WAITING by Kevin Henkes: A Review

WaitingWaiting by Kevin Henkes

Waiting is one those special books by a favorite author that meets your expectations, even if they are very high.  It’s a quiet, but engaging book about an aspect of childhood we all remember–and see daily with our kids:  the difficulty and importance of waiting.  An owl, a puppy, a bear, a rabbit, and a pig—all toys arranged on a child’s windowsill—wait for marvelous things to happen in this incredible book.  These friends sit together–companionably and happily–simply waiting, each for something different.  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?

There is a remarkable zen-like quality to this book, and the children we’ve shared it with easily slide into the mood.  It’s a great lead-in for conversations about waiting, too.  The toddlers and early readers in your life will appreciate a quiet moment in your lap or curled up in a chair with this special book.




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