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Goodnight Moon Board book – January 23, 2007
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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)
From Publishers Weekly
Just in time for gift-giving season, the two hardcover staples for every nursery Goodnight Moon and The Runaway Bunny by Margaret Wise Brown, illus. by Clement Hurd are now available in a handsome fabric-covered shrink-wrapped cardboard sleeve as A Margaret Wise Brown Gift Set. In addition, an oversize board book edition of Goodnight Moon makes the great green room larger than ever, allowing readers to trace with ease the tiny mouse that appears in each spread. (Sept.)
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The litany of goodnights to different people, toys, etc., can be modified by imaginative parents to include things that their particular child is attached to - they can add a goodnight to the family pet, favorite toys - and do it with the name the child actually uses.
The child can also be encouraged to add his or her own "goodnights" to special friends and possessions. This helps the child become an willing participant in the process of going to sleep, and provides a sense of security and continuiity. Parents who wish to teach their children spiritual values can incorporate those as well.
I think that this is a good book even for children somewhat younger than four - any child who understands saying "goodnight". The cadence of the book, "goodnight this, goodnight that", creates a soothing rhythm to help relax the child and lull him or her to peaceful sleep, as well as a powerful message that sleep is just another part of life to be welcomed in the rhythm of days.
As a mental health professional, I believe that this book can help children develop a sense of security and object permanence, and can be very good for psychosocial development. I rather imagine that Goodnight Moon helps parents and other caregivers relax as well.