Buenas noches, Luna (Goodnight Moon)

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Buenas noches, Luna por Margaret Wise Brown
Ilustrado por Clement Hurd

En una gran habitación verde, arropado en su cama, está un conejito.
— Buenas noches, habitación.
— Buenas noches, Luna — dice el conejito.

Y así sucesivamente, le da las buenas noches a todas las cosas que reconoce en su cuarto: al ...

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Overview

Buenas noches, Luna por Margaret Wise Brown
Ilustrado por Clement Hurd

En una gran habitación verde, arropado en su cama, está un conejito.
— Buenas noches, habitación.
— Buenas noches, Luna — dice el conejito.

Y así sucesivamente, le da las buenas noches a todas las cosas que reconoce en su cuarto: al cuadro de los tres ositos sentaditos en sus sillas, a los relojes y a los calcetines, a los gatitos juguetones y a los lindos mitones.

En este cuento clásico de la literatura infantil, adorado por generaciones de niños, la poesía que encierra su texto y la ternura de sus bellas ilustraciones con-vierten a éste en un libro ideal para culminar el día.

Before going to sleep, a little rabbit says goodnight to many different things.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Mandy Cruz
The Spanish translation of Good Night Moon is true to the original. All of our fond illustrations of the moon, kittens, mittens, and the little old lady whispering ?hush' are here, just in Spanish. The translation manages to overcome the difficult obstacle of maintaining the mood of the original. The accompanying disc features a reader with a soothing voice compelling the listener to settle into bed. Her voice is loving enough to take over when the inevitable request to read it again is made. Easily a favorite that will settle in on the book shelf next to the English version, that is when it is not in the hands of a young reader/listener. Tuck your child in and ask if they want to say good night to the moon or la luna. Either way they will drift off into dreamland before you know it with visions of the cow jumping over the moon. Reviewer: Mandy Cruz
Christian Science Monitor
A little rabbit bids goodnight to each familiar thing in his moonlit room. Rhythmic, gently lulling words combined with warm and equally lulling pictures make this beloved classic "an ideal bedtime book.
Publishers Weekly
Loyal to the original, this translation has retained the poetic and soothing tone that makes it a favorite read-aloud. It's as popular among Spanish readers as its original always has been among English readers. Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
From The Critics
A superb job of translating Margaret Wise Brown 's "Goodnight Moon" into Spanish. Teresa Mlawa is able to keep the rhythm and the atmosphere. She even manages some rhyming! This American classic will surely also be loved by the Spanish-speaking audience! 2002, Harper Festival, $7.95. Ages 3 mo. to 5. Reviewer: A. Braga SOURCE: Parent Council, September 2001 (Vol. 9, No. 1)
School Library Journal
PreS-K-- One of the best-loved books for very young children, Goodnight Moon is now available in Spanish. The Spanish text does not rhyme, but it is simple and lovely.
Children's Literature - Mandy Cruz
The Spanish translation of Good Night Moon is true to the original. All of our fond illustrations of the moon, kittens, mittens, and the little old lady whispering ?hush' are here, just in Spanish. The translation manages to overcome the difficult obstacle of maintaining the mood of the original. The accompanying disc features a reader with a soothing voice compelling the listener to settle into bed. Her voice is loving enough to take over when the inevitable request to read it again is made. Easily a favorite that will settle in on the book shelf next to the English version, that is when it is not in the hands of a young reader/listener. Tuck your child in and ask if they want to say good night to the moon or la luna. Either way they will drift off into dreamland before you know it with visions of the cow jumping over the moon. Reviewer: Mandy Cruz
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060262143
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/28/2006
  • Language: Spanish
  • Edition description: Spanish-language Edition
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 168,125
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.00 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.37 (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.

Clement Hurd (1908–1988) is best known for illustrating Goodnight Moon and The Runaway Bunny, the classic picture books by Margaret Wise Brown. He studied painting in Paris with Fernand Léger and others in the early 1930s. After his return to the United States in 1935, he began to work in children's books. He illustrated more than one hundred books, many of them with his wife, Edith Thacher Hurd, including the Johnny Lion books, The Day the Sun Danced, and The Merry Chase. A native of New York City, he lived most of his life in Vermont and California.

Clement Hurd (1908–1988) se graduó de Yale University. Estudió pintura en París en los años 1930 con Fernand Léger, entre otros. Allí fue donde desarrolló su estilo característico, compuesto de colores de fuerte contraste. Hurd estuvo casado con la escritora Edith Thacher Hurd, con quien también creó muchos libros que se convirtieron en favoritos de los niños.

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

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 11, 2005

    Perfect for the bilingual

    We love the original version of Goodnight Moon, and when we found the Spanish version we were over the top with happiness. Several copies have gone out to our Latin America colleagues with 'new family additions.'

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  • Posted December 19, 2011

    Highly recommend

    This classic tale is wonderful to have in Spanish. We are planning for our new baby in the family to be bilingual.

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