A visit to Nanny and Poppy’s begins with a window. One little girl creates memories with her grandparents on either side of the hello, goodbye window at the front of the house. From special oatmeal in the morning, peering out at the garden, to waving to special guests like the Queen of England and the Pizza guy, the little girl knows that this special window is “right where you need it.” Trips to her grandparents house are framed through the window complete with memories and dreams of having her own “hello, goodbye window” someday.
APA Reference of Book:
Juster, N and Raschka, C. (2005). The hello, goodbye window. New York, NY: Hyperion Books for Children.
Although the setting was very different from my own memories, I was immediately transported to my childhood and my grandparent’s front porch swing as memories of my own “Nanny” and “Poppy” swirled around me like the finger-painted style of this book’s illustrations. The story with its nostalgic accounts of a young child’s visit to her grandparents’ house are brought to life through the pastel, watercolor, and crayon illustrations, reminsicent of a child’s finger painting. The primary color scheme sets the bright and cheerful mood of the book along with the broad sweeps of watercolor to create a blue sky and swirls of crayons on various greens blend together to make each spread of pages as engaging as the text.
The Hello, Goodbye Window.
illus. by Chris Raschka. unpaged. Hyperion/
Michael di Capua Bks. Apr. 2005. Tr $15.95.
ISBN 0-7868-0914-0. LC 2004113496.
Reynolds, A. J., Jones, T. E., Toth, L., Charnizon, M., Grabarek, D., & Raben, D. (2005). The hello, goodbye window [Review of the book The hello, goodbye window]. School Library Journal, 51(3), 174.
After reading the story and viewing the artwork, students can participate in a “window walk” around campus to collect stories, details, and people they see through various windows. Then, they can use magazines, clip art, etc. to create a collage for the windows they saw. The collage window can become part of a display for this book in the library along with captions from students describing what is in the window.