Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown
By Margaret Wise Brown
Illustrated by Clement Hurd
This classic goodnight story features a little rabbit in his “great green room” labeling the items he sees and saying goodnight to them all, including the pictures on the walls (the three bears and the cow jumping over the moon) and the moon which he can see through the window. The illustrations alternate between scenes of the brightly colored room and black and white illustrations that focus on the item being labeled. The familiar items, rhyme and repetition (many things are “little”), the varied rhythm, and the warmth and brightness of the illustrations will appeal strongly to the youngest children. There’s plenty of details in the room for older children to notice (the toys on the bookcase, the fishing rabbits picture).
This cozy book is the perfect bedtime book to share with your young child. The rhyme and pace are wonderful to read aloud. The cheerful illustrations are perfect for children who are just starting to look at books independently.
About the author:
Margaret Wise Brown (1910-1952) was a teacher and editor who wrote over 100 books for younger children including Big Red Barn, The Runaway Bunny and The Color Kittens. She is best known for Goodnight Moon.
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