"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.)Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
The Moon Shines Downby Margaret Wise Brown, Linda Bleck
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Fixed Layout Edition of 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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THE MOON SHINES DOWN
By Margaret Wise Brown Laura Minchew
Copyright © 2008
Roberta Rauch (estate of Margaret Wise Brown)
All right reserved.
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.
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Meet the Author
Margaret Wise Brown (1910-1952) wrote hundreds of children's books, poems, and stories during her life. At the peak of her career, she had over 100 books in print. She is best known for Goodnight Moon and Runaway Bunny, which are still among the world's bestselling children's books.
- Date of Birth:
- May 23, 1910
- Date of Death:
- November 13, 1952
- Place of Birth:
- Brooklyn, N.Y.
- Place of Death:
- Nice, France
- B.A., Hollins College, 1932; Bank Street College of Education
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I am very excited to be adding The Moon Shines Down to our family library. By the author of Goodnight Moon, this manuscript lay hidden in a Vermont attic until its recent discovery and subsequent publishing.
The Moon Shines Down tells, in rhyme form, of little boys and girls around the world, and asks God¿s blessing on them and on the reader. I found this book particularly endearing since I have a great love for foreign cultures and want my children to grow to love such cultures as well. It will be perfect to read with my toddler as a first introduction to children in other countries.
I like the large format of The Moon Shines Down, which gives plenty of room for the colorful and endearing illustrations of things like the Dutch boy in the land of cheese and cream, the children asleep in the Swiss Alps, the Chinese countryside, a French country village, kangaroos in Australia, or the plains of Africa.
Towards the end, the book returns to ¿our own country¿, at Christmastime, with scenes of New York-type brownstones, and a New England village decked for the holidays, asking once again that God would bless the children in every country, bless the moon, and bless me.
Honestly, this is probably one of the best children's books I have ever had the privilege to read. It has a wonderful rhythm that is reminiscent of her most well known and loved book "Goodnight Moon". But this book is so much more than that. This story has longer stanzas per page and is perfect for a read-to or a learning-to-read story. It is short enough for nap or bedtime, and long enough to be a one book night and to cause conversations and questions. The moon shines down on all the world, and this book is an educational tool to teach about the people and some animals around all the world.
For me this book is an absolute winner and I am so grateful that it was found and plan that my entire family should have a copy of their own.
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She pads in slowly and ask if she can join
An all white female cat with a silver glint in her fur and twilight purple eyes pads in and over to Silverbird "I will be willing to serve this clan with my life, and if you will alow I will be your medicine cat as well" with a bow.
*A black tom with green eyes walks in. "May I join?"
A young Tom pads in. "May I join?"
A dark gray tabby with green eyes. I was not a old member of this clan but will serve it with pleasure. I would like to be the deputy and if no one wants leader soon l will take that position if thats okay.
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I think this is the perfect book to read to a child. My 6 month old daughter loves it. It's an easy read with bright colorful pictures. I first found this book while I was at work (I'm a childrens home care nurse). I had to search to find out the title. My only disappointment is that it's not available in the stores and only in one size. Everyone is familiar with Goodnight Moon, but this treasure is hidden in a warehouse.
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The Moon Shines down by Margaret Wise From the author of the hugely popular Goodnight Moon. This is sure to be a classic snf just as popular, the main character is cute and instantly loveable. You find yourself looking for him on every page just to see what he is up to. This previously lost Manuscript will delight readers of all ages and based on the New England Prayer "God bless the moon and god bless me". Follow along with the cutest Koala ever drawn as he travels the world spreading his love. He is showing everyone is the same underneath and just as loved by God. This easy to read book will inspire children all over the world to want to follow along and then read the book themselves. The Illustrations by Linda Bleck are charming, capturing the spirit of the written word and expressing them in visual splendor. Each pciture illustrates what country the Koala is in without even needing to read the words, which makes this great for those children that can not yet read. The Illustrations are colorful and full of life. Readers everywhere will smile over seeing the litte joey kangaroo hplding his tail due to the brambles, with mother kangaroo looking on with a comforting look. The Lizards, toucans, lions and elephants will have children asking to see the pictures again as they each have their own personality shine through. Personally I found the story compelling and wanting me to continue on to find where the Koala would travel next and which part of that country would be commented on. The story is heart warming and very reassuring to all those that believe that god loves everyone no matter where or who they are. The fact that this book sat around for 50 plus years in a trunk unseen is amaxing by the fact it was still in tact. It is only now being published makes it that much more special. To me it feels like a true gift from the author to her fans even though she is no longer with us. After reading this book several times I can hear myself reciting the lines of the book in my head, they do rhyme. Some are funny or sill and others are just words of love expressed in many ways. But each page expresses the love the author obviously feels for the children and the world in general. If I had to choose any one picture book for this year, I would choose to add this one to my collection so I can enjoy it for many years to come. It is a great gift for a young child who enjoys enthralling pictures, written words they can recite and a story that will help them sleep. To buy this book for a child in your life would be showing that child you love them. This is one book I would love to have each page framed and put up on my wall, the combinations of Brown and Bleck is a perfect mesh.
