Mabel Watts, author of A Cow in the House, explores the painful process of waiting and shows it to be the basic ingredient of growth. To the young child, the prospect of waiting until tomorrow for some desired event is comparable to the ordeal of Penelope, waiting ten years for the return of her King. But wait he must as must every living creature engaged in development--the chicken awaiting the hatching of her brood, the child waiting for the rain to stop, a crowd waiting for a train. Imre Horbauer's fluid illustrations are poignant but not immediately attractive, capturing the bitter-sweet mood of the book's subject. It is somehow doubtful that Everyone Waits will substantially curtail the pain of having to ""sit still"", but it should teach the child that he is not alone in his discomfort.