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Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown

Goodnight Moon (original 1947; edition 1991)

by Margaret Wise Brown, Clement Hurd (Illustrator)

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Title:Goodnight Moon
Authors:Margaret Wise Brown
Other authors:Clement Hurd (Illustrator)
Info:HarperFestival (1991), Board book, 30 pages
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Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown (1947)

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    Good Night, Gorilla by Peggy Rathmann (KarenB73)
    KarenB73: zookeeper is locking up the zoo. Goes through the zoo saying goodnight to all the animals. same sing-song rhythm of goodnight moon. makes for a quiet get ready for bed book.
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    The Runaway Bunny by Margaret Wise Brown (KarenB73)
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    Go the F**k to Sleep by Adam Mansbach (Sandydog1)
    Sandydog1: When the little one is tired of same-o, same-o.

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The bunny's room is filled with different kind of things. While reading the book you can ask the students to find the items. The book talks about a red ballon so they can try to find the balloon when you read that part. ( )
  thnguyen | Sep 20, 2014 |
Good Night Moon is a wonderful picture book by Margaret Wise Brown. It is a book that is about a mother rabbit tucking her child into bed. They are saying "goodnight" to all the familiar items in the child’s bedroom. Good night red balloon, good night dollhouse, good night cow jumping over the moon[picture on the wall], good night light, good night kittens etc...

I love this book as a calming sleepy time story, read in a hushed voice. Children love it and it is soothing. The text is easily matched to the items depicted by illustrator Clement Hurd. The illustrations are calming as they are drawn in in shadows and moonlit effects.

Story extenders could be discussing the items in the bedroom and what their use is. One of my favorites is to collect similar items, let the children examine them on a tray, cover the tray. Encourage the children to name the items without peeking. The children could also draw a journal page of what is in their own bedroom or what their pretend bedroom looks like. Word of the week: Good Night. The children could bring in a favorite thing from their bedroom and a good night story could be created with each child drawing the item and create a class book including each child's illustration. ( )
  imamarie | Sep 17, 2014 |
In my opinion, Goodnight Moon is a great book to read to children or for children to read before bedtime. I think it is one of the best nursery rhymes, for few reasons. To begin with, I like this book because of the joyful rhyme it has. The rhyme this book contains is fun to read and can be an enjoyable thing to listen to before going to bed. “And there were three little bears sitting on chairs, and two little kittens, and a pair of mittens, and a little toy house, and a young mouse, and a comb and a brush and a bowl full of mush.” Next, I love that after we are introduced to everything around the room that Bunny sees, we get to hear him say goodnight to it all before he goes to sleep for the night. For instance, we are introduced to the kittens, the mittens, and the toy house, and then we say goodnight to them. “Goodnight kittens and goodnight mittens. Goodnight clocks and goodnight socks. Goodnight little house and goodnight mouse.” Going along with the last two reasons of why I liked this book, it is one that children can read very easily. It contains simple everyday words such as and, a, red, great, room, moon, little, there, etc. These words are also repeated throughout the story, so if a child has trouble with it in the beginning, they will be able to correct themselves and read it correctly later on in the story. The big idea of Goodnight Moon is to read it at night before bedtime and put the child to sleep. ( )
  margan1 | Sep 15, 2014 |
The book Goodnight Moon is about a bunny going to sleep and saying goodnight to all the object and things in its room. The book contains characteristics of a predictable book in the rhyme scheme, repetitive pattern, and appropriate illustrations.The text and plot are fairly simple which make the book appropriate for children ages 2-5, I would use this for children who have trouble sleeping or napping as a tool to get them to sleep. Saying goodnight, just as the bunny does, to the inanimate objects around their room they will know it is time for bed.
  SaraJoslin | Sep 15, 2014 |
Summary: A young bunny is in bed and describing attributes of his or her room. The young bunny then begins to say goodnight to all of the objects in his or her room until everything has been told goodnight.

Review: This is a wonderful book to read to young children. The book might be helpful for children who have a hard time falling asleep because it is routine and simple. Many young children need routine in their lives and this book may help some children find that sense of "routine" by mimicking what the young rabbit does in the book by saying "goodnight room" and saying goodnight to other objects (p. 9). This book is also simple and calming unlike many books these days. There is no flash or bright colors, just simple words and simple sayings.

Margaret Wise Brown does a wonderful job of hiding her message into her stories, but I believe that the central message of this book is relaxation. In a world full of flashy objects and fast passed ways of lives, Brown brings her readers back to reality with this book by slowing moving through the rabbits room. ( )
  Kweber8 | Sep 6, 2014 |
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Goodnight Moon is a story about a little rabbit who says "goodnight" to every item in his home. These items include a pair of mittens, a young mouse, a comb, and a bowl full of mush. Illustrations are very simple; many of them are black and white drawings. The book is very short, but perfect for a bedtime story.
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Perhaps the perfect children's bedtime book, Goodnight Moon is a short poem of goodnight wishes from a young rabbit preparing for--or attempting to postpone--his own slumber. He says goodnight to every object in sight and within earshot, including the "quiet old lady whispering hush." Clement Hurd's illustrations are simple and effective, alternating between small ink drawings and wide, brightly colored views of the little rabbit's room.

Finding all of the items mentioned throughout the book within the pictures is a good bedtime activity--a reappearing little mouse is particularly pesky. By the end of the little rabbit's goodnight poem, the story has quieted to a whisper, and the drawings have darkened with nightfall. As you turn the last page, you can expect a sleepy smile and at least a yawn or two. (Picture book)

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Goodnight to each of the objects in the great green room: goodnight chairs, goodnight comb, goodnight air. On board pages.

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