The Moon Shines Down

The Moon Shines Down

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The Moon Shines Down

by Margaret Wise Brown

Illustrated by Linda Bleck  

Forgotten for decades in a dusty, tucked-away trunk, The Moon Shines Down brings to life once more the unmistakable voice of Margaret Wise Brown. This soon-to-be classic allows a whole new generation of children to discover, cherish, and enjoy the artistry

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The Moon Shines Down

by Margaret Wise Brown

Illustrated by Linda Bleck  

Forgotten for decades in a dusty, tucked-away trunk, The Moon Shines Down brings to life once more the unmistakable voice of Margaret Wise Brown. This soon-to-be classic allows a whole new generation of children to discover, cherish, and enjoy the artistry of this beloved author.

Never before published, The Moon Shines Down on children all over the world from right next door to across the sea, from where "a Dutch boy dreams" and "cowbells ring" to "across the sea in the Far, Far East", through the familiar prayer:

I see the Moon

And the Moon sees me.

God bless the Moon,

And God bless me.

Margaret Wise Brown (1910-1952) was a pioneer of children's literature, choosing to write the stories that children wanted to hear-rather than those that grown-ups wanted to tell. She is best known for her now classic Good Night Moon and Runaway Bunny, which remain among the world's best-selling children's books.

Margaret was a prolific writer, and, at the peak of her career, she had over 100 books in print. Her untimely death left numerous manuscripts and ideas behind in various stages of completion. After a time, these were tucked away in a cedar trunk and largely forgotten. It is from this forgotten trunk that The Moon Shines Down was rescued. 

Illustrator Linda Bleck began her artistic career as a child, drawing on rolls of old blueprint paper supplied by her architect father. Later, she helped her mother, a freelance illustrator for Hallmark, paint in the details of her intricate drawings. Linda's work has appeared in The NewYorker, Time Magazine, and the Wall Street Journal. She is also the writer and illustrator of the "Pepper the Dog" series, which won the National Parenting Publication Award.

Linda and her family now live in southern Wisconsin . . . where the moon shines down on them, one and all.

The Story Behind the Lost Manuscript . . . 

The Moon Shines Down

from MARGARET WISE BROWN,

the Author of Goodnight Moon

The Moon Shines Down is being published for the first time 56 years after the death of the beloved children's author Margaret Wise Brown.

Amazingly, this unpublished manuscript lay incomplete and forgotten in a cedar trunk in a Vermont barn. When it was discovered, the onionskin paper had yellowed and the paperclips that held the pages together had rusted. Children's book publisher, Laura Minchew, a longtime fan of Brown, took on the challenge to complete the work.

Based on the New England Sampler prayer, "God Bless the Moon and God Bless Me," this soon-to-be bedtime classic is a prayer for God's blessing on all the world's children.

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Publishers Weekly

"Completed" by Thomas Nelson publisher Laura Minchew, this unfinished manuscript by the author of Goodnight Moon takes as its inspiration the nursery rhyme/child's prayer "I See the Moon." The result lacks the clean simplicity of image and rhythm of Brown's best work. Unexceptionalverses describe how the moon shines on different countries and children ("I see the Moon and the Moon sees me,/ And the Moon sees the Dutch boy/ Far over the sea") and how God blesses them all ("[And God bless] the little French children-oui, oui, oui, oui!"). A couple of verses about Christmas and the Christ Child, meanwhile, don't fit the context of a world tour. Bleck's playful paintings are a literal bright spot, with nearly every scene featuring a yellow full moon amid a purple-blue nighttime sky. She casts a koala bear as the narrator (which creates some continuity problems when the text touches down in Australia, but is otherwise fun). Happy children and sometimes smiling animals cavort around iconic symbols of the visited countries-windmills, Eiffel Tower, thatch roof cottage-lending a peaceful mood to the proceedings. Ages 3-8. (Nov.)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781418578114
Publisher:
Nelson, Thomas, Inc.
Publication date:
11/02/2008
Sold by:
THOMAS NELSON
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
48
Sales rank:
1,135,525
File size:
2 MB
Age Range:
3 - 8 Years

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THE MOON SHINES DOWN



By Margaret Wise Brown Laura Minchew
Thomas Nelson
Copyright © 2008

Roberta Rauch (estate of Margaret Wise Brown)
All right reserved.



ISBN: 978-1-4003-1299-3



Chapter One The Moon shines down and sheds its beams On a house with a stork where a Dutch boy dreams Of tulip fields by quiet streams In his flat Dutch Land of cheese and creams.

I see the Moon and the Moon sees me, And the Moon sees the Dutch boy Far over the sea. When the tulips bloom by the Zuider Zee, O God bless him and God bless me.

In Switzerland Where the cowbells ring, The Moon shines down And the Nightingales sing. The mountains rise Into moonlit skies, And the children dream of edelweiss.

I see the Moon and the Moon sees me That shone last night on the Swiss Country. O God bless the Moon And God bless me, And the children asleep In the Swiss Country.

Across the sea in the Far, Far East, The sun comes up as we go to sleep. Many languages these children speak- Japanese, Korean, and Chinese, Mandarin, Laotian, and Vietnamese.

God bless the Moon And God bless me, And God bless the children In the Far, Far East.

The Moon shines down on Mexico Where Iguanas creep Steady and slow, The Toucan sleeps in her nest, And children lay their heads to rest, Thanking God that they are blessed.

I see the Moon And the Moon sees me, And the Moon sees the kids in Mexico. God bless the Moon And God bless me, And God bless the Toucan with her funny nose.

Then the Moon shines down On the Fields of France, Where the little French children Are jumping in a dance- Hop, skip, jump, and one, two, three. Little French children-oui, oui, oui, oui!

I see the Moon And the Moon sees me, And the little French children Far over the sea. God bless the Moon And God bless me, And the little French children-oui, oui, oui, oui!

The Moon shines down on the Outback Wild. Too much to see for this sleepy child, With a Joey snuggled in a Kangaroo pouch And a Wallaby in the brambles ... ouch!

God bless the Moon And God bless me. God bless the Koala in the eucalyptus tree, And the Platypus, And the tall Emu, And the Australian kids with their backyard zoo.

When the moonlight shines On an English Wood, Where two little boys sleep as they should- Sound asleep while the Crickets peep And the Fireflies flicker beyond their sleep.

I see the Moon and the Moon sees me, And the English boys sleeping close to the sea. God bless the Moon And God bless me, And the English boys sleeping Close to the sea.

In Africa where the Lion roars, The Elephant stomps, The Warthog snores, The Moon shines down, The warm breeze blows And tickles the sleeping one's little nose.

I see the Moon and the Moon sees me, And the Moon sees the children In Zimbabwe And all over Africa, In fields and plains, Children dance in summer rains.

The Moon shines bright On this Christmas night. A Caroler sings By candlelight. In my neighborhood, The children dream Of puppies, peppermints, and pretty things, On this Holy Night When all is right.

I see the Moon And the Moon sees me, And the Moon sees the Christ Child, Heaven's Baby. God bless the Moon And God bless me, (And God bless Christmas!) And God bless the children In my own country.

The Moon shines over the Ocean Deep, Where all the Fishes have gone to sleep. God bless the fish and the things that creep On the ocean floor In the Ocean Deep.

So God bless the Moon And God bless me, And God bless the creatures In the Big Blue Sea.

I see the Moon and the Moon sees me, And all the children in every country- In Australia, Norway, and Italy, Africa, Japan, and Germany.

I see the Moon And the Moon sees me. God bless the Moon And God bless me.

(Continues...)




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