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Five animal toys wait for marvelous things to happen.
Publisher: New York, NY : Greenwillow Books, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2015]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9780062368430
Branch Call Number: jE HENKES 2015
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 30 cm
Additional Contributors: Greenwillow Books - Publisher


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forbesrachel Jan 28, 2017




Waiting. Patience. Living in the moment. These are the things that Henkes' beautifully-fashioned picture book tells us to treasure. As a group of toys sit upon a windowsill, they think about what they each individually love to watch. Each anticipates something completely different from the others, and yet they all watch together regardless of what is happening, just enjoying their quiet companionship. The old-time design, with its light water colours and pencils, subtly supports the soothing tone of the author's concisely restrained words. Everything is so carefully planned, and laid out on these cream-coloured pages, that the composition itself is beautiful to behold. Not much happens as the years pass, but for these toys, that is alright, they are content.

Jul 14, 2016

Very sweet.

Nov 20, 2015

This might be a late-breaking contender for my favorite picture book of 2015. It made me cry, which is slightly absurd since nothing sad really happens, but there's just something quietly beautiful about it, and the whole thing felt kind of like a metaphor for life itself. Does this sound like overly deep analysis of a short picture book? Maybe, but when a picture book makes me cry, it tends to stick with me for a long time afterward. Lovely.

GSPLjodie Oct 06, 2015

As with most Kevin Henkes books, the beauty lies not only in the story, but the quiet beauty of his art. Such a wonderfully illustrated, beautiful picture book.

ChristchurchLib Sep 21, 2015

Since patience can be a challenge at any age, all kinds of readers may take heart from this understated tale. Looking out from a windowsill, a small group of toys -- an owl, a puppy, a pig, a bear, and a rabbit -- quietly abide in anticipation. Some are waiting for a change in the weather, or for their human companion, while others are content and sustained by their friendship despite the changes happening around them. Similar to Julie Fogliano's If You Want to See a Whale, this sweetly contemplative slice of life depicts a truth that even the most active children can recognize: sometimes, you just have to slow down, look around, and wait. Picture books newsletter September 2015


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