Waiting for Gregory
Publication Date: March 21, 2006
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The first picture book from National Book Award winner Kimberly Willis Holt
When exactly is cousin Gregory going to be born? asks little Iris. Each family member has a different answer to her question. While she's waiting for what seems like forever, Iris thinks about all the exciting things she and her new cousin will someday do together. And given Iris' vibrant imagination, there's no telling what to expect. National Book Award winner Kimberly Willis Holt offers a unique take on some of the traditional and not-so-traditional myths surrounding a baby's arrival, with an extra layer of imagination added by Gabi Swiatkowska's fresh and whimsical paintings.
Kimberly Willis Holt is the author of the Piper Reed series, including Piper Reed, Navy Brat, Piper Reed, Clubhouse Queen, and Piper Reed, Rodeo Star. She has written many award-winning novels, including The Water Seeker and My Louisiana Sky, as well as the picture books The Adventures of Granny Clearwater and Little Critter and Skinny Brown Dog. Holt was born in Pensacola, Florida, and lived all over the U.S. and the world—from Paris to Norfolk to Guam to New Orleans. She long dreamed of being a writer, but first worked as a radio news director, marketed a water park, and was an interior decorator, among other jobs. A few years after she started writing, her third book, When Zachary Beaver Came to Town, won a National Book Award for Young People's Literature. She resides in West Texas with her family.
Gabi Swiatkowska is the illustrator of Arrowhawk and My Name Is Yoon, among other books for children. She lives in Poland.
"Gorgeous to look at."
--The New York Times "Swiatkowska ... elegantly muses on the elasticity of time and the mystery of gestation.... This is one for all ages."
--Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) "This child’s-eye take on the passage of time is concrete and comforting."
--Kirkus Reviews "There is more to discover with each viewing."
--School Library Journal "The mix of the everyday and the magical from the child's viewpoint captures the longing, mystery, and joy."