Perfect Picture Book Friday: WAITING TOGETHER Plus Giveaway

Happy Perfect Picture Book Friday, dear friends. It’s been a busy week – lots of Zoom meetings with some of my #PBChat Mentees and Runner-ups. And then on Wednesday, I joined ‘You’ve Got Mel’ for a podcast chat with the amazing Mel Rosenberg who is a university professor in Tel Aviv, a micro biologist, an inventor…and someone who writes picture book stories – what an incredible combination, right? At the end of this post I’ll include a link to the interview in case you are interested in finding out even more about me than you already know. I talk about Trick or Treating when I was 5-years-old – our apartment house had 104 families – our candy bags were definitely full…about how various mentors helped guide my writing path…and so much more!

But right now, I’m sure you are tired of waiting…even if we are all waiting together…for today’s Perfect Picture Book!


Written by Danielle Dufayet

Illustrated by Srimalie Bassani

Published by Albert Whitman (2020)

Ages: 4-8

Themes: Waiting, friendship, lyrical language

Synopsis: From Amazon:

Waiting is not easy! And waiting can take a long time. Like waiting on the drip, drip, drip of rain to stop or the ding of the timer for cookies to be done baking. But there’s one thing that can make waiting go a little bit faster―a friend! A perfect read aloud, this book encourages readers to enjoy every kind of wait.

Why I love this book:

  1. Wonderfully lyrical text language!
  2. Engaging diverse illustrations!
  3. Hurray for what some might call a ‘quiet’ book! This is a fabulous read aloud!


Great ideas to make waiting fun and educational:

More great ideas to help teach patience:

Photo courtesy:


Lots of kids these days have trouble telling time with an ‘old-fashioned’ clock because they only have experience with digital time keeping instruments. Making a paper plate clock is fun and easy…for detailed instructions:

Please don’t forget to leave a comment – author Danielle Dufayet is generously offering a copy of this lovely book – it’s a book you’ll enjoy reading aloud with your kids…and they’ll want to hear it over and over again.

Also, remember that the best way to tell an author that you love her books is to buy them, review them, tell friends about them, and ask your local library to purchase copies for their collection.

And as promised, the podcast interview I did with “You’ve Got Mel”.

I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend.

43 thoughts on “Perfect Picture Book Friday: WAITING TOGETHER Plus Giveaway

  1. What a beautiful sounding/looking picture book! I must get this one!
    Vivian, you are an inspiration–starting your pb writing at 64 yrs! My goal is to be the “Grandma Moses” of children’s pb writing. I can so identify with your childhood experiences. Thanks for sharing!

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  2. Love your share today! Waiting teaches patience, and what better way to learn it through a friend.

    And, I listened to your interview with Mel. I always learn something new about you, but you really open up and share your views on life. You are so upbeat. I could identify with your reinventing yourself later in life. I did the same thing. I loved Nancy Drew, the Hardy Boys, Pippi Longstocking, Little House etc. But, you’re right, we didn’t really own a lot of books — we had libraries and book mobiles. I love your spunk for life and your willingness to take chances — can’t imagine you skydiving! I really enjoyed your comments about agents — interesting. And congrats on your upcoming book book “From Here to There.” Good for you — you are living your dream!

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  3. When my daughter was a pre-schooler, we took long car trips to visit family on the East coast. Hours and hours of driving! Arden tried to sit still in her car seat, but it wasn’t easy. She kept asking “when are we going to get there?” Of course, she had little concept of time, but we finally managed to make it real for her by saying “We’ll stop for a break in one TV program.” Or “We’re getting closer – just two TV shows to go.” That made sense to her, not that she watched so much TV, but she sort of knew that one show of Sesame Street plus one show of Mr. Dress-up (we’re Canadian) and we’d be arriving at her grandparent’s house. A book on waiting back then would have been very helpful.


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