Week 2/Book 2 of the Caldecott Medal Unit brought us to the opposite end of the spectrum from "Trombone Shorty." Whereas the first book was throbbing to the trombone beat, "Waiting," by Kevin Henkes, was as one class put it, "calm, quiet and relaxing." We began our class by focusing our eyes on five characters placed on the windowsill of our read aloud area. Then we turned our attention to the book and noticed the connection.
Page by page passed by as we watched the characters, Pig, Bear, Dog, Owl and Rabbit, waiting. As the children allowed their minds to blend with the story and illustrations, and with the use of their "Caldecott glasses," they noticed many things actually happened in the book.The seasons passed by. The weather changed. Gifts appeared. Friends came and left. We ended our story by walking over to the library windows and for exactly 62 seconds we stood quietly waiting and noticing what we could see.
There wasn't a peep.
My students call me "Lori the Librarian." For the past 24 years I have had the best job as School Librarian in the Aaron Kushner Library for grades K-3 at the Solomon Schechter Day School of Greater Boston.