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The Hello, Goodbye Window

3.85  ·  Rating Details ·  7,642 Ratings  ·  1,048 Reviews
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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Jul 03, 2013 midnightfaerie rated it it was ok
Shelves: childrens
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.
Aug 22, 2011 David rated it really liked it
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
Feb 16, 2013 Jim Erekson rated it liked it
Shelves: picturebooks
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
Oct 04, 2010 N_kellie rated it it was amazing
“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
Oct 05, 2010 N_sally rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
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
Elena Hitch
Feb 16, 2012 Elena Hitch rated it it was ok
Shelves: picture-books
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
Cassandra Lemieux
Sep 29, 2016 Cassandra Lemieux rated it it was amazing
Shelves: summaries
1. Summary: This book is about a young girl who visits her grandparents house. She has a lot of fun at her grandparents house but her favorite part is the "hello, goodbye window". This window brings her a lot of joy. The things she sees from inside the window and from outside the window are magical to her. Read to see what makes this window so special!
2. Grade: k-3
3. Interest: students that would be interested in this book are ones that enjoy busy bright pictures. This book has a lot to show and
L11-Mary Utterback
Feb 06, 2011 L11-Mary Utterback rated it it was amazing
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
Apr 10, 2017 Kathryn rated it liked it
Sweet story but I'm not at all a fan of the illustrations.
NSAndrew Liebergen
Oct 01, 2009 NSAndrew Liebergen rated it liked it
Shelves: multicultural
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
Charmie McKinney
Feb 26, 2014 Charmie McKinney rated it really liked it
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
Kirsten Stuber
Sep 28, 2015 Kirsten Stuber rated it it was amazing
Shelves: wow-books
The Hello, Goodbye Window is a delightful story of a little girl who visits with her Nana and Poppy. For this little girl, the window is a special, magical window full of possibilities. Through this window she can tap on the window and hide, or press her face up against it and scare Nana and Poppy. There are a number of visitors that are seen through the window, like Tyrannosaurus Rex (who is extinct and doesn't come around much), to the pizza delivery guy who always delivers pepperoni and chees ...more
Jan 31, 2012 Samantha rated it really liked it
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
Lisa Mason
Sep 24, 2011 Lisa Mason rated it really liked it
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
Sep 10, 2011 Morgan rated it liked it
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
Rachel Hancock
Feb 08, 2012 Rachel Hancock rated it it was amazing
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
Sep 24, 2011 Johnny rated it really liked it
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
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
Jan 25, 2012 Lexi.vernaglia rated it liked it
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
Rachel Perry
Oct 24, 2011 Rachel Perry rated it really liked it
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
Apr 14, 2010 Mallori rated it it was amazing
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
Oct 05, 2010 N_Heather rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
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
Oct 05, 2009 Bernice rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
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
Sep 01, 2016 Emily rated it it was amazing
Shelves: rdg-4050
1. This book is about a special window at Nanna and Poppy's house, and all of the things our narrator discovers there. The window is a very important place in her life, and she tells us why.
2. Recommended PreK+
3. This book is a good book to include in a lesson about family or places.
4. I would recommend this book to any child who has spoken dearly about a grandparent, possibly a child who lives with grandparents.
5. This book would be a great circle book for sections on family. Students could tal
Anna Rothenhoefer
Oct 04, 2011 Anna Rothenhoefer rated it really liked it
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
Feb 21, 2010 Ch_amyM rated it it was amazing
"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
Oct 06, 2009 (NS) Becca rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
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
Annie Friedlander
Oct 03, 2015 Annie Friedlander rated it really liked it
The narrator captures the playful spirit of a young girl enchanted by her grandparents window. She recounts the adventures she and her grandparents have in their kitchen and backyard and when she takes her nap she reflects, "nothing happens until I get up."

The Hello, Goodbye window is the portal between the world of her grandparents and the world outside. This book captures the joy of a granddaughter spending time with her grandparents and also the complexity of being happy and sad when she has
Amber Goebel
Jan 21, 2017 Amber Goebel rated it really liked it
Shelves: kidlit
The Hello, Goodbye Window tugged at my heart strings! It is a simple story of the wonders of everyday life during childhood. The narrator's relationship with her grandparents exhibits the special bond that can develop between grandparents and grandchildren. I called my grandpa "Poppy," so I especially liked that the narrator also calls her grandpa this. I also loved the child-like artistry of the illustrations in this book and the fact that both the grandparents and parents are depicted in birac ...more
Cassie Marshall
May 23, 2016 Cassie Marshall rated it it was amazing
First off I would like to mention the sincerest gratitude I have for this book due to its diversity aspect because the little girl's mom and dad and her Nanna and Poppy are of different races which was really interesting to see. I love love LOVED the illustrations because although it was not the Mona Lisa, it helped me get into the mindset of the little girl as if she had done the illustrations herself. Her story was written on the page and her mind was illuminated as well. The story is also ver ...more
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Norton Juster is an architect and planner, professor emeritus of design at Hampshire College, and the author of a number of highly acclaimed children's books, including The Dot and the Line, which was made into an Academy Award-winning animated film. He has collaborated with Sheldon Harnick on the libretto for an opera based on The Phantom Tollbooth. The musical adaptation, with a score by Arnold ...more
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