Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Goodnight Songs by Margaret Wise Brown

From Margaret Wise Brown, author of the beloved Goodnight Moon, comes a previously unpublished collection of charming lullabies, gorgeously illustrated by 12 award-winning artists. The roster of celebrated names includes Carin Berger, whose The Little Yellow Leaf was a New York Times Best Illustrated Children's Book; Eric Puybaret, who brought the bestselling Puff, the Magic Dragon to life on the page; Coretta Scott King Honor Award winner Sean Qualls; and Caldecott Honor medalist Melissa Sweet. An accompanying CD, with lilting songs beautifully composed and sung by Emily Gary and Tom Proutt, makes this the perfect gift to wish children a sweet goodnight.
The illustrators are:
Jonathan Bean * Carin Berger * Sophie Blackall * Linda Bleck * Renata Liwska * Christopher Silas Neal  * Zachariah OHora * Eric Puybaret * Sean Qualls *  Isabel Roxas * Melissa Sweet * Dan Yaccarino 

Goodnight Songs has twelve nighttime songs each with it's own story illustration. The pictures are each very different, fun, whimsical. I can picture children spending hours absorbed in the illustrations with the young children, animals, flowers and fantastic landscapes. The songs with the guitar accompaniment are relaxing, sort of like folk songs in their way. I particularly enjoyed Sleep like a Rabbit and with its catchy tune and lovely picture of a young girl, and rabbit hanging out with a polar bear. Highly recommended!

  • Age Range: 3 - 6 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - Kindergarten
  • ISBN-10: 1454904461 - Hardcover $17.95
  • Publisher: Sterling Children's Books; Har/Com edition (March 4, 2014), 28 pages.
  • Review copy courtesy of the publisher and the Amazon Prime Reviewers Program.

About the Author:
Margaret Wise Brown is one of the most popular children's authors of all time; her classic Goodnight Moon (HarperFestival), illustrated by Clement Hurd, has sold more than twenty-four million copies and her books—including Big Red Barn (Harper Festival), The Runaway Bunny(HarperCollins), and The Golden Egg Book (Simon & Schuster)—have never been out of print. Several generations have grown up with her timeless stories and her influence has been felt around the world.

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