In a great green room, tucked away in bed, is a little bunny. “Goodnight room, goodnight moon.” And to the entire familiar things in the softly lit room–to the picture of the three little bears sitting in chairs, to the clocks and his socks, to the mittens and the kittens, to everything one after the other–he says goodnight.
In this classic of modern children’s literature, beloved by generations of readers and listeners, the quiet poetry of the words and the gentle, lulling illustrations combine to make a perfect book for the end of the day.
Perhaps the very best children’s bedtime book, Goodnight Moon is a short poem of goodnight wishes from a young rabbit preparing for–or making an attempt to postpone–his own slumber. He says goodnight to each and 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 the items mentioned all over the book within the pictures is a great 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’ll expect a sleepy smile and no less than a yawn or two. (Picture book)
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