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The Hello, Goodbye Window

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Little girl 6-7 visits grandparents Nanna and Poppy (one lighter skin than other) and waves greetings through their magical window. They lovingly watch stars, play games, work garden, and listen to Poppy play harmonica. Bright simple illustrations. In many languages.
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published April 26th 2005 by Michael Di Capua Books (first published January 1st 2005)
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Although I'm a huge fan of Norton Juster, I was disappointed with this book. The drawings looked to be done by a child, and while the illustrator might have done that on purpose, it was a little too abstract to make much sense of. Each page looked the same to my kids, and my 5 yr old was only half-heartedly interested in following along. The premise was a good idea, but not enough meat behind it for a good stable book.
The Hello, Goodbye Window by Norton Juster, illustrated byChris Raschka, is a sweet story about a child and her grandparents, and one of her memorable visits with them, focusing on their kitchen window.

"Nanna and Poppy live in a big house in the middle of town. There's a brick path that goes to the back porch, but before you get there you pass right by the kitchen window. That's the Hello, Goodbye Window. It looks like a regular window but it's not."

The window remains central to the granddaught
Jim Erekson
I don't really like the cover of this book, and am not too interested in Raschka's style. It seems really clownish and garish (not always, but in this book for sure). But he also controls it very well, and I find his compositions and human expressive use of human figures to be in a tight complementary relationship with the text. It moves between symmetrical and complementary, never working into contradictory illustration.

Juster has noticed a little slice of life that is worth expanding on the w
This delightful story is told from the perspective of a little girl spending time with her grandparents. She starts her description with the kitchen window where her Nanna and Poppy spend a lot of time. Before she even enters their home, the window serves as a place for fun and games with her grandparents. The window remains central to her description of her time with her grandparents. When the sun sets it is a reflecting mirror. At night, they turn off the lights and look through the window at ...more
“The Hello, Goodbye Window” is delightful story told from the viewpoint of a young nameless girl (age 4-6), as she explains how wonderful it is to visit her Nanna and Poppy. Throughout the story, she refers to the “hello, goodbye window” and how magical things happen near, through, and beyond it. It’s almost like the window represents an imaginary world, where anything is possible. The young girl shares what she does and silly moments with Nanna and Poppy, revealing the things she loves most ab ...more
L11-Mary Utterback
I just loved this book. It took me back to when I was young and I used to sit on my Grandparent's porch swing and imagine I was somewhere else. the author shows you how impressionistic and gullible children can be. The child believes everything her Grandparents tell her like, " Nanna says it's a magic window and anyone can come by when you least expect it." The child then goes on to imagine the Queen of England and T-Rex stopping by. the story is told through the little girl's eyes and you can j ...more
Charmie McKinney
The Hello, Goodbye Window by Norton Juster and illustrations by Chris Raschka

The kitchen window at Nanna and Poppy's house is a magical gateway for one little girl. This story is told through the eyes of a little girl who has a loving relationship with her Nanna and Poppy. As she spends the night with her grandparents, she takes us on a voyage of things that goes on at the house as well as what can be seen through the "Hello, Goodbye Window!"

As the little girl tells her story, she's excited to
NSAndrew Liebergen
Norton Juster starts out this book wonderfully. He describes what a hello, goodbye window is and then begins to describe all the varied people in the little girl’s life. It is a book about cross generations and mixed marriages. The book takes us through activities the little girl does at her grandparent’s house. The story gives the reader examples of what this particular family listens to for music, eats for breakfast and enjoys as leisure time activities. The little girl is picked up
This is a warm story written in the first person perspective of a young girl who spends the day at her grandparents home, where she is fascinated by a very special window in the kitchen. a) Since the story is told from the perspective of the little girl, the illustrations are appropriately drawn in a Naïve style that perfectly mimics the perspective and development of a young child. b) The illustrations appear to have been drawn by a child in elementary school. They lack a sense of perspective, ...more
Rachel Perry
Age Range - Primary

