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Big Red Barn

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Share the joy of storytime with your child.Board book editions of classic picture books are paired with entertaining recordings to create a lively storytelling experience for the youngest child.

BIG RED BARN, Margaret Wise Brown's classic barnyard story is avaliable on cassette for the first time. This lulling, gentle verse about life on ...

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Overview

Share a Story
My First Book and Tape

Share the joy of storytime with your child.Board book editions of classic picture books are paired with entertaining recordings to create a lively storytelling experience for the youngest child.

BIG RED BARN, Margaret Wise Brown's classic barnyard story is avaliable on cassette for the first time. This lulling, gentle verse about life on the farm will enchant young listeners again and again.

Rhymed text and illustrations introduce the many different animals that live in the big red barn.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Dr. Judy Rowen
Harkening back to 1956, this classic children's book by Margaret Wise Brown is still in print. Her lulling cadences introduce the barnyard animals as they play one day while the children are away. The illustrations carry us from sunrise to nightfall. A perfect choice for older toddlers. The revised drawings in full color will delight kids.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780694006243
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/28/1995
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 26,701
  • Age range: 2 - 5 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 5.87 (h) x 0.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Few writers have been as attuned to the concerns and emotions of childhood as Margaret Wise Brown (1910-1952). A graduate of Hollins College and the progressive Bank Street College of Education, she combined her literary aspirations with the study of child development. Her unique ability to see the world through a child's eyes is unequaled. Her many classic books continue to delight thousands of young listeners and readers year after year.


Muy pocos escritores de literatura infantil han logrado captar las emociones e inquietudes de la niñez como Margaret Wise Brown (1910-1952). Sus numerosos y ya clásicos libros y grabaciones continúan deleitando a lectores y oyentes de todas las edades.

Felicia Bond is the illustrator of numerous books for children. In addition to the If You Give . . . series, she has also illustrated, among other titles, Big Red Barn by Margaret Wise Brown and Little Porcupine's Christmas by Joseph Slate. She's the author and illustrator of the Poinsettia books, The Day It Rained Hearts, The Halloween Play, and Tumble Bumble. An avid animal lover, reader, and cook, she lived for many years in New York and currently lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Felicia Bond ha ilustrado muchos libros para niños. Aparte de la conocida serie Si le das . . . , también ha ilustrado Big Red Barn por Margaret Wise Brown y Little Porcupine's Christmas por Joseph Slate. Es la autora e ilustradora de los libros Poinsettia: The Day It Rained Hearts, The Halloween Play y Tumble Bumble. Le encantan los animales, los libros al igual que cocinar. Vivió en Nueva York durante muchos años, y ahora vive en Austin, Texas, y Santa Fé, Nuevo México.

Biography

When Margaret Wise Brown began to write for young children, most picture books were written by illustrators, whose training and talents lay mainly in the visual arts. Brown, the author of Goodnight Moon, was the first picture-book author to achieve recognition as a writer, and the first, according to historian Barbara Bader, "to make the writing of picture books an art."

After graduating college in 1932, Brown's first ambition was to write literature for adults; but when she entered a program for student teachers in New York, she was thrilled by the experience of working with young children, and inspired by the program's progressive leader, the education reformer Lucy Sprague Mitchell. Mitchell held that stories for very young children should be grounded in "the here and now" rather than nonsense or fantasy. For children aged two to five, she thought, real experience was magical enough without embellishments.

Few children's authors had attempted to write specifically for so young an audience, but Brown quickly proved herself gifted at the task. She was appointed editor of a new publishing firm devoted to children's books, where she cultivated promising new writers and illustrators, helped develop innovations like the board book, and became, as her biographer Leonard S. Marcus notes, "one of the central figures of a period now considered the golden age of the American picture book."

Though Brown was intensely interested in modernist writers like Gertrude Stein (whom she persuaded to write a children's book, The World Is Round), it was a medieval ballad that provided the inspiration for The Runaway Bunny (1942), illustrated by Clement Hurd. The Runaway Bunny was Brown's first departure from the here-and-now style of writing, and became one of her most popular books.

Goodnight Moon, another collaboration with Hurd, appeared in 1947. The story of a little rabbit's bedtime ritual, its rhythmic litany of familiar objects placed it somewhere between the nursery rhyme and the here-and-now story. At first it was only moderately successful, but its popularity gradually climbed, and by 2000, it was among the top 40 best-selling children's books of all time.

The postwar baby boom helped propel sales of Brown's many picture books, including Two Little Trains (1949) and The Important Book (1949). After the author died in 1952, at the age of 42, many of her unpublished manuscripts were illustrated and made into books, but Brown remains best known for Goodnight Moon and The Runaway Bunny.

