Monday, November 1, 2010

Goodnight Moon

Preschooler Books:
Goodnight Moon
, Margaret Wise Brown

This lovely bedtime story, first published in 1947, was given to us as a gift when Mr 0 was born. It quickly became a favourite and was read almost every night before bedtime for close to 6 months.

It follows a bedtime ritual saying goodnight to things, in rhyme:
Goodnight room
Goodnight moon
Goodnight light and the red balloon...
It's very simple, but kids love it. There are details in the illustrations that you keep noticing over time, the time on the clock changes, the mouse & other items move around the room, the room slowly gets darker as night progresses.

This became our bedtime ritual for our kids when they were babies - a bible story, prayer, then Goodnight Moon. The lilting rhyme was the perfect tone to get ready for bed. Sometimes when they woke in the middle of the night, we would read it again, just to calm them down and reestablish the going to bed routine.

An oldy, but a goody.

1 comment:

Wendy said...

I do recall telling people I could 'read' when I'd memorised this book as a child. Have to ask my Mum, but she probably read it as many times as you have!