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Goodnight MoonS and listeners the uiet poetry of the words and the gentle lulling illustrations combine to make a perfect book for the end of the dayThis board book edition is the perfect size for little hands. “In the great green roomThere was a telephoneAnd a red balloonAnd a picture of – ”Goodnight Moon is a classic and well loved American children’s picture book from 1947 It was written by Margaret Wise Brown and illustrated by Clement Hurd Many American adults remember it as their favourite bedtime story and it continues to lull young children to sleep to this very dayThe book describes a bedtime ritual than telling an actual story A young anthropomorphic bunny is in bed saying “good night” to everything she can see around her “Goodnight room Goodnight moon Goodnight cow jumping over the moon Goodnight light and the red balloon ”There are three books in the series all by the same author and illustrator the others being “The Runaway Bunny” and “My World” These three books have been published together as a collection with the overall title “Over the Moon”In this rhyming poem the bunny works her way through seemingly random but personally significant objects such as a red balloon the bunny’s doll’s house two kittens a brush and comb and so on The book has slowly become a bestseller It has currently sold an estimated 48 million copies and been translated into over a dozen different languages It is hard to see the attraction save that a bedtime ritual is helpful and reassuring little children love rhymes and a familiar short book often becomes a favourite The illustrations are simply drawn and coloured in flat areas with no shading There is a spacious feel about the room however and the light cast on the bunny seems benevolent; the moon outside friendly the twinkly stars restful and familiar To an adult it may seem surreal but there is an appeal for young children It seems to be the case with several great writers of children’s classics that they never leave their childhood behind in the conventional way They never really become settled domestically in happy relationships or as normally functioning members of society Perhaps the most inspired children’s writers never grow up Margaret Wise Brown was a restless and unsettled person She never had children of her own and her affairs were often chaotic and unstable She had periods of despair and loneliness and there are many reports of her provocative or obstructive comments Her books may seem delightfully whimsical but under the surface seemingly lies isolation and turmoil She called one longstanding lesbian lover “Rabbit” but even their relationship was by all accounts rocky and tormented In desperation her lover once took an illustrator aside and said “Why don’t you marry Margaret and take her off my hands” Perhaps it is the author’s brittle and alienated personality which enabled her to empathise with how little children would feel reassured Margaret Wise Brown once said that she considered the purpose of children’s books to be “to jog him with the unexpected and comfort him with the familiar”uite prolific in her work Margaret Wise Brown originally worked as a teacher and also studied art It was while working at the “Bank Street Experimental School” in New York City that she started writing books for children The school believed in a new approach to children’s education and literature one which was rooted in the real world and the here and now Margaret Wise Brown embraced both this philosophy and also was influenced by the poet Gertrude SteinShe once referred to the “painful shy animal dignity with which a child stretches to conform to a strange adult social politeness”Margaret Wise Brown’s first children’s book was published in 1937 and entitled “When the Wind Blew” She went on to develop her “Here and Now” stories and later the “Noisy Book” series Between 1944 and 1946 she wrote three picture books under the pseudonym “Golden MacDonald” Even in her personal life the author went by various nicknames perhaps seeking an identity To some she was “Tim” as her hair was the colour of timothy hay To others she was “Brownie” To those who were familiar with the use of the pseudonym “Golden MacDonald” she was “Goldie” Early in the 1950s she wrote several books for the “Little Golden Books” series including “The Color Kittens” “Mister Dog” and “Scuppers The Sailor Dog”Margaret Wise Brown was a lifelong beagler very keen on hunting hares and rabbits A beagle pack of ten or hounds following the animals by scent would usually be followed on foot The author's enthusiasm and ability to keep pace with the hounds was well known at the time In one interview for “Life” magazine the reporter expressed surprise that such affectionate portrayals of so many rabbits in her books could be created by one who had such a zest for hunting and shooting rabbits The author replied “Well I don’t especially like children either At least not as a group I won’t let anybody get away with anything just because he is little”Even her last moments seem akin to something from a black farce Margaret Wise Brown was in a hospital in France with appendicitis The operation seemed to be routine and she was clearly in one of her ebullient social moods Earlier the