Goodnight Moon Board Book 60th Anniversary Edition Board book – Jan 23 2007
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Perhaps the perfect children's bedtime book, Goodnight Moon is a short poem of goodnight wishes from a young rabbit preparing for--or attempting to postpone--his own slumber. He says goodnight to every object in sight and within earshot, including the "quiet old lady whispering hush." Clement Hurd's illustrations are simple and effective, alternating between small ink drawings and wide, brightly colored views of the little rabbit's room.
Finding all of the items mentioned throughout the book within the pictures is a good bedtime activity--a reappearing little mouse is particularly pesky. By the end of the little rabbit's goodnight poem, the story has quieted to a whisper, and the drawings have darkened with nightfall. As you turn the last page, you can expect a sleepy smile and at least a yawn or two. (Picture book)
From Publishers Weekly
Just in time for gift-giving season, the two hardcover staples for every nursery Goodnight Moon and The Runaway Bunny by Margaret Wise Brown, illus. by Clement Hurd are now available in a handsome fabric-covered shrink-wrapped cardboard sleeve as A Margaret Wise Brown Gift Set. In addition, an oversize board book edition of Goodnight Moon makes the great green room larger than ever, allowing readers to trace with ease the tiny mouse that appears in each spread. (Sept.)
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I think what makes this book so special, among many things, is that it's short, full of contrasting, bright colors, and the fact that "Mommy" is reading it. I cuddle up with her and have the lights dimmed and she's dressed and ready for bed with her favorite blanket, relaxed and ready to look and listen.
The part after, "Goodnight comb, And goodnight brush," where it next says, "Goodnight nobody," I have placed a baby picture of my daughter and we say together, "Goodnight________,"(her name.) She enjoys seeing herself in the book and I think it's great for her to basically tell herself to go to sleep!
The last full-page spread (which by the way, every colored page is a full-page spread) is particularly pleasant; the lights are dimmed in the baby bunny's room, he's in in his pajamas in his bed under the covers and the only things that are dominant and glowing are the moon and night stars, the fire in the fireplace, and the toyhouse's lights. Looking at that, what else would a child want to do but follow the bunny's lead and go to sleep? Goodnight Moon! (Big yawn...)
Suggestion: If your child doesn't want to let you leave after reading the book, you can make up your own "Goodnight ROOM" story and help him/her say goodnight to objects in his/her room. This in addition to the book, should do the trick!
"Goodnight Moon" is the quintessential bedtime book. It is worded perfectly for a relaxed pace and soothing tone from the reader, as well as a nice poetic rhythm. The little bunny in the story says goodnight to objects in the room as he goes to bed; you can continue from this book to say goodnight to objects in your child's own room. As you read, watch the moon rise and the time change on the clocks, and remember to look around the room for the mouse!
I am perplexed by the reasons given by some reviewers as to why they don't like this book. As for boredom, any adult can become bored with a children's book of this level when it's read over and over and over (and over), as children of this age require of you. "Goodnight Moon" is not aimed at adults. That obvious fact being said, I have *never* been bored with this long-memorized book in four years of reading it (over and over and over), because it is so well written.
One current reviewer claims there is no lyricism or poetry to the words, which left me agape -- anyone who can speak English decently well could feel the rhythm and lyricism in the text, and read it accordingly. Was she reading a different book?
To the reviewer who noted the "tired catalogue of meaningless objects," remember that small children need repetition to learn -- "Read it, Papa, read it (over and over and over)!" -- and no objects are meaningless to them. They are curious about everything; it is we adults who often narrow our curiosity too much, teaching our children to do likewise. And of course, the worth of artwork is always a matter of opinion -- he is obviously a "modern art" person from his other reviews, so he knows this very well.Read more ›
The alternating color and black-and-white pictures are soothing and calming. The bright green colored pictures gradually become darker and darker as sleepy time approaches. The words are melodic and can even feel hypnotic if read in a certain way.
Buy this book if you have children who like bedtime stories. My children never tired of hearing this and I never tired of reading it to them.
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I sent this to my first great grandchild because I remember how much our kids liked rhis vook when they were
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Books is very good but it's much smaller than I thought. (Board book) Check dimensions.Published 2 months ago by Sherms