You’re Finally Here

“Hooray! You’re finally here!” Bunny exclaims from the first page of this young picture book. Then his mood changes: “Where have you been?” Bunny goes on to demonstrate the many reasons why it is rude to keep someone waiting. Just when it looks as though he has convinced the reader to stay, he takes a cell phone call! This silly book captures the way kids feel about being at the mercy of other people’s busy schedules.  

Piglet and Granny

From the writer and illustrator of the popular books Piglet and Mama and Piglet and Papa comes the latest installment about Piglet and her special granny. Piglet loves her granny. She’s been waiting all day for her to visit. Why hasn’t she come? Cow, Horse, Duck, and Sheep all think she’ll be here soon—but what is taking her so long? In this heartwarming barnyard tale, Piglet’s story will resonate with any child who has ever had to wait for someone they love.

Waiting for Mama (Omma Majung: 엄마 마중)

This tender story was first published in a newspaper in 1938. This tale from Korea is universal–a small child waits for Mama at the station, asking the conductor if he has seen her. The conductor hasn’t, but cautions the child to wait a little farther from the tracks. It is cold and snowy but the child waits patiently until finally Mama comes.

This is written in Korean. The English-Korean edition book is also available.

Waiting for Winter

Deer has told Squirrel how wonderful snow is, so he sits outside and waits for winter. He waits, and he waits. All his not-so-patient waiting has woken Hedgehog, who decides he’d like to see it snow too. They wait, and they wait. And it’s still boring, even when there are two of you. All the not-so-patient waiting and the not-so-quiet singing has woken Bear. He’ll have to help Squirrel and Hedgehog find the snow if he wants to get any sleep this winter. Deer said it was white and wet and cold and soft.

New Shoes for Silvia

Silvia can’t wait to try on her present from Tia Rosita: new shoes as red as the inside of a watermelon. The shoes are too big for Silvia to wear, and she waits for her feet to grow. The excitement of the new shoes and the formidable task of waiting to grow into them are both conveyed beautifully through the story and the art.

Waiting for Mama

This tender story was first published in a newspaper in 1938. This tale from Korea is universal–a small child waits for Mama at the station, asking the conductor if he has seen her. The conductor hasn’t, but cautions the child to wait a little farther from the tracks. It is cold and snowy but the child waits patiently until finally Mama comes.

It is an English-Korean bilingual picture book. The Korean edition book is also available.

Read more about Waiting for Mama in WOW Review.