Goodnight Moon (Board Book and Bunny)

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Millions of children have been lulled to sleep by this classic bedtime tale. Now paired with a cuddly plush bunny, it is the perfect way to say "goodnight."

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Overview

Millions of children have been lulled to sleep by this classic bedtime tale. Now paired with a cuddly plush bunny, it is the perfect way to say "goodnight."

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Editorial Reviews

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.
Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
After fifty years, this story is still going strong and it's now available in a board book edition. It is a soothing bedtime story that parents can now read to their very young ones. All of the elements are there, alternating black and white and full color spreads and the little mouse who appears in each colorful scene.
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In a great green room, tucked away in bed, a little bunny says goodnight to all the familiar things. The quiet poetry of the words and the gentle, lulling illustrations combine to make a perfect book for the end of the day.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060760274
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/18/2005
  • Edition description: BOOK & TOY
  • Pages: 34
  • Age range: Up to 2 years
  • Product dimensions: 6.78 (w) x 7.96 (h) x 3.08 (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 September 18, 2008

    Amazing book

    I got this book at the library because my 2.5yr old son Loves the moon. I am now having to purchase this book. Even though I had to return the book to the library, I have to 'read' it to him or he will not go to sleep. It is simple enough that he 'reads' along with me. 'He memorized it almost immediately' Luckily I have a good memory and can tell it to him while I wait for the one I ordered to get here. I highly recommend this book to ANYONE with small children.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 12, 2010

    Great Book!

    Goodnight Moon is one of those classic books that every child should know. It is a great bedtime story, and the little bunny included in this gift set makes the story all the more real for the sleepy kid. The illustrations are also clear and fun, and can be a great learning tool for association not only in the book, but also around the room, saying "goodnight" to other objects. I like the idea of reading cardboard books to toddlers, since they have a tendency to chew on everything, so you know that you copy, like this story, will prevail though the years.

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  • Posted February 20, 2010

    Book and Bunny

    This is a wonderful book for bedtime. Scene recognition, name to object association and a cute fuzzy bunny make fun for the very young and the eager learner both.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 26, 2009

    Second Generation - Reading

    This book was a gift for my newest great-grandson.

    His grandmother, (my daughter-in-law) mentioned how much she looked forward to reading this book to her grandchild, just as she read it to his father.

    This will be the second generation in our family, to enjoy "Goodnight Moon."

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  • Posted January 25, 2013

    Very nice

    Perfect for a little reader!

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  • Posted April 17, 2010

    A great bedtime story

    This is a darling books for preschool age children.

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