Is "The Moon Shines Down" really going to join the realm of "Good Night Moon" and "Runaway Bunny?" This is a book pulled from the vaults of Margaret Wise Brown. I absolutely adore two of Margaret Wise Brown's more classic books ("Good Night Moon" and "A Child's Goodnight Book") so I was intrigued with this newly discovered book. When I first flipped through the book I was taken in by the vibrant cheerful illustrations. Linda Bleck did a fabulous job of illustrating this book. Although the illustrations lack the same simplicity and elegance found in my other two Margaret Wise Brown classics I appreciated the bright colours and variety of perspectives shown as the book takes you around the world. I had fun scouting out the koala bear that is found on each page spread through out the book. I think kids really enjoy those extra touches.
When it came to the actual story in the book I must say I was a bit torn. I love the classic rhyme that is found in Margaret Wise Brown's book but this one seem to lack the same simple magic. I read it through a few times and found that at certain points in the book the rhyme falls apart. I found that some parts were beautifully written and then other verses just didn't seem to blend. For example one line reads "And the Moon sees the kids in Mexico" and it's rhyming partner reads "And God bless the Toucan with her funny nose." The original book was not complete for publication so additional verses were added by Laura Minchew. Unfortunately I think Brown's voice is lost in some of those verses. The language in some places is too modern or forced into rhyme.
The rhyming scheme aside, the message of the book still holds onto the magic and simple wonder found in Margaret Wise Brown's other works. I love the idea that the book presents that the moon shines on everyone all around the world. It brings a message of unity among all nations. We are all found under the same moon and God blesses us no matter where our heads lay down to sleep. This may very well become another book to add to our bedtime repetoire. What little child would not like a trip around the world before drifting off to the land of their dreams?
The Moon Shines Down
by Margaret Wise Brown, illustrated by Linda Bleck
Thomas Nelson, 2008
Margaret Wise Brown, beloved author of Goodnight Moon, passed away 56 years ago ¿ but not before she began writing a charming new story. The unpublished manuscript for The Moon Shines Down was found in an old trunk and completed by talented children's book publisher, Laura Minchew. Now this wonderful book is available to add to your collection and is sure to be a hit!
The Moon Shines Down is based on the New England sampler prayer, ¿God Bless the Moon and God Bless Me,¿ which makes it even more of a special bedtime read for me and my daughter. The words are soothing and poetical and the whimsical paintings draw you in ¿ I felt compelled to take in every detail and enjoy the atmosphere of each picture.
Upon opening The Moon Shines Down to the first page, I was greeted by a spotted cow happily munching on a red tulip in the moonlight. We can peer into a window, lace curtains brushed aside by the breeze, and spy a blond little boy peacefully sleeping in his bed, a half smile on his face. The scene is adorable, and so are the scenes that follow!
Where the cowbells ring,
The Moon shines down
And the Nightingales sing.
The mountains rise
Into moonlit skies,
And the children dream of edelweiss.
We continue along to visit children in the Swiss Country, the Far, Far East, Mexico, France, Australia, England, and all over the world, being reminded that the moon shines down on them as well as us, and even in the ocean deep.
This timeless children¿s story will definitely be a favorite in our family! Who wouldn¿t want to gently drift to sleep to these soothing words:
I see the Moon
And the Moon sees me.
God bless the Moon.
And God bless me.