More people recognize those titles than recognize the name of their author, but Margaret Wise Brown wouldn't have minded. "It didn't seem important that anyone wrote them," she once said of the books she read as a child. "And it still doesn't seem important. I wish I didn't have ever to sign my long name on the cover of a book and I wish I could write a story that would seem absolutely true to the child who hears it and to myself." For millions of children who have settled down to hear her stories, she did just that.

Good To Know

When Goodnight Moon first appeared, the New York Public Library declined to buy it (an internal reviewer dismissed it as too sentimental). The book sold fairly well until 1953, when sales began to climb, perhaps because of word-of-mouth recommendations by parents. More than 4 million copies have now been sold. The New York Public Library finally placed its first order for the book in 1973.

If you look closely at the bookshelves illustrated in Goodnight Moon, you'll see that one of the little rabbit's books is The Runaway Bunny. One of three framed pictures on the walls shows a scene from the same book.

Brown's death was a stunning and sad surprise. The author had had an emergency appendectomy in France while on a book tour, which was successful; but when she did a can-can kick days later to demonstrate her good health to her doctor, it caused a fatal embolism.

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    1. Also Known As:
      Golden MacDonald, Juniper Sage, Timothy Hay
    1. Date of Birth:
      May 23, 1910
    2. Place of Birth:
      Brooklyn, N.Y.
    1. Date of Death:
      November 13, 1952
    2. Place of Death:
      Nice, France

Customer Reviews

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  • Posted September 19, 2009

    The fun at the big red barn

    I love this book but wouldn't recommend it for infants, it's too long for them.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 26, 2014

    Dear tale for boys and girls

    When we first got this for our grandchildren, it was a new Margaret Wise Brown to us. Our grandsons really liked it; it's an unexpected story with lovely illustrations. We bought this for a pediatrics office since it is good for a wide range of ages and for both girls and boys.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 14, 2014

    Perfect for little children learning about animals!

    I loved sharing this book with my little grandson. He loved it and so did I.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 22, 2013

    I have read this book to my 2 year old grandson at least twice a

    I have read this book to my 2 year old grandson at least twice a week before his nap since he was a year old and we both love it. The illustrations are wonderful and the fact that it rhymes makes it so much more enjoyable. ice.
    I highly recommend this book.

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  • Posted July 25, 2013

    Another book has migrated downstairs for my review. Before I wro

    Another book has migrated downstairs for my review. Before I wrote this review, I had to do a little research on the author. I vaguely remembered that she had no children and died young -- I was right: she never married, had no children and died of a post-surgery blood clot in 1952 at the age of 42. Yet her work lives on in a big way. Why?
    Big Red Barn, like Goodnight Moon, reads like a lullaby. It is about impossible to not lull your voice when reading it. Its phrases end with a gentle rhyme, not forced-feeling rhyming couplets. And, also like Goodnight Moon, as the book winds down, the phrases become shorter until they just disappear and the story is over. That's why an adult at a child's bedtime would like. Why a toddler likes it, I don't know. It could be the animal noises interspersed in the story. It could be the lullaby effect of the book. It could be anything. I just know that my toddler likes it.
    Felicia Bond is very well-known for her illustrations in the "If You Give..." series, and rightfully so. Her pictures brim with personality, color and humor. None of those qualities are lost in this edition of Margaret Wise Brown's classic.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 12, 2012

    I adore this book.

    This book has become a love of mine and my four year old son's. I'm ashamed that I didn't know about it when my older kids were little. The verse is musical, the illustrations are simple yet engaging, and the story line takes me to a life that is slower paced than mine. My son will have me read it to him multiple times in a row, and it has been this way since he was one. I really can't recommend this enough. I grew up loving Good Night Moon, but I like this even more.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 31, 2012

    Nobody can resist Good Night Moon. As a matter of fact, I receiv

    Nobody can resist Good Night Moon. As a matter of fact, I received 11 copies of it as baby shower presents (in various formats and sizes) when i was pregnant with my son. I promise you, this is a welcome regift but beware of it as a shower gift because of its popularity!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 7, 2010

    an early library classic

    I recently purchased a copy of THE BIG RED BARN for a friend who was adopting 1 and 2 year old brothers. I remembered this book fondly as one of my son's favorite bedtime reads. The text is simple and rhyming. The story takes the reader through a day on the farm, introducing a variety of animals through charming illustrations. At the end of the book all of the animals go to bed in the barn. It's sweet how Margaret Wise Brown steadily darkens the sky so the reader can anticipate the end of the day. When my son was little, we would sing a soft, simple tune to say goodnight to each of the animals sleeping in the barn. Bonus: Since it's a boardbook, my son was able to turn the pages without me having to worry about them being torn.

