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Poems for children by Margaret Wise Brown.

Author Biography: 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.

Twenty-five poems, about insects, fish, animals, birds, and the seasons.

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Overview

Poems for children by Margaret Wise Brown.

Author Biography: 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.

Twenty-five poems, about insects, fish, animals, birds, and the seasons.

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Publishers Weekly
Wendell Minor reinvigorates the text of Nibble, Nibble, a Margaret Wise Brown picture book first published in 1959. Minor nicely balances realistic paintings of rabbits, mice and birds with a hint of personality-intelligence in the eyes, or two rabbits nose to nose (for "Softly now beats the beat of my heart/ All for the love of you")-for this handful of poems that range from tender to comical ("Hop Skip Jump/ A rabbit won't fight./ Hop Skip Jump/ A rabbit won't bite"). Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature - Heidi Hauser Green
Nearly fifty years after their publication with illustrations by Leonard Weisgard, five of Margaret Wise Brown's most charming bunny-centric poems have been re-released in a vivid new arrangement accompanied by paintings from woodland artist Wendell Minor. What a difference this lush, full-color presentation makes! Rabbits practically leap from the printed page—which is not to say that Minor's talent is limited to illustrations of rabbits. The birds, mice, bugs, and even fish are equally enthralling in this lovely book. Wendell Minor has made the most of every inch of space between the book's covers, including the end-papers. Young readers will enjoy the quiet repetition of the poems and appreciate the focus on those aspects of nature which capture their attention and inspire a sense of wonder. Parents will take pleasure in sharing these classic poems from their own youth. Everyone is sure to have a "favorite" bunny.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1
Large, almost tactile paintings of birds, butterflies, and bunnies combine well with the flow of Brown's charming poems, originally published in 1959. "Here comes a bunny/The first to stray/Out of April/And into May" is the first verse of "Song of Summer." Spring flowers, a loving mother and baby mouse, and a young fox and curious rabbit eyeing each other across the pages are some of the vignettes that grace this appealing book. A variety of sizes of paintings, ranging from a single animal on a crisp, white background to full-color, double-spread scenes, accents the verses. Onomatopoeic and motion words are reflected in the pictures with their ground-level perspective. These five beautifully and newly illustrated poems will enchant another generation of children.
—Maryann H. OwenCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060279974
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/28/1998
  • Series: Young Scott Bks.
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 64
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.54 (w) x 11.08 (h) x 0.42 (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.

Wendell Minor has illustrated numerous award-winning picture books, including Sierra by Diane Siebert, Reaching for the Moon by Buzz Aldrin, and America the Beautiful, based on the poem by Katharine Lee Bates. Mr. Minor's art has been exhibited at the Art Institute of Chicago and the Norman Rockwell Museum, among other prestigious institutions. He lives in rural Connecticut with his wife and their two cats, Cindercat and Sofie.

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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Little Donkey Close Your Eyes

Little Donkey on the hill
Standing there so very still
Making faces at the skies
Little Donkey close your eyes.

Little Monkey in the tree
Swinging there so merrily
Throwing cocoanuts at the skies
Little Monkey close your eyes.

Silly Sheep that slowly crop
Night has come and you must sop
Chewing grass beneath the skies
Silly Sheep now close your eyes.

Little Pig that squeals about
Make no noises with your snout
No more squealing to the skies
Little Pig now close your eyes.

Wild young birds that sweetly sing
Curve your heads beneath your wing
Dark night covers all the skies
Wild young birds now close your eyes.

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