While We Wait – Owlkids

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While We Wait

By Judy Ann Sadler and Élodie Duhameau

From 3 to 7 | 32 pages

A gentle play on patience while a boy and his grandma knit the perfect gift

A boy and his grandmother are waiting for … something. While they wait, they sit and knit, they stretch, they rock, they dance, they snack, and they talk. But still, time passes slowly.

As the hours go by, they fill the day together. They sit and knit and wait. Until—it’s finally time! The long wait is over when the boy’s parents come home with a special arrival. We see what the boy and his grandma have been creating together: a handmade gift for the newest member of their family, created with love.

With a soft color palette and simple, lyrical text lending a rhythmic beat, While We Wait is a sweet lesson in patience that shows some things are well worth the wait.

Judy Ann Sadler, Élodie Duhameau

"A perfect addition to the canon of books welcoming new siblings to the family, this is highly recommended."

- School Library Journal

"The elegantly crafted text lyrically conveys just how active the act of waiting can be ... Judy Ann Sadler expertly stitches warmth and originality into the fabric of this sweet picture book about a close-knit family and the fine art of patience."

- The Canadian Children’s Book Centre

"An exquisite ode to impatience and joy ... In our fast and sometimes disconnected lives, this is a welcome gift."

- Canadian Review of Materials

"An original and utterly charming picture book showcasing the value of patience and that some things are well worth the wait."

- Children’s Bookwatch

"Illustrations are expressive, full of emotion, and done with a soft, cozy palette. Repetitive rhythmic phrasing encourages young readers to join in."

- Sal's Fiction Addiction

"A great introduction for all children about the importance of calmly waiting but especially so for older siblings that need to practice patience for their new young siblings."

- Children’s Literature Comprehensive Database
Best Books for Kids and Teens, 2022

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