by Kevin Henkes

Other authorsKevin Henkes (Illustrator)
Hardcover, 2015

Call number



Greenwillow Books (2015), Edition: Illustrated, 32 pages


An owl, puppy, bear, bunny, and pig wait for marvelous things to happen.

User reviews

LibraryThing member melodyreads
calming, relaxing, fun story about toys in a window
LibraryThing member melissarochelle
Read on November 22, 2015

Jesse said, "it's a cheaper, hand drawn, knock-off version of Toy Story." This is after he'd already said he liked the drawings and that the elephant made him teary-eyed.

The illustrations are beautiful and the story is simple perfection.
LibraryThing member katelyndraper
A group of toys spends their time waiting. The pig is waiting for the rain. The owl is waiting for the moon. The bear with the kit was waiting for the wind. etc... The book takes them through the seasons and the things the toys are waiting for. The book ends when a russian doll cat joins them. They
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sit there waiting for the things they see outside.
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LibraryThing member Whisper1
The words cute and whimsical come to mind when describing this 2016 Caldecott honor winner. A group of toy figures placed on the window sill are quite content to watch what the seasons and the weather bring. Each object is passively, calmly waiting for something. The owl waits for the moon and
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night; the bear with a kite is waiting for wind; the puppy with sled waits for snow, and the pig with the umbrella is waiting for rain.

A new toy arrives to wait with the others. This special toy is a Russian nesting doll, thus when all dolls are pulled out, there are additional toys to wait..quietly, silently and the time is slow and waltz like.

Illustrated in lovely pastel colors. The charm of this book is the slow ease and patience. Creating a fairy like sense of simpleness and beauty. Sadly, the elephant no longer has to wait, he fall from the shelf and is broken in pieces. Nothing is hurried, and nothing is busy. It is incredible how this artists creates facial expressions on the toys.
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LibraryThing member thornton37814
Kevin Henkes' illustrations earned this book a place on the Caldecott honor list. It's the story of animals on a windowsill waiting. Eventually they are joined by cat who is also waiting in her own way. I love the palette of colors used for the book. The illustrations are much better than the story
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itself, but the ending left me happy.
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LibraryThing member Davis22
This book is deeply seated in some very deep philosophical concepts such as coming into being, death, and an organisms place in the world that is already happening when they are thrown into it. Beautiful and light illustrations complement the narrative in what I call the "Motown Trick" ; outwardly
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bubbly, but with a bitter and somewhat dark middle.
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LibraryThing member Cheryl_in_CC_NV
Both a concept book and a fable. ?�Lots of reread value, surprising detail in the pictures extra interpretations as the child audience grows older. ?áA perfect gift for a tot when s/he first learns the words 'not now' or 'later.' ?áI'll say it again: Henkes is brilliant.

Two things could be
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improved to make this book perfect. ?áIt could be smaller, so a child could hold it - perhaps even it should be a board book. ?áThe rabbit's expression, looking down on the broken elephant, should be less ambiguous (unless Henkes actually wants us to wonder if the rabbit pushed the elephant off the window...).

I want a child now, so I can advise him or her to put the character toys on the windowsill, so they can look outside while they're waiting to be played with....
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LibraryThing member katiegotur
I love how the author shows these little toys and nick-nacks as a small little family who stick together and wait for things to happen. It will push children to open their imagination to what toys may act like when they aren't looking.
LibraryThing member cbl_tn
Five animal toys spend their days waiting in the windowsill for something to happen. Another toy comes and goes, then another toy comes with a surprise. The surprise is a bit odd. The muted pastel illustrations are whimsical, but they aren't exciting or amusing. It's a gentle story that may appeal
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to toddlers, but it may be a “one and done” book for children any older than that. It doesn't seem like a “read it again” kind of book.
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LibraryThing member EmLu
The art is very cute, almost like it's done in crayon, and the story is very sweet. Nothing incredibly exciting happens, but all of the toys are just happy to sit together and wait. I think it's a nice metaphor for learning to appreciate just being around your friends and family, rather than trying
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to force one adventure after another.
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LibraryThing member Jennifer LeGault
This is a soft and gentle story about stuffy animals that sit and wait for those that love them.
Aren't we all waiting for something good ? A
LibraryThing member MirandaBee
My favorite part of this story was definitely the pictures. They looked like they were drawn from colored pencil. However, they were very detailed and showed the happenings of outside the window very well. I enjoyed seeing how each animal would wait until it was their time to play outside.
LibraryThing member ashleytylerjohn
I'm not the target market. That said, there are some picture books which would garner 5 stars from me, no question. From an adult perspective, this was a pleasant enough, brief story, with some charming drawings, but nothing so spectacular, so moving, so deft in execution, or so spellbinding in
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story, as to warrant a more enthusiastic response.

I appreciated the art just a bit better than in some of his earlier books, but in general, this didn't grab my imagination. (Sendak's "Outside Over There" or "Higglety Pigglety Pop" or Waber's "Nobody is Perfick" are examples of books for youngsters that I adore, so I know it's possible!)

(Note: 5 stars = amazing, wonderful, 4 = very good book, 3 = decent read, 2 = disappointing, 1 = awful, just awful. I'm fairly good at picking for myself so end up with a lot of 4s).
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LibraryThing member HeidiSki
Waiting is always hard for children. In this story, there are five friends, owl, pig, bear, puppy and rabbit who are sitting on a windowsill waiting for something to happen. This book is about imagination and would be fun to read to our little ones.




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