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From A is for Aaaah when a small kitten sighs to Z is for Zipper now zip into bed . . . here are twenty-six ways to say goodnight.

Margaret Wise Brown wrote this book not long after she wrote Goodnight Moon. (She knew a thing or two about putting little ones to bed.)

Now Karen Katz has made it shine with bright and cheerful new pictures. Any sleepy toddler will want to read this over and over . . . until it's ...

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Overview

From A is for Aaaah when a small kitten sighs to Z is for Zipper now zip into bed . . . here are twenty-six ways to say goodnight.

Margaret Wise Brown wrote this book not long after she wrote Goodnight Moon. (She knew a thing or two about putting little ones to bed.)

Now Karen Katz has made it shine with bright and cheerful new pictures. Any sleepy toddler will want to read this over and over . . . until it's really time to say go to sleep!

Simple rhymes and quilt-like paintings illustrate bedtime scenes for each letter of the alphabet.

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
PreS—With lines like "I is for me who is going to bed," and "X is for all of the things you can play," it is hard to find much good to say about this lackluster offering. Katz's characteristic round-headed multicultural babies wander through the pages, along with sheep, bunnies, and a variety of typical bedtime accoutrements. The brightly colored mixed-media illustrations are likely to appeal to young children, and the combination of Brown's name and the word "sleepy" on the cover will probably sell the title. Nonetheless, this uninspired mix of bedtime and alphabet book fails to do justice to either genre. Buy extra copies of Goodnight Moon and some of Karen Katz's board books and pass on this one.—Amy Lilien-Harper, The Ferguson Library, Stamford, CT
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Take an old story by a skilled wordsmith (the text dates from 1953 and was originally accompanied by Esphyr Slobodkina's illustrations), add cheerful, cuddly illustrations and a fresh new ABC book that's also a bedtime tale is born. From "A is for Aaaah / when a small / kitten sighs" to "Z is for Zipper. / Now zip into bed," the simple rhymes for each letter of the alphabet are illustrated with Katz's signature multicultural, round-headed, roly-poly kids. The choice of words is not typical or obvious; instead of B for blanket, "B is for Baaaaa / when the lambs / close their eyes," and C is for caw "when the last crow crows." L is for listening; D is for dreams; U is for nothing Under the bed; and "X is for all the things you can play." The book is a companion to Brown's A Child's Good Morning Book (2009), also illustrated by Katz. It's bound to find its way to many a bedside table, to be rightly enjoyed by a new generation. (Picture book. 3-6)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060242848
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/28/1994
  • Edition description: New
  • Pages: 40
  • Age range: 5 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.76 (w) x 9.54 (h) x 0.36 (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.

Karen Katz is the acclaimed author-illustrator of more than thirty-five books, including Princess Baby; Can You Say Peace?; and Mommy Hugs and Counting Kisses, both Child magazine Best Books. Karen, her husband, and their daughter divide their time between New York City and Woodstock, New York.

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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  • Anonymous

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    My daughter's favorite book!

    This is a wonderful bedtime book. My 2 1/2 year old wants it read to her every night, and she has now memorized the entire book A to Z. It's a fun way to learn the alphabet. Contrary to the School Library Journal's bad review, it's a fantastic book!! And fyi - for "X is for all of the things you can play" - there is a picture of a child with a xylophone.

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