The Moon Shines Down

The Moon Shines Down

by Margaret Wise Brown, Linda Bleck

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ISBN-13: 9781400323265
Publisher: Nelson, Thomas, Inc.
Publication date: 11/02/2008
Sold by: HarperCollins Publishing
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 48
Sales rank: 426,033
File size: 12 MB
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Age Range: 3 - 8 Years

About the Author

Margaret Wise Brown, author of dozens of beloved children’s books including GOODNIGHT MOON and RUNAWAY BUNNY, transformed children’s book writing into an artform unlike any other.

Date of Birth:

May 23, 1910

Date of Death:

November 13, 1952

Place of Birth:

Brooklyn, N.Y.

Place of Death:

Nice, France

Education:

B.A., Hollins College, 1932; Bank Street College of Education

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THE MOON SHINES DOWN



By Margaret Wise Brown Laura Minchew
Thomas Nelson
Copyright © 2008

Roberta Rauch (estate of Margaret Wise Brown)
All right reserved.



ISBN: 978-1-4003-1299-3



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.

(Continues...)




Excerpted from THE MOON SHINES DOWN by Margaret Wise Brown Laura Minchew Copyright © 2008 by Roberta Rauch (estate of Margaret Wise Brown). Excerpted by permission.
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Blackberry_Rambles More than 1 year ago
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.
cherryblossommj More than 1 year ago
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.
vnwender on LibraryThing 5 months ago
This is a great bedtime story for children. This book is about all of the places that the moon is at night.
lwmasters on LibraryThing 5 months ago
The Moon Shines Down is a picture book full of beautiful, colorful story. It is beautifully written, the words flow so smoothly. It is a perfect bedtime story. It also shows many different cultures.
cherryblossommj on LibraryThing 5 months ago
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.
ForeignCircus on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Developed from a manuscript lost for decades, the story behind the story of this book is almost better than the book itself. Margaret Wise Brown, author of such beloved children's classics as Goodnight Moon and Runaway Bunny, left behind this manuscript (and others) in a cedar trunk. Now 56 years after her death, The Moon Shines Down was finished by children's book publisher Laura Minchew.Though there are rough patches in some of the verses, children are unlikely to notice the problems with the rhythm. The illustrations are sure to please children and adults alike, and helped me overlook the issues with the text. One note- the illustrations bear no resemblance to those of Wise Brown¿s classic books, so readers hoping to recapture that era may be disappointed. Because of the frequent mention of God, this book would not be appropriate for many settings; teachers looking for classroom books may want to check this book out of the library for review before making a final decision on purchase. All in all, this is a wonderful addition to the Wise Brown canon. The charming rhymes and glimpses of children around the world make for a lovely global message of a bedtime story.
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Died from greencough
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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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
*A black tom with green eyes walks in. "May I join?"
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A young Tom pads in. "May I join?"
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Nurse_Sarah More than 1 year ago
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.
MomsChoiceAwards More than 1 year ago
The Moon Shines Down is a recipient of the prestigious Mom's Choice Award. The Mom's Choice Awards honors excellence in family-friendly media, products and services. An esteemed panel of judges includes education, media and other experts as well as parents, children, librarians, performing artists, producers, medical and business professionals, authors, scientists and others. A sampling of the panel members includes: Dr. Twila C. Liggett, ten-time Emmy-winner, professor and founder of PBS's Reading Rainbow; Julie Aigner-Clark, Creator of Baby Einstein and The Safe Side Project; Jodee Blanco, New York Times best-selling Author; LeAnn Thieman, motivational speaker and coauthor of seven Chicken Soup For The Soul books; and Tara Paterson, Certified Parent Coach and founder of the Mom's Choice Awards. Parents and educators look for the Mom's Choice Awards seal in selecting quality materials and products for children and families.
p.g.leja More than 1 year ago
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.
JoKehler More than 1 year ago
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?
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lindseyf More than 1 year ago
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!

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.

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.
TreeLove More than 1 year ago
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.
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4amigos More than 1 year ago
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.
Daddypundit More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago