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My World: A Companion to Goodnight Moon Board book – January 7, 2003

3.5 out of 5 stars 149 customer reviews
Book 4 of 4 in the Goodnight Moon Series

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For a small bunny, the big world can be boiled down to "My slippers. / My pajamas. / Daddy's pajamas," and "Mother's chair. / My chair. / A low chair. / A high chair. / But certainly my chair." Back in print after more than 30 years, My World by Margaret Wise Brown and Clement Hurd is every bit as reassuring and appealing to young children as its more famous companion, Goodnight Moon. Using the same format, this tale features the rabbit family as they go through their day: brushing teeth, eating breakfast, going fishing, reading stories, and climbing into bed. Black-and-white illustrations alternate with full-color scenes depicting the ever-expanding (yet still comfortably contained) boundaries of a child's life. In one image, the young bunny, clad in blue coveralls, hammers happily on his wooden truck, while Daddy, in matching coveralls, works on his own (real) car just outside the garage. Very young fans of the classic Goodnight Moon will delight in recognizing the characters, illustration style, and gentle rhythmic words in this over-50-year-old picture book. For that matter, older fans will be pretty tickled, too! (Ages 2 to 6) --Emilie Coulter --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Originally published in 1949 (two years after Goodnight Moon) and out of print for more than 30 years, this melodic companion narrated by the endearing rabbit child introduces those elements of his life that he holds most dear. Brown's minimal text has a dreamlike, impressionistic quality reminiscent of her earlier book, yet the narrative adheres to a child's sense of logic as the bunny strings together the items and activities that fill his day. He defines his world in terms of his parents: "Daddy's boy./ Mother's boy./ My boy is just a toy/ Bear." In alternating spreads, Hurd portrays simple, black-and-white images of items or pastimes (the child's toothbrush hanging on a hook next to his father's; father and son fishing together) and full-color scenarios (recolored by Clement's son Thacher) spawned by those images (the boy brushes his teeth as one parent soaks in the tub and the other primps in front of a mirror; the family gathers around the table to dine on freshly caught fish). The final color spread underscores the volume's universality, as well as the little rabbit's contentment: swinging from a tree branch as his parents sit nearby on the porch, he announces: "Your world./ My world./ I can swing/ Right over the world." The volume's words and pictures stretch the boundaries of its time-honored predecessor, affirming that there is, indeed, a warm and welcoming world beyond the great green room. Ages 1-4.

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 2 - 4 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool and up
  • Board book: 36 pages
  • Publisher: HarperFestival (January 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0694008621
  • ISBN-13: 978-0694008629
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.8 x 5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (149 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,213 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
Those who were raised on and loved Goodnight Moon will be thrilled to see its companion book, My World, back in print after a 30 year absence. Get reacquainted with the rabbit family as little bunny explores the safe and familiar world around him. Margaret Wise Brown's gentle, understated text: "Mother's chair./My chair./A low chair./A high chair." or "Daddy's boy./Mother's boy./My boy is just a toy./Bear" is soothing, poetic and rhythmic and beautifully complemented by Clement Hurd's engaging family scenes. In My World he alternates black and white pages featuring the simple items of little bunny's life, Daddy's toothbrush hanging beside little bunny's toothbrush, a large and small comb lying next to each other or Daddy's slippers next to bunny's own pair of slippers with full color more expansive family spreads, the family preparing and eating breakfast or all washing up and getting ready for bed. Perfect for children as young as one, My World is a comforting, reassuring, timeless treasure to be read again and again and shared and passed down to future generations.
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By A Customer on September 24, 2001
Format: Hardcover
I waited with great anticipation only to be disappointed. The smooth, flowing rhymes of the other Margaret Wise Brown books were not present in this book. My 2-1/2 year old enjoyed looking at the cover (he instantly recognized the rabbits he loved in Good Night Moon), but he quickly lost interest when we started reading. Even my husband didn't want to continue reading the book. I would definitely recommend purchasing Good Night Moon, The Runaway Bunny, or Big Red Barn instead. My son (and I) thoroughly enjoyed each of them!
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Format: Hardcover
After reading other reviews for this title, I must say, I was certainly skeptical about My World. However, all I needed to do was introduce it to my 18 month old to turn my skepticism around into utter delight. Rachel loves Goodnight Moon but it seems that My World scores even higher on her book list! The story is told through the eyes of a child, observing the big world around him/her which can, at times, be overwhelming and, let's face it, big. The book's wording exhibits loose associations at times (childlike), an inconsistent structure (again, childlike), and unusual illustrations, which, as we have seen in "Moon" capture the detail-oriented eye of a child, reading after reading.
The book's wording lends itself to a repetitive, rhythmical reading, perfect for lulling that little one into la-la land- my husband has this down to a science.
The best part of this book is the way it enhances a parent's appreciation for their child's world view. Awesome!
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Format: Hardcover
When I first read this book to my then one-year old daughter, I thought it was awful! She, however, would pick it up again and again, demanding to read it. It's been one of her favorites for over 9 months. In fact, I'm about to order a new copy because the first has been "loved" to death.
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My son can listen to and look at "Goodnight Moon" and "Runaway Bunny" ten times each time we sit down with them. We barely got through "My World" once.
The rhymes simply don't click and the story is not interesting enough to make up for it. I believe the illustration that made my son ask the most questions was one of toothbrushes hanging by strings on nails in the wall. He had never seen such a thing, but seemed interested in the prospect of putting his toothbrush on the wall.
I suppose that was the reason he really didn't get interested in the book: he didn't identify with it. His daddy doesn't go fishing or sit on the front porch smoking his pipe. Now, he's never become a sailboat as the bunny in "Runaway Bunny" did either, but he was interested in the idea; it captured his imagination. "My World" didn't.
Perhaps there are some children who might enjoy this, but definitely take it out of the library first before you buy it.
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Format: Board book
After reading some of the disappointing reviews I felt compelled to write. This is a favorite of my son's! I think that's what we need to keep in mind is how the kids respond to it and what it's teaching. Of course it can get difficult having to read the same book five times in a row, but it's wonderful when the kids are so interested in reading! He loves seeing the differences between "my" and "daddy's" objects. The pictures are wonderful an he is mesmerized by the colors. Yes, the text is simple however it is interesting and is not sing-song ish. Enjoy!
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Format: Board book
I understand why some of the other reviewers did not immediately love this book. The rhymes are not as simple and catchy as "Goodnight Moon". However, the overwhelming simplicity and sweetness of the book is captivating and grows on you over time. It is slow and gentle. My 2 year old son loves this book and my husband loves reading it. This is real literature for children and truly a great book.
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Format: Hardcover
I liked this story for its' simple look at daily life routines and lyrical writing. At first I thought it was a little hard to find the rhythm of the writing but now we love reading it to our 2 year old son. The story shows a daddy bunny putting a baby to sleep (not many baby books show the dad's role so prominently), the mommy bunny in the room when the baby wakes up, a family eating breakfast, a dad going to work in the city & a dad and baby working on cars in the garage etc. It is a nice story for the toddlers starting to get a handle on the rhythm of family life.
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