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Monday, September 9, 2013

Module 2: Goodnight Moon

Module 2: Classic Children's and Young Adult Literature

Goodnight Moon
Author: Margaret Wise Brown
Illustrator: Clement Hurd
Book Summary:

Goodnight Moon is about a child who says “goodnight” to all of his surroundings before going to sleep. The room the child sleeps in has many objects and pictures; the room also has a window that allows the child to see the moon and the starts. The child says “goodnight” to every detail of the room and to the moon.

APA Reference of the Book:

Brown, M.W. (1991). Goodnight moon. New York, NY: HarperCollins.


Goodnight Moon was rather boring to me. I did not find the illustrations pleasing, and I did not care for the switching between color and black and white illustrations. There was even a completely blank page that read: “Goodnight nobody.” This would be a fairly simple bedtime story, but if given the choice, I would always choose to read a different story. The only thing that I did appreciate about Goodnight Moon was the rhyming. The story would be more interesting to me if it were read aloud without the pictures.

Professional Review:

Shelby, J. (1997-2013). Goodnight moon [Review of the book Goodnight Moon]. Retrieved from: http://www.preschooleducation.com/br138.shtml

“Goodnight Moon is the perfect bedtime story with vibrant illustrations. The illustrations are very detailed and jump off the page.
     Goodnight Moon calms the busy toddler at nap time, bed time, or any time. Goodnight Moon is the
perfect book to take along everywhere you go to occupy your toddler's mind. Goodnight Moon will diffuse even the most stressful situation even while standing in long lines at the grocery store.
      Goodnight Moon lulls a child into a peaceful and less fearful sleep. By saying goodnight to everything in the room (including the air), children's fears are put to rest. The first half of the book describes the bedroom of a young rabbit, and then "goodnight" is said to everything from the room decor to the rabbit's caregiver who is described as the little old lady whispering "hush".
      Goodnight Moon is short enough for even the shortest of attention spans. Goodnight Moon is simple enough for toddlers to understand and an excellent choice for a first reader. Goodnight Moon's rhymes flow right off the page and children's tongues. A child of any age will be finishing the sentences. Goodnight Moon is an excellent tool to use for teaching lessons in colors, rhymes, reading comprehension, making general observations, and how fear can be caused from our imagination.
Goodnight Moon is one of my son's favorite stories, and I'm sure yours will love it also.”

Library Uses:

Goodnight Moon could be used in a library program that deals with bedtime stories or nursery rhymes. This book could be compared to other bedtime stories.

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