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February 29, 2016



By Kevin Henkes

Waiting by Kevin Henkes is a 2016 Caldecott Honor Book.  Five toys, a pig with an umbrella, a bear with a kite, a puppy on a sled, a rabbit, and an owl, are all waiting on a shelf.  And each are waiting for something specific to happen.  The owl waits for the moon, the pig waits for rain, the bear waits for wind, the puppy waits for snow, and the rabbit waits for nothing in particular. The story follows the toys through the seasons and calming tells of their waiting. The story is illustrated with shades that are light pink, blue-green and brown on a creamy background that make this a perfect book for bedtime reading by providing a calm and quiet setting.  The story can be used as a simple way to teach patience to a young listener.  Ages 2-6.

Review By: Ann Axon