Waiting: A Caldecott Honor Award Winner


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What are you waiting for? An owl, a puppy, a bear, a rabbit, and a pig wait for marvelous things to happen in this irresistible and resonant picture book by the New York Times-bestselling and Caldecott Medalist Kevin Henkes.

Five friends sit happily on a windowsill, waiting for something amazing to happen. The owl is waiting for the moon. The pig is waiting for the rain. The bear is waiting for the wind. The puppy is waiting for the snow. And the rabbit is just looking out the window because he likes to wait What will happen? Will patience win in the end? Or someday will the friends stop waiting and do something unexpected?

Waiting is a big part of childhood--waiting in line, waiting to grow up, waiting for something special to happen--but in this book, a child sets the stage and pulls the strings. Timeless, beautiful, and deeply heartfelt, this picture book about imaginative play, the seasons, friendship, and surprises is a Caldecott Honor and Geisel Honor Book.

Share Waiting alongside Mo Willems's Waiting Is Not Easy at home or in a classroom--these books about waiting for kids will be enjoyed as picture book stories and also allow kids to explore their emotions about that ultimate frustration: waiting.

"The short sentences of the text flow with the precision one would expect from a master picture-book creator like Henkes. Little ones, to whom each experience is new, will know what it's like to dream and wait."--ALA Booklist



Author: Kevin Henkes
Binding Type: Hardcover
Publisher: Greenwillow Books
Published: 09/01/2015
Pages: 32
Weight: 1lbs
Size: 11.80h x 9.30w x 0.40d
ISBN: 9780062368430
Audience: Ages 4-8

Accelerated Reader:
Reading Level: 1.9
Point Value: 0.5
Interest Level: Lower Grade
Quiz #/Name: 176259 / Waiting


Award: Geisel Medal (Dr. Seuss) - Honor Book
Award: Charlotte Zolotow Award - Highly Commended


Review Citation(s):
Booklist 05/15/2015 pg. 59
School Library Journal 06/01/2015 pg. 82
Kirkus Reviews 06/01/2015
Kirkus Reviews 05/15/2015 pg. 40
Publishers Weekly 06/08/2015
New York Times Book Review 08/23/2015 pg. 28
New York Times Book Review 08/30/2015 pg. 26
Horn Book Magazine 09/01/2015 pg. 81
BookPage 09/01/2015
Shelf Awareness 09/25/2015
PW Best Children's Books 11/02/2015 pg. 46
Kirkus Best Picture Books 11/15/2015 pg. 55
PW Children's Starred Reviews 12/02/2015 pg. 18
NY Times Notable Bks of Year 12/06/2015 pg. 34
Bulletin of Ctr for Child Bks 12/01/2015
School Library Journal 02/01/2017

About the Author
Henkes, Kevin: -

Kevin Henkes has been praised both as a writer and as an illustrator and is the recipient of the Children's Literature Legacy Award for his lasting contribution to literature for children. He received the Caldecott Medal for Kitten's First Full Moon; Caldecott Honors for Waiting and Owen; two Newbery Honors--one for Olive's Ocean and one for The Year of Billy Miller--and Geisel Honors for Waiting and Penny and Her Marble. His other books include Sun Flower Lion, A Parade of Elephants, Chrysanthemum, and the beloved Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse. Kevin Henkes lives with his family in a house in Madison, Wisconsin.

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