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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 themittens and the kittens, toeverything one by one -- the little bunny says goodnight.
In this classic of 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 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)
- Goodnight Moon
Was as advertised but did not meet my expectations. Maybe it will grow on me after some family use. ...more info
- I've read this book every night for the past 8 months . . .
as part of the bedtime routine for my now 18 mo old boy. Of course, I am able to recite it by rote after oh, about 10,000 times. I don't even have to pay attention any more, as he knows where to turn the pages. Why do I keep doing this night after night? Because every time I ask him if he's ready for his story, he giggles with delight and runs to get Goodnight Moon, and Brown Bear, the other book of our nightly ritual. Brown Bear always comes first, Goodnight Moon always comes last. In between, we vary it with others, like Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear; Quick as a Cricket; Are You My Mother; The Very Hungry Caterpillar; Thomas the Tank Engine; etc. I love Goodnight Moon for making that sweet little boy express such delight at reading it. ...more info
- Goodnight Moon Children's Book
Excellent book for young children. A wonderful tale that lives on with any child. A great read to book for parents and grandparents alike. Buy it, the kids will love it!!!...more info
- Every Child Facility Should Have This Book............
I had a pleasure to read this to a preschooler, or two, finding this story intriguing.
Young children may handle this book better, because of its short, and the pictures are eye catching! ...more info
- Book is falling apart its so good
Every child I've ever read this too has begged for me to "read it again". It even captures babies attention as well as my six year old son's still, who's read it a gazillion times.
This book is so good it's falling apart, it's been read so many times! Time to order a new one!...more info
- Has Stood the Test of Time
This book has certainly stood the test of time.
My nieces read this book as children and now they are adults.
I like this book.
Although it may seem somewhat simplistic to some adults it is for a young child. As one reviewer commented "it put me to sleep", isn't that what it is supposed to do? It is a book about going to bed.
To me, it de-mystifies the the things in a child's room that may seem scary to them once the lights are out. If you help the child identify the items in their room, then they are not so frightening in the dark. Of course, this is only my perception.
Haven't so many of us experienced seeing an object in our room as a child, in the dark and it looks like something it's not? Then you turn the light on and discover it is only your teddy bear. ...more info
- Still good for 21st century
I can't imagine missing this book in my daughter's library. It's hard to believe that it was written 60 years ago, but that's what classic children stories should look like. My toddler loves it, and so do we. It's interesting that we didn't read a book for a couple of months, then returned to it and realized that she actually remembers it very well and is able to supply the next word in the story. It's not as entertaining as her other bedtime selections, but it's very calming and I think that this book will have a long lasting life in our library. ...more info
- Once a sceptic
I too was once a sceptic as to why everyone liked this book. My niece used to love it and I hated reading it to her. Now that I have my own child (3 months old), it is one of the simplest books to read to him before bed. As soon as I utter those first words, he gets a huge smile on his face. We read it every night and have since he was about 6 weeks old. I just love the basic story and rhyme, and I think the basic colors on the pages are appealing to little ones. I got 5 copies at my shower. Highly recommend....more info
- A Great bedtime story!
My son loves this book so much that he doesnt just want me to read it at night.. he wants me to read it a million times in the day too! my 19 month old loves pointing out all the objects on the page that we are saying good night to. The worlds are flowy.. the pictures are perfect and it keeps him interested from the first page to the last. A toddlers bookshelf is incomplete without this book!...more info
- Where is the mouse?
Read this to your toddlers. You will find magic with them and start their interest in reading....more info
- My toddler daughter smiles listening to it
It is a classic bedtime story book. It is short and simple, yet very young kids like it. Reading it to my toddler daughter is like reading a poem. I started on this book when my daughter was almost 1 year old. It was a bit late, she should have started on it earlier. She loves it. My daughter always sits on my lap when I read the book. She would turn her head around to smile at me everytime I read through a particular part of the story. My daughter is now 15 months, everytime when I pick up this book and starts to read to her, she would start to suck her thumb and know that it is time to sleep. At this moment, she likes this book the most among other story books....more info
- great details, for my almost 2 years old
very good illustrations.
lots of details.
my daughter soon started to give me the next word when I pause.
she even found out the mouse ate the mush in the end.
some times she reads it backwards to see the light turns on.
book sturdy too....more info
- Wonderful book for bed time
This book is so simply yet magical. I read it to my daughter at bed time because it's soothing and it calms her down. Must have!...more info
- Must Have Childhood Classic
Goodnight Moon is a delightful book and a wonderful addition to any child's book collection. As a little girl, it was mine and my sister's favorite book. Having just announced her pregnancy to the family, we've all commented that Goodnight Moon will surely be read to my sister's little one often. In fact, the baby will probably end up with more than one copy!
The rhythmic text detailing a nightly routine reassures little ones as they prepare for slumber that all is well. Read before bedtime, the simplistic nature of the book enables even very young children to remember the story and relate to the little bunny's experience. Goodnight Moon helps children realize that bedtime is normal and routine and nothing to be anxious about. I remember saying goodnight to some of my toys and knowing then that it was ok to fall asleep. It's just a wonderful book that I highly recommend. ...more info
- My Favorite
This book was read to me when I was little. It's been packed away for years and has been brought out again to read to my daughter. She's 19m and already loves it. A classic and a favorite!...more info
- A magical story that soothes a little soul.