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  • Posted March 14, 2010

    The Words Are Magical

    Margaret Wise Brown had a gift for words; but mostly for putting words together in a way that makes you love to read them aloud. I bought this book when my first-born was a baby. I read it to him many times. Then I read it to his younger brother many times, then to both of them together many times. Here comes the magical part. When the boys were too old to appreciate "The Big Red Barn" I didn't dream of giving it away, as I did many of their other books they outgrew. I kept it for me and sometimes when I'm stressed or tired or scattered I grab "The Big Red Barn" and I read it aloud to myself. It's soothing and the imagery is lovely. It's a gem, to be sure.

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  • Posted March 9, 2010

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    Down on the Farm Again

    When I found The Big Red Barn and noticed it was written by Margaret Wise Brown, also the author of Goodnight Moon, I quickly added it to our collection. Goodnight Moon had stood us in good stead for over a year, and I was sure The Big Red Barn would soon be another favorite. We especially love the colorful illustrations; there is much to see on every page and you can notice new things with each reading. Sometimes we have to look very very close to see little mice! The rhyming, easy writing style makes for great animal-noise making moments. My mom grew up on a farm and we spent lots of time there as children, so the chance to expose my grandson to an environment he'll likely never know is immensely pleasing to me.

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  • Posted November 23, 2009

    love this book!

    this is one of four that we give at baby showers. we've noticed that very few people give books at showers. this purchase was for my sister-in-law. as she began opening it, she started to cry when she realized what the gift was, because she used to read all these books to my daughter when she was small.

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  • Posted September 13, 2009

    My 2 yr old LOVES this book.

    I purchased this book for my 2 1/2 yr old daughter because she always talks about farm animals and loves Goodnight Moon by the same author. This is now her favorite book. We've read it so many times in the last month that she now recites it while sitting on the potty. Great book!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 2, 2009

    A winner with the Whole Family

    We received this as a gift for our oldest son who is know 7. We have replaced that copy twice. The pictures are wonderful and we love to look for the mouse and butterfly on different pages. The story is simple enough for little kids to follow along. Now our oldest son reads this to his brothers!!

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  • Posted July 25, 2009

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    Some nice moments, text is awkward and lacks flow. Not a favorite.

    I was disappointed in this book. I purchased it without having ever read it, based on the few pages and text snippets I was able to find here and on other book sites - the few pages I read seemed to have a nice rhythm and the illustrations looked fine. I didn't have a book with farm animals for my baby, so this seemed a good, fun start -- plus, my baby (a 10-month-old) loves Goodnight Moon.

    I find the text very awkward. It lacks consistent rhythm and doesn't always flow. Some of the lines are really nice, and it seems to start to flow when suddenly, there are animal noises. Part of this may be the layout of the book, as well, when lines are broken up over two pages and the sense of rhythm is lost entirely.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 4, 2009

    The best farm animal book for babies!

    This book has great illustrations set on a farm. I like it better than the books that just show a picture of one animal at a time. The moon at the end was a favorite early on for my baby. This is probably her favorite book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 16, 2009

    Beautiful illustrations.

    I love the wonderful illustrations and each picture has a lot of animals to pick out and talk about. The story does not rhyme, unlike most board books.

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  • Posted May 15, 2009

    Fun to read!

    My grandsons are ages 2 and 4. They both enjoy me reading this book to them. They enjoy books about animals and the rhymes in the book make it a very engaging and fun book to read.

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  • Posted April 28, 2009

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    Sticks with me in the best possible way

    When I first purchased this book, as part of a bundled set, the cover did not grab me so I didn't read it to my son for a while. Then I read it to him before bed one night and was taken by how perfect the rhythm is, and how the sing-song nature of it stuck with me, but only in the best possible way, sort of like a song you hear and instantly like.

    We have many books, but I read it to him again and again, until I memorized the whole thing. On car trips, I would recite the whole book to my son from memory, and I am not one to memorize lines from a play nor from a poem--but I can remember song lyrics. The text is so lyrical, that it's sort of like a song, and it does not become boring when read over and over.

    By the big red barn / In the great green field,
    There was pink pig / Who was learning to squeal.
    There was a great big horse / And a very little horse,
    And on every barn / Is a weather vane, of course,
    A golden flying horse.

    If I was told I could only have ten books out of the hundreds that I own, I would likely include this one. It's that delightful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 13, 2009

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    Engaging and great fun to read

    My two year old daughter loves this story - we checked it out from the library first. After repeated requests to go and get "Big Red Barn" from the library, we purchased a copy for her birthday. The rhymes and images make for a delightful shared story experience, especially if your child likes animals. I would recommend this book to anyone with young children, in fact, if you don't have young children go and borrow one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 16, 2009

    Great bedtime story

    Since we had memorized all of my son's bedtime books we went looking for something different. I love this book and he loves all of the animals and the animal sounds we make together.

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