Goodnight Moon (Board Book)

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In a great green room, tucked away in bed, is a little bunny. "Goodnight room, goodnight moon." And to all the familiar things in the softly lit room—to the picture of the three little bears sitting in chairs, to the clocks and his socks, to the mittens and the kittens, to everything one by one—he says goodnight.

In this classic of modern children's literature, beloved by generations of readers and listeners, the quiet poetry of the words and the gentle, lulling illustrations ...

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Overview

In a great green room, tucked away in bed, is a little bunny. "Goodnight room, goodnight moon." And to all the familiar things in the softly lit room—to the picture of the three little bears sitting in chairs, to the clocks and his socks, to the mittens and the kittens, to everything one by one—he says goodnight.

In this classic of modern children's literature, beloved by generations of readers and listeners, the quiet poetry of the words and the gentle, lulling illustrations combine to make a perfect book for the end of the day.

Goodnight to each of the objects in the great green room: goodnight chairs, goodnight comb, goodnight air.

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Editorial Reviews

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"In the great green room..." The first few words of this beloved 1947 classic are enough to start many adults reciting the rest. The story is simple: A rabbit is going to bed, and after taking stock of every item in his room, he says goodnight to each, one at a time. Brown's soothing text is complimented by Hurd's vibrant illustrations. Can you find the mouse in every colored picture?
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. 5" x 5.87". B&W & color illus. Ages 2-6
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780694003617
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 8/28/1991
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 34
  • Sales rank: 413
  • Age range: Up to 2 years
  • Product dimensions: 5.95 (w) x 5.00 (h) x 0.65 (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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  • 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.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 16, 2008

    Worst Children's Book I've Ever Read

    All I've heard is rave reviews for this book so I borrowed a copy from my library. Perhaps it is just that I have no nostalgic attachment to this book, but I found it to be uninteresting and my 2-year-old daughter agreed. The pictures did not engage her whatsoever and the text is a yawn. Perhaps I just don't get it, but for my money, this will never be in my children's collection.

    2 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 19, 2010

    good book-but its a hard read

    i really enjoyed this book but it took a few months to finish and understand. good pictures, to many words. If the author could edit something it would be the word size. Also, the font was too small. I am 13 years old and have a hard time reading. maybe the that's why the girl of my dreams doesn't dig me. thanks for your time it must have taken a while.

    1 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 31, 2010

    One of my Favorites

    Goodnight Moon has been one of my favorite books for as long as I can remember. Its simplicity is what makes it so fascinating. It's perfect for first time readers, and one of the best bedtime stories of all time. I got this book at my baby shower and I love reading it to my son. He loves looking at book and words and this book is perfect to cuddle up with right before bed. Everything these days has to be big and spectacular. I really like the simplicity of this book and the soft, warm colors that are perfect for a bedtime book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 2, 2010

    A classic

    Every parent and child loves Goodnight Moon, it's an absolute classic!

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  • Posted March 12, 2010

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    Who Doesn't Have This Book?

    It's hard to imagine anyone who's not familiar with Goodnight Moon. Simply a classic, because of it's simple and repeatable message. Baby gets to say goodnight to a myriad of things on the way to slumber. Get it for your home library.

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  • Posted November 15, 2009

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    A true classic

    This is a classic must have for all kid's book collections. An excellent bedtime read.

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  • Posted October 27, 2009

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    Who Doesn't Love This One

    It is perfect. Sweet, simple, easy to read, perfect length for bedtime. My children love finding the mouse on all the pages. It is a wonderful part of our nightly routine.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 26, 2009

    Find the Mouse

    This was one of my daughter's favorites. Finding the mouse on each page is the best part.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 17, 2009

    My daughter's Favorite

    We got this as a present a month after my daughter was born. It was actually a gift to my mom as part of her 50th birthday present so she could read it to her first granddaughter. We have been reading it to her since then. She is 9 months now, and gets very very excited even if I mention one line from the book. I've memorized it after reading it so many times. It has actually become a security blanket for her. When she sees it or hears the words, she always smiles and laughs. She will always pick it out of the line of about 10 books we have for her. Hope everyone enjoys it as much as we do.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 14, 2008

    I Also Recommend:

    Classic Bedtime Story

    Margaret Brown probably never expected this charming little book to have such a following over the years, but it's a classic bedtime story in all the best ways. Simple, yet powerful images and bold colors keep this book as one of my favorites (and my sons like it too!).

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 8, 2006

    A Great Book

    Every child should have this book and every parent should read it to them at bedtime.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 25, 2013

    A book children will remember

    There are two small boys in our church and we gave each one of them our favorite children's book., "Goodnight Moon". Their mothers were very happy to get the surprise gifts and are using them at bedtime.

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  • Posted November 9, 2012

    We love this book in our house, mainly for the words - I have to

    We love this book in our house, mainly for the words - I have to admit that the pictures freak me out a little (the old lady whispering hush, mainly). It's a lulling lullaby of a book, and we have fun finding the tiny mouse on each spread.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 16, 2012

    I Also Recommend:

    The Best Bedtime Book Ever

    It's bedtime for a little bunny, and one-by-one, he says goodnight to everything in his room. The illustrations are a marvel, and if you look closely you can see the little mouse in every picture. Goodnight Moon is a classic that almost every parent has read to his or her child at some time in their life. For good reason. It is a magical picture book that will entrance the little ones for years to come.

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  • Posted January 23, 2011

    oh my gosh!!!I loved this book when I was two!!

    This is a MUST HAVE for any child, I would have my parents read it to me before I went to bed almost every night. I missed the book so much, and I'm almost 16! your children will love this book, it is so much fun.

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  • Posted April 30, 2010

    Appropriate bedtime book

    Good book for setting the tone for bedtime

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 19, 2010

    Best childrens book ever!

    My children loved this book at bedtime reading. Time now to pass to the next generation!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 11, 2010

    Great Classic for Toddlers

    My 3 yr old loves goodnight moon and knows it by heart. The pages are colorful and engaging. I remember this book from my childhood and know my son will remember it as well. I think every child should have this book on their bookshelf.

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  • Posted February 23, 2010

    Perfect Night Time Classic!

    My 18 month old daughter just learned to say "night." So I immediately added this to out night time routine.

    She loves to say "night" to all the pages! It is great classic!

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