Photos: Campus School students visit Norton Juster

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  • Tori Juster, left, of Amherst reads aloud from “The Hello, Goodbye Window,” written by her grandfather Norton Juster, center, as her mother, Emily Juster, turns the pages of a second copy for the benefit of Smith College Campus School kindergartners visiting at Christopher Heights in Northampton on Friday. STAFF PHOTO/KEVIN GUTTING

  • Smith College Campus School kindergartner Bhramari Papouchis asks a question after listening to a reading of "The Hello, Goodbye Window", at Christopher Heights in Northampton on Friday, Feb. 21, 2020. Joining her are classmates, from left, Zahra Naviq, Marlowe Turner and Esmee Halligan Tetreault. —STAFF PHOTO/KEVIN GUTTING

  • Smith College Campus School kindergartner Vivienne White, center, receives a complimentary copy of "The Hello, Goodbye Window" from Tori Juster, left, granddaughter of author Norton Juster, second from left. after she read the book to White's class on their visit to Christopher Heights in Northampton on Friday, Feb. 21, 2020. Seated on the other side of Juster is his daughter, and Tori's mother, Emily Juster. —STAFF PHOTO/KEVIN GUTTING

  • Smith College Campus School kindergartner Hayden Jean-Denis watches a classmate get up to receive a complimentary copy of "The Hello, Goodbye Window", by Norton Juster, after a reading of the book at Christopher Heights in Northampton where Juster is a resident. Seated with Hayden are Oliver Neuberger and Ryerson Santiago, right. Photographed on Friday, Feb. 21, 2020. —STAFF PHOTO/KEVIN GUTTING

  • Smith College Campus School kindergarten teacher Danielle L'Heureux, foreground left, leads her class in a song after a visit to author and Christopher Heights resident Norton Juster, seated in background, on Friday, Feb. 21, 2020, in Northampton. —STAFF PHOTO/KEVIN GUTTING

  • Local children's book author Mo Willems, standing foreground, pretends to get in line to leave with Smith College Campus School kindergartners after they all heard a reading of "The Hello, Goodbye Window", written by Norton Juster, seated center, by his granddaughter Tori Juster, left, and daughter, Emily Juster, right, at Christopher Heights in Northampton on Friday, Feb. 21, 2020. —STAFF PHOTO/KEVIN GUTTING

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Published: 2/23/2020 11:20:44 PM

NORTHAMPTON – Kindergartners from the Campus School of Smith College paid a visit to author and Christopher Heights resident Norton Juster on Friday and heard a first-person reading of “The Hello, Goodbye Window” by his granddaughter, Tori Juster, who is the featured voice in the 2005 book. Tori read the story aloud to the class  – and to several appreciative adults including local author Mo Willems and former Northampton Mayor Mary Ford – while her mother, Juster’s daughter, Emily Juster, held a second copy aloft and turned the pages for all to see the illustrations.

Afterward each child received a copy of the book and enjoyed cake and cookies with Emily who just happened to be celebrating her birthday. The two dozen kindergartners then formed a circle to sing a farewell to the Justers with their version of "Mail Myself to You" by Woody Guthrie.

Kevin Gutting can be reached at kgutting@gazettenet.com.



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