Written and Illustrated By Missy Hagen
Genre: Children’s Multigenerational Family Life
“Harrison Waits” is a wonderful story about a young boy who is anxiously waiting for … what? See how Harrison patiently passes the time while he anticipates the arrival of something special he has been looking forward to for a long time. Will it be worth the wait? Can Harrison find enough to do to keep himself busy while waiting? The colorful artwork from Missy Hagen will captivate all ages while the clever play on the letters “H” and “W” will entertain readers and listeners alike. For extra fun, search for hidden “H” and “W” words illustrated on each page!
Literary Titan Silver Book Award (January 2021)”Harrison Waits” is quite simply the cutest book I have read in quite some time. Each page has a cute picture, illustrated in a soft color scheme, that is reminiscent of the classic cartoons in newspapers. I know that I have told my young child plenty of times to ‘wait’, and I just expected them to know what I was talking about. This book gives parents and care givers the perfect opportunity, and resource, to talk about the idea of waiting. It also helps give children the tools they’ll need to wait, by showing them different activates they could be doing while waiting.
Author Missy Hagen has written a wonderfully charming book, with rhymes and cute images, that will keep children’s attention and educate them as well. This is perfect for parents or teachers that are caring for young children that find themselves waiting. – Literary Titan.
Activities From Harrison Waits
Now that the weather is starting to resemble spring (depending on your location, of course), kids who have been cooped up too long are wanting to explore outside, enjoy the sunshine, and maybe even see their friends.
Missy Hagen, wrote and illustrated her book, Harrison Waits, because of her grandson. “My son called with the news of our grandson’s impending name selection. When he exclaimed ‘Harrison’ – I immediately gushed . . . moments later he added ‘Wolfgang’ and I was deathly silent. (I didn’t mean to be so transparent. . . .I was so taken aback I didn’t have the wherewithal to gush diplomatically). He was so proud of all the HWHW-ness of the name I felt like I had punched him in the gut with my lack of enthusiasm. After Harrison was born – I was still feeling bad about my reaction, so I wrote a little storyboard of a book celebrating the letters H and W.”
Harrison has some fun while he’s waiting for. . .well, I shouldn’t tell you – you should read the book! There are some fun activities Harrison, and your children, might enjoy:
Planting seeds. Want to grow a tomato? Start with a tomato slice and a paper cup. Plant it outside about 10 days later. For younger kids, here’s a simple activity to plant seeds.
Acorn Hopscotch. We have all played hopscotch, and here’s another variation, that incorporates exercise. Or, let their imagination run wild! Instead of numbering from 1 – 10 and rectangular boxes, maybe they draw a huge circle, with circles within, and use letters, characters or emojis instead of numbers. More fun to hop in circles than in a straight line!
Magic Wand – like Harry Potter. Here is a You Tube video on how to make a DIY magic want – no hot glue gun needed! It all starts with paper.
Words in Chalk. While the kids are busy with Hopscotch, grab some chalk and write some words, with a missing letter, like below. And add in your child’s name or favorite place or toy. Then, they can guess the missing letters. You could also play Hangman for kids.
H_PPY, W_ND, HER_, HOU_SE, W_IT, HUN_RY, W_GON
Jump Rope. Great exercise, and if you have forgotten some of the oldie but goodie jumping rhymes, here they are!
Make some music with a homade harmonica.
Enjoy these activities with your children!
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Dr. Lit 5.0 out of 5 stars What are you ‘wait’ing for?
This book will take your child on a playful guessing game with the big question what exactly IS Harrison waiting for?!? It comes full circle as you see Gramma love him in the end. Every child looks forward to such special visits and your kiddos will enjoy the story and especially the colorful and lifelike illustrations.
Paul Skattum 5.0 out of 5 stars Sweet Book
I really liked the book. The story is sweet and so true for a young person. The illustrations are superb. In my opinion it is a written for a younger person than I wanted to give to. But kids will enjoy the story. Do get it. Very enjoyable.
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