Wait! Wait!Book - 2013
A gentle celebration of a very young child's introduction to the natural world combines sparse, repetitive text and delicate illustrations depicting a child who encounters small animals, birds and insects that rapidly swoop away until the child's parent appears, revealing how loved ones will always return.
Wait! Wait! is an ideal book for young children that gently follows their rhythms and preoccupations. With a text of few words, frequent repetitions, and delicate illustrations with which children will quickly identify, the book follows a young child's discovery of other creatures. This discovery comes with the recognition that while other creatures can suddenly appear they can also go away and disappear just as quickly. But the delightful appearance of a dad and his playful swoop of his toddler up onto his shoulders will remind little ones that the people who love them will always be there and will never, ever not come back.
Hatsue Nakawaki is a prolific author of children's books.
Komako Sakai was born in Hyogo, Japan, in 1966. After graduating from Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music, Sakai worked at a kimono textile design company. She is currently one of the most popular authors and illustrators in Japan. Her books Emily's Balloon and The Snow Day have been published in the United States and were received with starred reviews and much acclaim.
A young child learns that although creatures that appear can also disappear, parents will always be there.