same year she had met James Stillman “Pebble” Rockefeller Junior at a party and they became engaged One morning she jokily kicked her leg in a can can style to prove to one of the medics how well she was recovering An embolism killed her instantly Perhaps she would have appreciated this grotesuerieMargaret Wise Brown left behind over 70 unpublished manuscripts Her sister tried to sell them without success so kept them instead in a cedar trunk for decades Comprising than 500 typewritten pages in all they were rediscovered in 1991 and most have now been published Many of them have new illustrations but most like this edition of Goodnight Moon are still in print with the original illustrationsThe book is compact and sturdy In this case “board” book describes the pages as well as the cover It is very substantial and can withstand overly affectionate treatment by the smallest people However neither the text nor the illustrations of the book especially appeal to me I do understand that it has had a classic appeal to several generations I see that no less than fifteen of my friends have rated it 5 stars and several rate it above average I have to assume then that in this case I am out of step with the target audience and let this book stay at my personal default of 3 stars

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Chairs to the clocks and his socks to the mittens and the kittens to everything one by one the little bunny says goodnightIn this classic of children's literature beloved by generations of reader. “A great man in his pride 
 Casts derision upon
Supersession of breath;
He knows death to the bone
Man has created death” William Butler Yeats“Goodnight Moon Goodnight Air Goodnight noises everywhere” Margaret Wise BrownThere’s only one time in your life that you say goodbye to everything you’ve come to know and love and even dedicate a little time saying goodbye to the things you’ve come to hate the shitty bowl of mush growing cold on the night stand that your “old lady” tries to pass off as food the filthy rodent that’ll probably leave droppings in said mush as you rest comfortably ETERNALLY Because when you’re about to kick off even the fecal matter your little brother leaves on the toilet after he forgets to wipe his butt is endearing and the tasteless formless garbage your nation has sold to you as “food” reminds you that's it's better to have the faculties to hate and loathe than to have nothing at all Most classic poets painted death with a palette of the morose and depressing There was no room for cliché rhymes and red balloons in the classic written rendering of death until Margaret Wise Brown came into the picture In 1947 Brown threw out all the conventions established by previous poets writing about death bidding folks like Yeats and Donne to say “goodnight air” as she peppered her death poetry with balloons bears and cows jumping over the moonHer work reminds us that death does not have to be a subject of woe Death is best reminisced about with a cocktail of kittens and mittens chairs and bears The proverbial spoonful of sugar Brown gives to us with her stylistic rendering helps the medicine go down as it were continuing the discourse established by her predecessors and taking it in a direction desperately needed by people today This is not just a book about a stubborn rabbit with OCD who will not go to bed until he lists everything in his room This is a story about the human condition and a celebration of our greatest collective vulnerability Read This Shit

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Goodnight Moon review ✓ 103 ☆ In a great green room tucked away in bed is a little bunny Goodnight room goodnight moon And to all the familiar things in the softly lit room—to the picture of the three little bears sitting on chairs to the clocks and his socks to the mittens and the kittens to everything one by one—the little bunny says goodnighIn a great green room tucked away in bed is a little bunny Goodnight room goodnight moon And to all the familiar things in the softly lit room to the picture of the three little bears sitting on. Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown is one of the books that followers of my blog voted as a must read for our Children's Book August 2018 Readathon Come check it out and join the next few weeksThis picture book was such a delight I hadn't remembered reading it when I was a child but it might have been read to me either way it was like a whole new experience It's always so difficult to convince a child to fall asleep at night I don't have kids but I do have a 5 month old puppy who whines for 5 minutes every night when he goes in his cagecrate hopefully he'll be fully housebroken soon so he can roam around when he wants I can only imagine I babysat a lot as a teenager and I have tons of younger cousins nieces and nephews so I've been through it before too This was a believable experience and it really helps show kids how to relax and just let go when it's time to sleepThe bunny's are adorable The rhymes are exuisite I found it pretty fun but possibly a little dated given many of those things aren't normal routines any But the lessons to take from it are still powerful Loved it I want to sample some books by this fine author and her illustrators