moon
AT A GLANCE
Age
1-2 years
Touch/Feel/Manipulate?
No
Lift-the-flap?
No
Pop-up?
No
Sound?
No
Available in Spanish?
Yes

Goodnight Moon

By Margaret Wise Brown
HarperFestival

 

While in college I babysat two sisters, and was introduced to this book. I would dread it when they would request this book. The book seemed awfully long and the illustrations were ugly….who has a room that color green anyway? But I was just out of my teens and was not interested in evaluating books back then. Fast forward to when I had my own son, and I thought I should get this book for him simply because of its cultural relevance. Everyone seemed to rave about this book, and I didn’t want my son to be left out, as silly as that sounds.

So when I re-read the book to him at 12 months, I was so surprised how he instantly loved it. The first day we read it 8 times in a row. I soon realized that this book has a rhythm and is soothing to the listener. Heck, it almost put me to sleep a few times. It has a special sound to it. And that’s why this book is important. Because it starts training the ear to meter, prosody, and versification.

After a few months of reading this book several times a day, he no longer wanted me to read it in its entirety, He was content to flip through a few pages and then move on to the next book. I wish he would have enjoyed this book for a longer period of time, but my plan is to simply put this book away for a few months and then reintroduce it.

As mentioned, this book has a rhythm to it, and I would talk in this rhythm while transitioning him to bed. For example, I would put his bath toys away like this: “Good night soap and good night boat and good night little lobster and good night green frog”. When we were going for a nighttime walk I would say “Good night stars, and goodnight moon, Goodnight light and goodnight little moth”. And as soon as I spoke in this rhythm he instantly remembered this book and I’m guessing that he was able to visualize his thoughts and use his imagination to recall this book.  An important lesson indeed!

And the best part is that when I took my son to the children’s museum they had a Good Night Moon room, with the ugly green walls, and the little house and everything else. I can’t pretend I didn’t have a sense of satisfaction when my 15 month old recognized the room. So yes, this book is important because of its cultural relevance and you want your tot to get as much as he can out of the $15 admission to the children’s museum!

Reviewed by Raquel

Book image via amazon.com

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