The Hello, Goodbye Window by Norton Juster is a great story about a little girl and her visit to her grandparents. The author tells us through the girl all the different things she does at her Nanna and Poppy's house. She can listen to her Poppy play the harmonica, help her Nanna in the garden and even take a nap when she gets tired. Throughout the book the window gives a different view of the house. The girl could see her reflection, look out at the stars and say good morning
Amanda Toombs
Genre: Picture book—Contemporary

Summary: A little girl not only has a special bond with her grandparents, she also a special bond with a part of their house; the kitchen window. As the author calls it the magic gateway, she revolves every action around the special window.
a. The greatest strength throughout this book is the child like illustrations by Chris Raschka.
b. This book shows amazing illustrations in which could represent small children drawings. In these illustrations, reade
Located in the kitchen of Nanna and Poppy's home is a window that holds magical powers. Anyone or anything can come along and visit, including the Queen of England! You can predict the weather or watch the neighbor's dog by simply looking through its glass. But perhaps the most significant quality of the window is its special place in the heart of a little girl. This story demonstrates the true nature of childhood and the special bond between grandparents and grandchildren. Every page is a journ ...more
Rachel Hancock
Norton Juster and Chris Raschka's "The Hello, Goodbye Window" certainly proved itself worthy of receiving the Caldecott Award. This book tells the story of a kitchen window at a little girl's grandparent's house. This window is far more than just a piece of glass. Instead, it is a gateway to adventure and is extremely important to the little girl. In the book, the little girl describes all the wonderful things she likes about the window and details what exactly she sees through the special windo ...more
Elena Hitch
The Hello, Goodbye Window is about a little girl who visits her grandparents and tells about the different things she does at their house. Her parents drop her off at their house and she sees them through the kitchen window before she even gets inside. The whole story keeps coming back to this window that can become anything through imagination. The little girl uses the window to make faces and scare her parents sometimes. It’s a nice tale because it is memories that many children could have at ...more
Lisa Mason
The Hello, Goodbye Window
1. Contemporary Realism

2. The Hello, Goodbye Window is a descriptive narrative told from the point of view of a young girl. She is excited to describe the front kitchen window of her grandparent’s home where she is welcomed into a world of love and adventure.

3.a. Abstract Illustrations b. The abstract illustrations in this picture book are lighthearted and fun. They are drawn to reflect a childlike point of view with bold primary colors and broad curved brush strokes. A
The Hello, Goodbye Window was a good book. The pictures in it took up the whole page, but looked as if they were water painted, not as if they were drawn. It has a youngster feeling to it and I think it would totally catch the attention of children with how different the drawings look from other books. I feel like it can really relate to many children and their times/memories of their grandparents house. So, in a way it is like an escape to grandma and grandpa’s house through a book. A little t ...more
CH13_Lisa Matthews
The Hello Goodbye window written by Norton Juster is a story about a little girl who loves visiting her grandparents. The grandparent’s kitchen window is a magic gateway for their granddaughter. This story shows a wonderful grandparent –grandchild relationship. In the story, the little girl talks about all the fun and exciting things she sees and do while visiting her grandparents. The title of the story “The Hello Goodbye Window” serve as the focus point to the story because this is where the g ...more
Coming into reading this book, I saw that it was by Norton Juster. I was excited to read it because he is the author of The Phantom Tollbooth which was a story that I vividly remember enjoying when I was in elementary school. And while the story was sweet, I was both underwhelmed and overwhelmed by this book.

What I liked:
It was a complete story. It was complete in its totality and was rather sentimental.

It felt like it was legitimately told from a child's voice. The tone of the book was very y
I grabbed this book as an afterthought but it turned out to be one of my favorites of the books I chose that day. First of all I loved the idea of the “magic window!” I thought it provided th reader with a great sense of using the imagination. I liked how it peovide all sorts of uses fo the window...can see the stars, can see the dog nest store, can see people coming and going etc. I loved the fact that the window was a constant in their lives, always providing something interesting to discuss. ...more
Summary: This book is about a little girl who goes to visit her grandparents. At their house is a special window that her and her grandparents play at, wave hello and goodbye at, and imagine different visitors come and say hello. The window creates a strong bond between the little girl and her grandparents.

