Reading/Interest Level: Toddler, Preschool
Author: Antoinette Portis
Publisher: Roaring Brook Press
In the conflict between getting places and stopping to see what the world has to offer, Wait depicts a walk through the city through a child’s eyes. An adult, seen carrying items such as an umbrella, bag and cell phone throughout the story, hurries a young child in a striped shirt and red pants to get to the train station. Along the way, the child stops to enjoy things such as a dog on the sidewalk, a cement mixer, and an ice cream truck. Soon it begins to rain! The child puts on a rain jacket and the adult pulls out an umbrella and the rush is on to make it to the train. Just as they reach the train station, the rain slows down and the child tugs on the adult’s jacket. A beautiful rainbow appears and finally, the adult agrees that it is time to wait to enjoy what they see around them.
The simple yet appealing text in this book compliments the storyline that the illustrations so beautifully depict. With each page the reader is pulled into an internal conflict of rushing to the destination or stopping to enjoy some of what they see along the way. Wait provides ample room for those reading it to engage in conversation about where the woman and child are going and what they stop to see along the way. Teachers and parents alike will read this book to children with a smirk on their face as they are reminded to appreciate the curiosity of children, even when they are in a hurry.