Waiting for Goliath – by Antje Damm

        Waiting for Goliath – by Antje Damm, Gecko Press, 9781776571413, 2017

Format: Hardcover

Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 4

What did you like about the book? Bear never gives up waiting for Goliath, his best friend. He sits on a bench and waits and waits and waits, even when he forgets what he’s waiting for. He waits through the cold snowy winter and is awakened by the warmth of spring. But he continues to wait. Finally his best friend shows up and apologizes that he came as fast as he could. No problem, though. Bear picks up his best friend Goliath, a snail, and they head to the park for some fun. This is a great book of friendship. The illustrations look like paper collages and will encourage children to tell a story with cutting out their characters and putting them in scenes.

Anything you didn’t like about it? I liked everything about this book, especially the illustrations and message of friendship.

To whom would you recommend this book?  Children ages 2-5. An elementary school art teacher might want to read this book as an introduction to an art lesson. This is also a good read aloud story to preschool and kindergarten children that will encourage a discussion about friendship and the surprise ending of Goliath being a snail.

Who should buy this book? Public libraries, elementary school libraries, pre-schools

Where would you shelve it? Picture books

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Yes

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Sandra Pacheco, ESL teacher Washington, DC.

Date of review: July 25, 2017


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