The Hello, Goodbye Window

Written By: Norton Juster

Illustrated By: Chris Raschka

Before Reading

Explore Illustrations

Look over the cover and illustrations throughout the book. Promote imaginative thinking by encouraging your child to predict what will happen in this story. Ask questions like:

What do you think will happen in this story?

Why do you think the window is called “The Hello, Goodbye Window?”

Who do you think the people standing in the window are? Who is the little girl?

{Flip to a certain page} What do you think is happening in this picture?

As You Read

Make your read-through fun and entertaining for your child by being a little silly as you read. For example, when the girl describes her encounter with her grandparents at their window, she says that they make silly faces at her. You can ask, “What kind of silly faces do you think they make? Can you show me? Do you think they look like this? What about this?” This silliness is sure to get some giggles out of your little one and make your read-through more enjoyable for the both of you.

Vocabulary Building

Help build your child’s vocabulary by allowing him/her to stop when they come across an unfamiliar word. Encourage your child to discover the meaning of the word using the words and illustrations surrounding it. Examples of new words in The Hello, Goodbye Window include:



Making Connections

Comparing parts of the story to your child’s own life experiences is a great way to keep him/her engaged and make the story and its characters more relate-able. For example, when the little girl is leaving her grandparents’ house, she says that she feels both happy and sad about leaving. Ask your child if s/he has ever felt that way by asking, “Can you think of a time when you felt both happy and sad about something? Why did you feel that way?”  

After Reading

Summarize and Interpret

To ensure comprehension, ask your child these questions about the story you have just read.

What was your favorite part of the story? Why?

What is the first thing that the little girl does when she goes to her grandparents’ house? What happens?

What are some things that she likes to do at their house?

What else does she see from the Hello, Goodbye Window besides her grandparents?

Why was she both happy and sad to leave her grandparents’ house?

Importance of family is demonstrated in this story so ask your child about the last time they visited a family member by asking, “When was the last time we visited {family member}? Where does s/he live? What did you do when we went to visit? Do you want to visit again soon? Why or why not?”

Activity: Stained Glass Hello, Goodbye Window

Adapted from Happy Clippings

Supplies: Dark cardstock paper, colored tissue paper, contact paper, scissors,  and shape template (in this case, it’s a butterfly)


You, too, can have a hello, goodbye window in your home and you can designate it as such by adding these beautiful stained glass crafts using colored tissue paper.

  1. Cut different colored tissue paper into several pieces.
  2. Fold the template and card stock paper in half and then trace and cut out your shape. It can be a butterfly like in this example or you can make your own! For the butterfly, cut out a long ovular strip from the contact paper for the butterfly’s body.
  3. Place the butterfly onto the sticky side of the contact paper and begin decorating the butterfly by placing the pieces of tissue paper into the outline. You can also place another butterfly outline on top once all of the tissue pieces have been added.
  4. Place another sheet of contact paper on top of the finished butterfly so that the sticky side is facing down and smooth it out. Cut off the excess contact paper. Now your butterfly is ready to hang in your window for the world to see and now you and your child can easily distinguish your Hello, Goodbye Window!