The GoodBye Chair

Nicholas is excited about going back to pre-school, but Nannie is sad about saying goodbye after staying with the family for the holidays.

Nicholas comes up with an idea to make Nannie happier about saying goodbye as he shows her he can count in Maori and use sign language to help talk with Nannie’s deaf friends.

Based on a true story about everyday goodbyes.

Written by Josephine Carson-Barr and illustrated by Simon Barr

$19.95$55.00 incl. GST

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A great story to enjoy with 2-5 year olds who love finding the clever details in the awesome illustrations. Set in New Zealand with some Te Reo and NZ Sign Language and a fun counting game.

Available in standard picture book size and a big book format ideal for classrooms and other ‘read aloud’ situations.


“In this book, Nicholas, who on one hand is excited that he’s going back to see his preschool friends after a two-week break, is on the other sad that his grandmother, who’s been staying with the family, is going back home. The story includes a kind of counting game, as well as couple of surprises on Nicholas’ part at the end, when he shows his grandmother than he can count in Maori, and also use a little sign-language. (His Nannie has some deaf friends.)

“I enjoyed the story. It’s one most parents would be able to read to their children over and over (always an essential element in a children’s book for me). But what adds hugely to the book are the attractive and fun illustrations by Carson-Barr’s son, Simon Barr. At first reading they give an idea of the characters and their surroundings, but as you look at the pictures more closely you see there are a number of humorous additions to the story, imaginative things that Nicholas might be thinking (such as the flood caused by his Nannie’s tears with its accompanying sea creatures), domestic details, and even some in-jokes that parents will appreciate, such as the train with the author’s name written on it. This not only appears on the cover, but also inside the book, where the ‘smoke’ consists of cinema tickets.

“Altogether an attractive book which should go down well with children and parents alike.”  ~ By M. F. Crowlon

Kiwi author Josephine Carson-BarrJosephine Carson-Barr

Find out more about Josephine Carson-Barr on her author page.

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Big book format, Softcover edition

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