My World

My World

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by Margaret Wise Brown, Clement Hurd

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Two years after the debut of Goodnight Moon, Margaret Wise Brown and Clement Hurd collaborated once again, creating this perfect companion to everyone's favorite bedtime story.

Now you can revisit that beloved world of a little bunny and his family. Together, gentle illustrations and poetic words capture the excitement of a young child exploring new


Two years after the debut of Goodnight Moon, Margaret Wise Brown and Clement Hurd collaborated once again, creating this perfect companion to everyone's favorite bedtime story.

Now you can revisit that beloved world of a little bunny and his family. Together, gentle illustrations and poetic words capture the excitement of a young child exploring new boundaries, as the bunny greets all the familiar things in "Your world. My world."

From one of the most popular author-illustrator teams in children's literature, this is a timeless picture book in which good morning is as reassuring and enchanting as goodnight.

Editorial Reviews review
The Barnes & Noble Review
From the author-illustrator team of Margaret Wise Brown and Clement Hurd comes the companion to the bestselling picture book Goodnight Moon. First published in 1947, Goodnight Moon became a favorite with parents and children -- the quintessential bedtime story. Two years later, Brown and Hurd collaborated again on My World. Adopting the same simple style and graceful poetry, My World continues with a small bunny's view of the world.

After saying goodnight to all his familiar things, bunny gets his first glimpse into the world around him. Snug in his rocking chair, he observes his family and their things. From Mother's chair to Daddy's pajamas, he takes in all the magnificence of the familiar objects in his world. Bunny goes fishing, works on his toy car, and brushes his teeth, all with a sense of wide-eyed wonder. Brown uses simple text and easy rhymes, perfect for young readers. Writing with a true understanding of a child's mind, Brown focuses on everyday things with which all children will identify.

Hurd's illustrations are in both color and black-and-white and are sure to captivate the imagination of youngsters. Beautiful tones and flowing lines match the simplicity of the story. And whimsical touches, such as the family's nighttime attire of boldly hued robes, add to the fun.

A wonderful read and a perfect companion to Goodnight Moon, this spectacular picture book is sure to be another instant classic. (Amy Barkat)

Publishers Weekly
Originally published in 1949 (two years after Goodnight Moon) and out of print for more than 30 years, this melodic companion narrated by the endearing rabbit child introduces those elements of his life that he holds most dear. Brown's minimal text has a dreamlike, impressionistic quality reminiscent of her earlier book, yet the narrative adheres to a child's sense of logic as the bunny strings together the items and activities that fill his day. He defines his world in terms of his parents: "Daddy's boy./ Mother's boy./ My boy is just a toy/ Bear." In alternating spreads, Hurd portrays simple, black-and-white images of items or pastimes (the child's toothbrush hanging on a hook next to his father's; father and son fishing together) and full-color scenarios (recolored by Clement's son Thacher) spawned by those images (the boy brushes his teeth as one parent soaks in the tub and the other primps in front of a mirror; the family gathers around the table to dine on freshly caught fish). The final color spread underscores the volume's universality, as well as the little rabbit's contentment: swinging from a tree branch as his parents sit nearby on the porch, he announces: "Your world./ My world./ I can swing/ Right over the world." The volume's words and pictures stretch the boundaries of its time-honored predecessor, affirming that there is, indeed, a warm and welcoming world beyond the great green room. Ages 1-4. (Sept.) Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature
Following Good Night Moon and The Runaway Bunny, this story has also become a classic in children's literature. Designed after their other two hits, this popular author-illustrator team captures little bunny and his family exploring everyday living. The simplicity of the text along with the familiarity of little bunny and his family make this an easy book to add to your existing collection. Children will be delighted to see little bunny again and explore his world. 2001, HarperCollins, $ 15.95. Ages 1 to 4. Reviewer:Sharon Tolle
Child Magazine
A Child Magazine Best Book of 2001 Pick

Back in print after a long absence, this companion to the classic Goodnight Moon finds everyone's favorite bunny venturing beyond the great green room into the larger world. Brown's playfully lyrical text is set to a familiar visual beat, with black-and-white drawings punctuating full-color vignettes of family life.

Kirkus Reviews
First published in 1949, this looks and reads just like its predecessor Goodnight, Moon, with a series of cozy domestic scenes featuring a bunny family matched to childlike rhymes, some of which-"My dog. / Daddy's dog. / Daddy's dog / Once caught a frog"-is engaging silly talk, more about sound than meaning. Here the young narrator articulates the concepts of "mine," "yours," and "ours," while cataloguing familiar sights and possessions, so this may help children (or adults, for that matter) who don't quite have those distinctions clear yet. One scene showing Father, Mother, and Child sharing the bathroom may explain why the original was allowed to pass out of print, but these days it shouldn't raise any eyebrows.

Product Details

HarperCollins Publishers
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Product dimensions:
8.00(w) x 6.75(h) x 0.37(d)
Age Range:
1 - 4 Years

Meet the Author

Margaret Wise Brown's contribution to children's literature is legendary. Her many popular books, including Goodnight Moon, The Runaway Bunny, Little Fur Family, and The Big Red Barn, continue to delight young listeners and readers year after year.

Clement Hurd, one of the most adored children's book illustrators of our time, is often remembered for his illustrations for Goodnight Moon and The Runaway Bunny, by Margaret Wise Brown. With his wife, the writer Edith Thacher Hurd, he also created many treasured books. Their stories about the engaging Johnny Lion are still among children's favorites.

Brief Biography

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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My World 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
ARNAN More than 1 year ago
My soon-to-be-9-month old daughter and I have fallen in love with Margaret Brown's books. This one is no exception. The bright colors and alternating black and white illustrations capture her attention. The pictures are so full of little details so that there always seems to be something new to discover each time we read it. The rhyming words and simple phrases are a joy to read.... even over and over again!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Highly Recommended, my son loved the colorful illustration and recognized the characters from Goodnight Moon.
StarSD More than 1 year ago
This is a nice companion book to Good Night Moon, but the words and sentences do not flow quite as I expected. It gets better the more you read it out load (and with a typical toddler, you will get plenty of chances), but the first couple of time are a little rough.I would propably tell friends to skip it if they asked.
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LindysWife More than 1 year ago
My son loves this almost as much as Goodnight Moon. It is one of his first picks from his bookshelf. Sometimes during the day I hear him reciting passages from the book and he is only 20 months old. A wondefrul book to read and cuddle with your child.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I cannot say enough good things about this book. The rhyme is brilliant. The story very cleverly tells the going's on in 'my world', which is the world of a young child. The book illustrates the similarity and differences between, Mommy, Daddy and Child. A beautiful story with amazing illustrations. This is a favorite of my two year old daughter and has become a tradition in our house! I keep extra copies on hand as gifts and they are always well received.