbye window'.

Juster (Phantom Tollbooth) clearly 'gets' how kids think and what they notice about their surroundings. His phrasing and the choice of observations are so magically childlike!  (ie: the little girl says, "I take my nap and nothing happens until I get up.") Just as a young child would imagine it. Adorable! 

Raschka's vibrant illustrations are a perfect fit for the text. They exudes a childlike quality w/ squiggly lines and exuberant bursts of color. It's not hard to imagine that this is exactly how children would illustrate their own picture book, if only they had Raschka's talent!

This book is an excellent discussion starter on what constitutes "a family" (ie: nuclear vs extended, multi- racial...). Plus, children will undoubtedly want to talk about their own experiences with grandma and grandpa after viewing this nostalgic book. In fact, this is our favorite book to use on Grandparent's Day!

Reading Levels

Interest Level:  Preschool - Grade 2         DRA Level:  18                  Lexile Measure: 760L
Grade Equivalent: 3.3                             Guided Reading: K 

See Inside The Hello, Goodbye Window

Below are sample spreads from inside this book. This first spread occurs at the beginning of the book and shows Nanna and Poppy's house. Look closely: you can see Nanna and Poppy peaking out of a window--the 'hello, goodbye window'. To see larger versions of these pages, just click on the images. :)

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