A bedtime story that wraps a child in comfort and security. From the subtle changes in the darkening room to the soft repeated whispers of goodnight this book is a must for any child you love. Ann Clarke, author of People Are So Different! based on tolerance and understanding....more info
- Great Book
Goodnight Moon is a childrens classic. My son loves reading this book every night. Book was in good condition....more info
- Overrated. Creepy and Dull
i just don't get the appeal of this book. i read Margaret Wise Brown's other book, the Big Red Barn, and i much prefer it to Goodnight Moon. the colors and drawings are quite dated. i would hate to read this night after night to my daughter. after reading through it a few times, i am glad i did not buy it....more info
- Great For Baby Bedtime
This was the first book I learned to read by myself! I bought it to give to our first grandbaby.. I hope she loves it as much as I did !!...more info
- Goodnight Moon
I got this as a gift. It is a precious story of a child resisting falling asleep to no avail....more info
- True classic
I still remember the feeling I had the first time I read this book to my daughter. She was 2 1/2 at the time. Captivated and excited, she wanted to read it over and over again. There is something about this book that keeps kids interested. I didn't see what the big deal was about the book, which is why I waited till she was over 2 before finally buying the book. I should have bought it sooner. ...more info
- Calming to Young Children
My daughter, who is 23 now, still talks about this book and when she was tiny I remember her asking me to read it every night for months on end. It had a mesmerizing effect on her and helped calm her down for sleep, which as I remember it myself, was always a scary part of the day - a time for darkness and separation. Hence, my fascination with the book. Too bad my parents didn't read this book to me when I was a child. ...more info
- A Classic, but printing quality has disappeared these days
This book is no doubt a classic and I love it. However, I noticed a significant difference in the print quality of the older version I had checked out from the library and this new edition. There is less detail and the color is not as good. I checked out the library's copy to do some paintings of some of the illustrations as a gift for my nephew, so I noticed the differences right away. Perhaps this is the times we are in, or perhaps there are better quality publications out there, not sure how to find them. It didn't stop me from buying one for my friend though....more info
- Not as bad as some think, but not as great as others
This book was written to be very boring, very calming.
As a result, many adults simply cannot stand it. I firmly suggest that you read the book before purchasing it or putting it on your baby registry. If you remember it from your childhood, re-read it - many childhood books seem different once you've grown up.
Then, if you still love it and don't mind the thought of reading it every night for a year (children *will* get their little fixations), go ahead and buy it! (This is actually good advice for any children's book, but especially the ones in the "lull them to sleep" group.)
If you find it a little too much... get something else.
I will note that even if you do not buy the book, many people find that saying goodnight to everything in the room (or good-bye if you're leaving the house instead of taking a nap) is a good transition activity for little children....more info
- Excellent read!
For some reason, my child loves this book and it remains a favourite bedtime story book! I like reading it to him since it is soothing....more info
- CullensAbcs.com Review of Goodnight Moon
Watch Video Here: http://www.amazon.com/review/R177YYDVCG1WGD Cullen of CullensAbcs.com reviews this book and gives you ideas on how to interactively use the book with children. For more video book reviews, free children videos and activity idea videos for you visit the CullensAbcs.com website. At Facebook you can add Cullen Wood as a friend and become a FAN of Cullen's Abc's....more info
- Goodnight Moon
This is a very sweet book. I had to read it at least twenty times in the same week to my children. They love it. I highly recommend this book....more info
- So much fun tracking the mouse's whereabouts
A classic bed-time book that shows the psyche's of a child who doesn't want to sleep. What's a child to do when they want to postpone sleep? Say goodnight to everything from kittens to mittens and when you can't think of anything, say goodnight to nobody. A classic example of what happens when a great writer collaborates with a genius illustrator. There are so many things going on that the first few times you read it there is something new you discover. The gradually darkening of the room, the bunny turning around to say goodnight to the bears and the mouse! Where is the mouse? A somber book made fun.......more info
I bought this book for my daughter - in paperback, hardback, coloring book, etc.! This was her all-time favorite book growing up and now I'm buying it for her newborn son! That makes me really think this is a book "for generations"....more info
- Not sure about all the hype
I got this based on the positive reviews...the sheer number of them. It is OK but I don't like the fact that there are some black and white pages and some coloured. The pictures also are small and don't really grab me. My baby is still only 5 mths old so I will see if maybe this is just an adult thing.
I prefer for going to bed time 'the going to bed book.'...more info
- Silly, disjointed text, average illustrations
I got the book for my 4 yr old and 2 yr old - but neither of them like it much. My husband and I don't like reading it either, and here's why:
The text is quite disjoint, like bits and pieces of other fairy tales and nursery rhymes put together. It seems like the author has just put down random things together - there's no rhyme (literally!) or reason for any of the pages. It does not flow lyrically.
The only interesting aspect is the black and white illustrations on some of the pages. This offers a striking contrast to the color illustrations. However, the whole book has not been put together well, and the quality of illustrations is just so-so. So the impact of the b&w is also pointless.
Compared to other wonderful books like the "Hungry Caterpillar" or "Ten Little Lady Bugs" or "The Firefly's First Flight" which we all really love, this book definitely is not worth having in the childrens' bookshelf.
I seem to be among the minority in disliking this book on Amazon - perhaps I am not seeing something that others are.. But hey! this is truly my opinion!
- Good might moon
I first purchased this book 36 years ago for my son; recently bought this new copy for my future grandson--I'm hoping it will be his favorite as it was his father's. It is such a delightful story and a great nightime
read before bed....more info