Reading Level: Ages 6-9

Genre: Picture Book

Uses: Guided Reading, Independent Reading, Read-Aloud, Shared Reading

Social Issues: This is a wonderful book to celebrate the importance of extended
The Hello, Goodbye Window is a story of a young girl and her visits to her grandparent's home. She identifies something special about this house; one kitchen window. The story evolves as we find out how meaningful the window is to her and to her family. Where one family may see it has just a window to look through, it is a place where she says hello and goodbye to her grandparents, as well as a way to the outside world. It is all written through the perspective of the little girl in the story as ...more
Shelby Zimmerman
The Hello, Goodbye Window by Norton Juster is about a little girl describing the joy she has at her Nana and Papa’s house. They have a window where she can scare them, say hi to them, or even play peek-a-boo. The illustrations are very colorful and full of life, as is her Nana and Papa’s house. My favorite part was when the colors went from bright and bold to dark when it was night time at their house.
Anna Rothenhoefer
I thoroughly enjoyed reading The Hello, Goodbye Window. I think that children will really be able to relate to theo story because of the time she sepnds with her grandparents and the activities they do. It makes me reminisce about the times i spent with my grandparents as a young girl. The illustrations are water-colored and are intriguing becasue of all the bright colors. This book is fro first and second grade readers. I think this is because the book is lengthy and contains some bigger words. ...more
"There's a brick path that goes to the back porch, but before you get there you pass right by the kitchen window. That's the Hello, Goodbye Window. It looks like a regular window, but it's not." In the Hello, Goodbye Window a young girl describes a trip to Nanna and Poppy's house and all the wonderful things that happen there, including the things seen and heard through the Hello, Goodbye Window.

This Caldecott Medal winner has gorgeous pictures with bright, bold colors. The story reminded me a
(NS) Becca
This book is absolutely adorable! It's about a little girl and her special memories visiting her grandparents. There is a window that holds meaning for her because she can look in from outside at her grandparents, look outside at the world, and many other things. The beautiful mixed media pictures really represent a child's point of view and allow the reader to connect to the innocent ways of the narrator. It also is relevant for many readers; children can really identify to the love she feels a ...more
This book is about a little girl who is apart of a biracial family. The little girl talks about how special the hello, goodbye window is in her house because it is where she meets and says goodbye to special family of members of hers. This book portrays the “normal” family life of a biracial family. The artwork in the book is magnificent and very colorful. It is very childlike illustrations. A possible unit or theme for this picture book is families or biracial issues and discussions. I would us ...more
Molly Finnerty
"The Hello, Goodbye Window" tells the story of a little girl who has a great relationship with her Grandparents. She gets to stay at their house sometimes and she relishes in all the special things she gets to do while she is there, especially when she gets to use the Hello, Goodbye Window. All types of people come to the "Hello, Goodbye Window" including the pizza delivery guy, a T-Rex, and the Queen of England. The little girls recalls memories of silly faces, Poppy playing the harmonica, gard ...more
Anna Stover
I have mixed feelings about The Hello, Goodbye Window. I love the art, but Norton Juster's text shines out with a clarity and simplicity that Chris Raschka's images seem to complicate almost beyond recognition. I loved the incorporation of different races, especially a black grandmother from England, who may or may not have tea with the queen now and then. The voice of the text is really just perfect, (of course, since it's Norton Juster after all). Nevertheless, time after time the images threw ...more
Raegan Young
This book is about two people named Nanna and Poppy. They have a window that they go up to and either say hello or goodbye out of. The story is from a little girl’s perspective and she talks about when she stays over and what they all do. They count the stars, look in the mirror, look out the window in the kitchen, they make breakfast, ride their bikes and just play outside. The girls imagination in this book is very creative about the hello goodbye window seeing a dragon and even a pizza man br ...more
Madison Niksich
Juster, N., & Raschka, C. (2005). The hello, goodbye window. New York, New York: Michael di Capua Books/Hyperion Books for Children.

This story is about a little girl who visits her nana and poppy one day while her parents are at work. They always meet and say goodbye at the hello goodbye window. The little girl and her grandparents do fun things together like plant in the garden, look up and stars and play the harmonica. When her parents come the girl waves goodbye to her grandparents out th
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