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The plot could not be simpler: A young bunny says goodnight to the objects and creatures in a green-walled bedroom, drifting gradually to sleep as the lights dim and the moon glows in a big picture window. Goodnight Moon has sold more than 48 million copies since it was published in It has been translated into at least a dozen languages, from Spanish to Hmong, and countless parents around the world have read it to their sleepy children. Author Margaret Wise Brown, subject of a new biography, based Goodnight Moon on her own childhood ritual of saying goodnight to the toys and other objects in the nursery she shared with her sister Roberta, a memory that came back to her in a vivid dream as an adult. The text she jotted down upon waking is at once both cozy and unsettling, mimicking and inducing the unmoored feeling that comes with drifting away to sleep. This exercise feels dangerous, since a close reading may raise more questions than answers when was the bunny planning to eat that mush, anyway? She may not be a household name like Beatrix Potter or Dr. In college, she admired Modernist writers like Virginia Woolf and Gertrude Stein, although she devoted more energy to the equestrian team than to academics.
Your browser doesn't support HTML5 audio. Here is a link to download the audio instead. In this classic of children's literature, beloved by generations of readers and listeners, the quiet poetry of the words and the gentle, lulling illustrations combine to make a perfect book for the end of the day. In a great green room, tucked away in bed, is a little bunny. One of the most beloved books of all time, Goodnight Moon is a must for every bookshelf and a time-honored gift for baby showers and other special events. We'd love you to buy this book, and hope you find this page convenient in locating a place of purchase. The broadest selection of online bookstores.