Goodnight Moon ABC: An Alphabet Book

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From kittens to stars to yarn, there are so many things that can be found in the great green room. Search for them all as you learn your ABCs.

This comforting alphabet book links words and phrases with familiar images from everyone's favorite bedtime book, Goodnight Moon.

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Overview

From kittens to stars to yarn, there are so many things that can be found in the great green room. Search for them all as you learn your ABCs.

This comforting alphabet book links words and phrases with familiar images from everyone's favorite bedtime book, Goodnight Moon.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Repurposing Hurd's original illustrations, this abecedarian adaptation pairs letters of the alphabet (and corresponding words) with objects and elements from the "great green room," including kittens, paintings, and a red balloon. The myriad objects and Hurd's ever-striking orange and green palette lend themselves well to the ABC format. And in keeping with the nature of the source material, the book concludes, not with a zebra, but with some bedtime zzzzs. Up to 5. (July)
Publishers Weekly
Good Job, Ajay! CharlesbridgeStuart J. Murphyillus. by Tim Jones Illustration , 14.95 (32p) ISBN Helping launch the I See I Learn series, this affirming book from Murphy (the MathStart series) stars Ajay, an anthropomorphized horselike animal, as he struggles with self-confidence. When he can't throw a ball far, his friends reminds him about other obstacles he's overcome, like shyness and learning to swim. The digital cartoon graphics look fresh, while appended questions encourage further reflection on confidence, without feeling heavy-handed. Also available: Emma's Friendwich; Freda Plans a Picnic; and Percy Plays It Safe. Ages 2–5. (July)
Children's Literature - Barbara L. Talcroft
Some alphabet books use the format to present information for readers who already know the alphabet quite well. Here's one for the very young, just learning their letters and sounds, based on a favorite bedtime story (most meaningful, no doubt, to children already familiar with it). Goodnight Moon was first published in 1947, soon became a world best seller, was adapted as a play and several musicals, became an inspiration for songs and animation, and was even parodied for adults. This ABC book was redesigned from the original, details extracted from Hurd's illustrations as examples of words starting with each letter. While Hurd's colors—vibrant orange, emerald green, bright yellow, several blues—remain the same, the format has been enlarged and most of Brown's simple text is gone. The letter Ii, standing for "In the great green room," lets aficionados of the original revisit the cozy bedroom with its nursery fireplace, drying rack for wet socks and mittens, and the aproned bunny knitting in her rocking chair (Qq stands for "Quiet old lady"). Few children of today can know a room like this from a time when there were still nursery nurses, blazing bedroom fires, and no electric dryers; the black telephone seems an anachronism even for then. Somehow, though, many of the very young still find the story comforting and soporific. For those who love the classic book, this alphabet trip will be fun, right through to a "Goodnight noises everywhere," and its inevitable Zz for "Zzzz . . ." Reviewer: Barbara L. Talcroft
School Library Journal
PreS-K—Familiar objects in the classic story are arranged in alphabetical order and accompanied by upper- and lowercase letters in the original style and palette. "Ii In the great green room/Jj Jump over the moon." Letter "X" appears as the crossed arms of a pole dryer that holds pink mittens from clothespins and "Zz Zzzz…" is accompanied by the line "Goodnight noises everywhere." Endpapers show the entire alphabet being investigated by two mice. The book conveys the timeless appeal of the original, and the literacy skill building will appeal to adults.—Gay Lynn Van Vleck, Henrico County Library, Glen Allen, VA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061894848
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 6/22/2010
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 471,480
  • Age range: 4 - 5 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.20 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 0.40 (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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