Between Two Windows

HarperCollins. Jan. 2024. 48p. Tr $19.99. ISBN 9780063235106.
PreS-Gr 3–Kayla and Mateo live in different apartment buildings, but their windows are directly across from each other. One day, when they are both bored, they find that there is a clothesline on a pulley that will allow them to send things to each other. They both like drawing, so they start creating adventures together on paper. When the handyman in the building takes down the clothesline, the kids have to figure out a new way to share ideas. This is an inventive story about how working together is better than working alone. The artwork, a combination of cut-paper with markers or crayon drawings, is wonderfully effective—the cut-paper is vibrant and full, while the drawings, with an unfinished childlike feel, perfectly convey that this is the adventure that Kayla and Mateo are sharing. In addition to enjoying the story on its merits, readers will be inspired to create adventures of their own.
VERDICT A terrific, imaginative piece of make-believe, perfect for a library read-aloud with excellent opportunities for extending the story.

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