The Important Book (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)

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The important thing about The Important Book — is that you let your child tell you what is important about the sun and the moon and the wind and the rain and a bug and a bee and a chair and a table and a pencil and a bear and a rainbow and a cat (if he wants to). For the important thing about The Important Book is that the book goes on long after it is closed.What is most important about many familiar things — like rain and wind, apples and daisies — is suggested in rhythmic words and vivid pictures. 'A perfect ...

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Overview

The important thing about The Important Book — is that you let your child tell you what is important about the sun and the moon and the wind and the rain and a bug and a bee and a chair and a table and a pencil and a bear and a rainbow and a cat (if he wants to). For the important thing about The Important Book is that the book goes on long after it is closed.What is most important about many familiar things — like rain and wind, apples and daisies — is suggested in rhythmic words and vivid pictures. 'A perfect book . . . the text establishes a word game which tiny children will accept with glee.' — K.

From the author of Goodnight Moon and The Runaway Bunny comes a book that points out the important things about everyday objects and what makes them special. "A perfect book . . . the text establishes a word game which tiny children will accept with glee."--Kirkus Reviews. Full-color and black-and-white illustrations.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780833549945
  • Publisher: Sanval, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/28/1990
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Edition description: THIS EDITION IS INTENDED FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY
  • Pages: 24
  • Sales rank: 898,273
  • Age range: 4 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 9.80 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Margaret Wise Brown transformed the landscape of children's literature with such beloved classics as Goodnight Moon and The Runaway Bunny. Other perennial favorites are Big Red Barn, Christmas in the Barn, and The Noisy Book. Her "here and now" style has been an enormous influence on writers for the past half century.

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.

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 July 28, 2011

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    Lyrical text that you are happy to read over and over again-a bonus for parents

    The important thing about this book is
    that it is lyrical.
    It is fun to read,
    and it has lovely pictures,
    and mistakes the obvious for the important,
    and you can use it to teach children to write,
    and describe things for themselves.
    But the important thing about this book is that it is lyrical.

    (Review first published on my blog, Caterpickles: Scientific & Linguistic Engagement with a 4 Year Old Mind)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 24, 2010

    The Important Thing

    This book is a wonderful book for classrooms. The stroy is simple but, the repetition of "The important thing about..." really captured my students. I used this book with first graders but, it could easily be used as an introduction to recreation for many age levels. It lends itself well to many subjects and allows for recreation across a wide aray of subject areas. My students loved the book. I used it to teach elaboration and the lesson was fabulous. We even made a digital book modeled after this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 21, 2009

    great

    This book was really good. I liked it because it was fun to see why the author thought everything was important. I especially liked it because our teacher had us write our own important book.

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  • Posted June 6, 2009

    The Important Book

    Excellent book and service.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 26, 2006

    This is an Important Book!

    This book can be used as a wonderful literary writing exercise for any age child. After reading it to the class ask them to write, 'The important thing about (insert child's name here)is that...' and add some details about themselves. You could also write about the town that you live in. It lends itself to almost anything you would like your students to write about. We did this in a Univ. Children's Lit. class. I bought the book to use and also read it to my kids at home. The one who liked it the most was my 16 yr. old. Buy this book, it's important.

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