My first impressions of this book were how beautiful it is. I love the bold colors and the bright yellow moon that appears each of the pages. I wasn't the first to read it though. I live in a house full of book lovers and as soon as I had opened it, glanced through it and then set it down, it was swept up by Aspen (8) who gathered Cedar (5) and Olive (4) around and started reading it to them. She was halfway through before I had finished going through the mail. So my first experience with this book was as a listener. Aspen struggled a little at first with the rhythm of the book, as did I the first time I read it. The second reading was smooth though. The story starts with a little Dutch boy sleeping "In his flat Dutch Land of cheese and creams." You then travel with the cute little koala bear around the world visiting Switzerland (beautiful Alps pictures.) The "Far, Far East," Mexico, France, Australia, England, Africa, "my neighborhood" at Christmas and the Ocean Deep. It ends with the koala asleep in his tree dreaming of all of the places that he has just "visited."
The book is a story "prayer" with a slight Christmas theme to it. I like the book. It is long enough and has enough depth to be instructive if I wanted to take it and turn it into a geography lesson, yet it's short enough and captivating enough to be a part of the bedtime routine. The story of how the book came about, found in a forgotten trunk of the late Margaret Wise Brown (of Goodnight Moon fame) is fun also. My personal thanks and applause go out to the illustrator, Linda Bleck (of The Pepper Dog fame.) I love the illustrations. I am in no way an artist and I can't comment on her technique or any other aspects of her work, but I know that she has made this book beautiful. Each page is bright and engaging, something that must be a bit hard since the story takes place at night.
Today, I read my children ¿The moon shines down¿. My boys are 7 and 2. They were fascinated by it. The illustrations are colorful and fit the story perfectly. They had fun looking for the Koala on every page. There are a variety of animals for kids to look at. Some they had never heard of, and so we went online to look them up. As a mother, I appreciated the diversity of the children, and the different countries that are portrayed in the story.
When my kids were younger, we used to read them books such as "Goodnight Moon" and "Runaway Bunny" by Margaret Wise Brown. There was something special about those stories. Their charm was in their simplicity and Ms. Brown¿s ability to say so much with so few words. We¿d read them so often that pretty soon we¿d have the entire book memorized. No matter how many times we read them, our girls never got tired of them.
Fans of Ms. Brown¿s work will be thrilled to learn that over fifty years after her untimely death, a once lost manuscript has now been published. "The Moon Shines Down" is based on the New England sampler prayer ¿God Bless the Moon and God Bless Me¿ and evokes memories of her earlier works. Reading the book for the first time, I was reminded of the many times that I had read her other books to my children. The cadence of the rhymes brought back memories similar to reuniting with a long lost friend.
Adding to the story¿s charm are the wonderful illustrations by Linda Bleck. Like previous illustrators of Ms. Brown¿s books (especially Clement Hurd, who illustrated both "Goodnight Moon" and "Runaway Bunny"), Ms. Bleck weaves into her illustrations numerous elements from the story which add to the impact of the text. The illustrations are bold and use bright colors which are sure to be of tremendous appeal to younger readers.
Any parent who either grew up with or has had children grow up with Ms. Brown¿s books will be sure to be charmed by "The Moon Shines Down". I am sure that it will soon be seen on bookshelves everywhere perched right next to her other classic bedtime stories.
Margaret Wise Brown is resurrected as a master children¿s story-teller, this time with the help of her fans. A prolific writer and founder of the ¿here and now¿ style in the early twentieth century, Brown¿s classics feature children and animals in soft, cuddly tales with strong rhythms, begging to be read aloud. The Moon Shines Down joins a host of a dozen or so ¿found¿ partial manuscripts that have been finished and illustrated with the same 1940s feel. Fellow Wisconsinite Linda Bleck does a credible job matching the artistic style of Goodnight Moon with this new story.
The Moon Shines Down is a journey around the world in a bedtime prayer whose refrain ¿O God bless the moon and God bless me¿ is sweet thought upon which to send a little loved one to sleep. A few native words such as the French say oui, oui, oui and some other uncommon words representing places and animals in other countries might cause a bit of stumbling the first few times through, but the general rhythm holds true to Brown¿s work. Laura Minchew, the manuscript editor and finisher, did a fine job representing Brown. Mostly familiar countries and cultures were chosen to represent the ¿world¿: some probable modern additions include Laotian and Vietnamese to rhyme with Chinese. A mixture including the language group ¿Mandarin¿ with other national country names, and calling Africa a country in a list with Norway and Italy and Germany might confuse new learners or annoy the geographically literate.
Having grown up in the shadow of Western Printing and Little Golden Books, I¿m delighted to have new Brown stories to savor.