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Goodnight Moon ABC: An Alphabet Book
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Goodnight Moon ABC: An Alphabet Book

by Margaret Wise Brown, Clement Hurd (Illustrator)

From kittens to stars to yarn, there are so many things that can be found in the great green room. Search for them all as you learn your ABCs.

This comforting alphabet book links words and phrases with familiar images from everyone's favorite bedtime book, Goodnight Moon.


From kittens to stars to yarn, there are so many things that can be found in the great green room. Search for them all as you learn your ABCs.

This comforting alphabet book links words and phrases with familiar images from everyone's favorite bedtime book, Goodnight Moon.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Repurposing Hurd's original illustrations, this abecedarian adaptation pairs letters of the alphabet (and corresponding words) with objects and elements from the "great green room," including kittens, paintings, and a red balloon. The myriad objects and Hurd's ever-striking orange and green palette lend themselves well to the ABC format. And in keeping with the nature of the source material, the book concludes, not with a zebra, but with some bedtime zzzzs. Up to 5. (July)
Children's Literature - Barbara L. Talcroft
Some alphabet books use the format to present information for readers who already know the alphabet quite well. Here's one for the very young, just learning their letters and sounds, based on a favorite bedtime story (most meaningful, no doubt, to children already familiar with it). Goodnight Moon was first published in 1947, soon became a world best seller, was adapted as a play and several musicals, became an inspiration for songs and animation, and was even parodied for adults. This ABC book was redesigned from the original, details extracted from Hurd's illustrations as examples of words starting with each letter. While Hurd's colors—vibrant orange, emerald green, bright yellow, several blues—remain the same, the format has been enlarged and most of Brown's simple text is gone. The letter Ii, standing for "In the great green room," lets aficionados of the original revisit the cozy bedroom with its nursery fireplace, drying rack for wet socks and mittens, and the aproned bunny knitting in her rocking chair (Qq stands for "Quiet old lady"). Few children of today can know a room like this from a time when there were still nursery nurses, blazing bedroom fires, and no electric dryers; the black telephone seems an anachronism even for then. Somehow, though, many of the very young still find the story comforting and soporific. For those who love the classic book, this alphabet trip will be fun, right through to a "Goodnight noises everywhere," and its inevitable Zz for "Zzzz . . ." Reviewer: Barbara L. Talcroft
School Library Journal
PreS-K—Familiar objects in the classic story are arranged in alphabetical order and accompanied by upper- and lowercase letters in the original style and palette. "Ii In the great green room/Jj Jump over the moon." Letter "X" appears as the crossed arms of a pole dryer that holds pink mittens from clothespins and "Zz Zzzz…" is accompanied by the line "Goodnight noises everywhere." Endpapers show the entire alphabet being investigated by two mice. The book conveys the timeless appeal of the original, and the literacy skill building will appeal to adults.—Gay Lynn Van Vleck, Henrico County Library, Glen Allen, VA

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HarperCollins Publishers
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10.20(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.40(d)
120L (what's this?)
Age Range:
3 Months to 5 Years

Meet the Author

Margaret Wise Brown, cherished for her unique ability to convey a child’s experience and perspective of the world, transformed the landscape of children’s literature with such beloved classics as Goodnight Moon and The Runaway Bunny. Other perennial favorites by Ms. Brown include Nibble Nibble, My World, Where Have You Been?, Christmas in the Barn, The Dead Bird, and Sneakers, the Seaside Cat.

Clement Hurd (1908–1988) is best known for illustrating Goodnight Moon and The Runaway Bunny, the classic picture books by Margaret Wise Brown. He studied painting in Paris with Fernand Léger and others in the early 1930s. After his return to the United States in 1935, he began to work in children's books. He illustrated more than one hundred books, many of them with his wife, Edith Thacher Hurd, including the Johnny Lion books, The Day the Sun Danced, and The Merry Chase. A native of New York City, he lived most of his life in Vermont and California.

Clement Hurd (1908–1988) se graduó de Yale University. Estudió pintura en París en los años 1930 con Fernand Léger, entre otros. Allí fue donde desarrolló su estilo característico, compuesto de colores de fuerte contraste. Hurd estuvo casado con la escritora Edith Thacher Hurd, con quien también creó muchos libros que se convirtieron en favoritos de los niños.

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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