Saturday, December 13, 2008
Moon Shines Down, Delightful Bedtime Story Book
“The Moon Shines Down” is a book of sweet verses and bold colors, with words by Margaret Wise Brown (1910-1952) and illustrations by Linda Bleck. Margaret Wise Brown wrote one of my top five favorite children’s books “The Runaway Bunny” and the award winning “Good Night Moon.”
Now children have a new treasure written by her, with the manuscript discovered tucked away in a cedar trunk in a Vermont barn, decades after her death.
The brightly colored illustrations feature a huggable grey panda on each page and a huge golden moon illuminating sleeping children all around the world, including in Zimbabwe, Australia and at Christmas in the United States.
This is a fun book with an international theme, and is almost twelve inches tall so the boldly colored pictures that fill entire pages are large. The last lines are “God bless the moon and God bless me”, which makes this an ideal bedtime story.