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Waiting Paperback – Import, 12 July 2016

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“Henkes provides no deep meanings and sends no messages; he’s just showing what waiting can be like. Perhaps listeners will find a model for making long waits seem less tiresome: be still and notice the world around you.” -- Horn Book (starred review)

“The soft tones and clean compositions of the attractive pictures…complement the simple text…Use this to bring a little peace and tranquility to a busy day or to an active storytime audience.” -- Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

“The story is all about quietly filling in the gaps...the protagonists’ contentment with just waiting is contagious. Waiting as a joyful activity in itself is almost never celebrated; this Zen-like meditation might win some converts.” -- Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“Henkes…understands the frustration young children feel in having to be patient. The gentle pacing of the story and generously spacious, light-filled illustrations convey a sense of calm anticipation. There’s plenty of room here for a parent and child to talk about the wonders that the window offers.” -- Washington Post

“Waiting further cements Henkes’s place alongside picture book legends like Margaret Wise Brown, Crockett Johnson, and Ruth Krauss, through his lyrical text, uncluttered yet wondrously expressive illustrations, and utmost respect for the emotional life of young children.” -- School Library Journal (starred review)

“Quiet yet evocative, this is a lovely melding of artwork, design, and text... Little ones, to whom each experience is new, will know what it’s like to dream and wait.” -- Booklist (starred review)

“Kevin Henkes is the stealthiest master of kids’ lit around.” -- Boston Globe

“Kevin Henkes, who both illustrates and writes with a gentle and elegant style, creates an appealing cast of toys to get at the concept of waiting-a tough one to convey to a child. …Calming in a way that emphasizes the theme of patience.” -- New York Times Book Review, Editor’s Choice

“With economy, humor and warmth, Waiting quietly bridges reality and imagination, indoors and out, constancy and change, now and what comes next.” -- San Francisco Chronicle

“Enigmatic, lovely . . . intriguing and inimitable.” -- Publishers Weekly (starred review)

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Look at the owl and the pig and the bear and the puppy and the rabbit.

What do you think they’re waiting for? Something wonderful? A visitor? A surprise? Maybe they’re waiting for you!

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Product details

  • Publisher : Greenwillow Books (12 July 2016)
  • Language : English
  • Paperback : 32 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 0062652346
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0062652348
  • Item Weight : 204 g
  • Dimensions : 22.86 x 0.3 x 29.21 cm
  • Customer Reviews:
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