|I can't wait!|
Author: Schwartz, Amy
Neighbors William, Annie, and Thomas are all at their houses, each waiting for something very different and special.
|Accelerated Reader Information:|
Interest Level: LG
Reading Level: 2.20
Points: .5 Quiz: 178028
Kirkus Reviews (08/15/15)
School Library Journal (09/01/15)
The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (00/01/16)
The Hornbook (00/11/15)
Full Text Reviews:
School Library Journal - 09/01/2015 PreS-Gr 2—Three sweet-faced children wait. William sits on his front step, giving pause to his passing neighbors. With each conversation, he reveals another clue as to what he's waiting for. Annie plays in her backyard with her dog wondering why Eddie hasn't come. Could it be she did something wrong? Thomas passes his time by thinking of names for the new baby; he doesn't even consider that it might be a boy. I Can't Wait is split into chapters: the introduction on the first page, the individual stories of the children, and their final reunion to share their expected things. As it turns out, each of them was awaiting a special person—a father, a friend, a baby. Images include spot art and spreads. The simple dialogue and the gouache and ink illustrations have a childlike appeal. Schwartz does a service by acknowledging the complexity of emotions. No matter what, waiting is hard, yet different circumstances can produce different flavors of the same emotion; eager anticipation, fretting impatience, and happy contemplation are the three portrayed here. VERDICT A simple and lovely book that addresses a topic relevant to many children.—Rachel Forbes, Oakville Public Library, Ontario, Canada - Copyright 2015 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.