- Its cheery colorful front cover makes me happy every time I pick up the book.
- It is a love song to the special relationship between grandparents and grandchild.
- It is written from the viewpoint of the child.
- It is Norton Juster's first picture book, published in 2005.
- It is illustrated by Chris Raschka.
- Its focal point is a magical window.
Life's big and little questions can be answered or wondered about in the pages of a children's picture book. Listen to the wisdom of the child narrator:
- "Just before I go up to bed, Nanna turns off all the lights and we stand by the window and say good night to the stars. Do you know how many stars there are? Neither do I, but she knows them all."
- "When I get tired I come in and take my nap and nothing happens until I get up."
- "Mommy and Daddy pick me up after work. I'm glad because I know we're going home, but it makes me sad too because I have to leave Nanna and Poppy. You can be happy and sad at the same time, you know. It just happens that way sometimes."
This passage, "Sometimes Poppy plays his harmonica for me," prompted daughter Sara to hand Jack his harmonica.
It didn't take long for Grandpa to grab his harmonica too. And that's how Sunday's story time morphed into music time as I watched the dueling harmonicas of two boys!
Did you notice the cover of the book beside the computer? In case you need to order it for the children or grandparents in your life, here's a close-up of the book that was the catalyst for this family memory on Sunday afternoon, March 29th, during the pandemic of 2020.
If you don't have an independent bookstore to support during this time, feel free to contact my local favorite, Island Books. They ship free (for orders of more than 15 dollars) anywhere in the United States.
Our local treasure, musician and storyteller Nancy Stewart, is providing weekly story time and Bedtime Tune Times virtually for our community during this time. You can access her videos by following her on Instagram, nancystewartmusic. Not just for kids, her soothing voice and songs can calm your anxiety and coax your inner child to sleep. Take it from me, you don't have to have children in your home to benefit from Nancy's Bedtime Tune Times.