What are you waiting for? 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 irresistible picture book by the New York Times–bestselling and Caldecott Medalist Kevin Henkes. Five friends sit happily on a windowsill, waiting for something amazing to happen. 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? Will patience win in the end? Or someday will the friends stop waiting and do something unexpected? Waiting is a big part of childhood—waiting in line, waiting to grow up, waiting for something special to happen—but in this book, a child sets the stage and pulls the strings. Timeless, beautiful, and deeply heartfelt, this picture book about imaginative play, the seasons, friendship, and surprises marks a new pinnacle in Caldecott Medalist Kevin Henkes's extraordinary career.
The weather changes, the seasons bring new views and experiences, and still the animals wait. But while they are waiting, they experience change themselves in the form of an off-screen child playing with them. Readers must imagine what kind of play is happening for the animals to move the way they do. Highly conceptual while at the same time heart-warming and adorable, WAITING is a fantastic book for young readers.
A simple yet imaginative story with wondrously expressive characters and beautifully colored illustrations, WAITING is highly recommended for young readers.