Item description for The Moon Shines Down by Margaret Wise Brown, Linda Bleck & Laura Minchew...
Overview From the lost manuscripts of renowned children's author Brown, this bedtime story is based on the classic New England Sampler prayer, God Bless the Moon and God Bless Me. The poetic verse of the text shows a child praying for God's blessing on children in different parts of the world and themselves as the moon shines down on them all.
"The Moon Shines Down"
by Margaret Wise Brown
Illustrated by Linda Bleck
Forgotten for decades in a dusty, tucked-away trunk, "The Moon Shines Down" brings to life once more the unmistakable voice of Margaret Wise Brown. This soon-to-be classic allows a whole new generation of children to discover, cherish, and enjoy the artistry of this beloved author.
Never before published, "The Moon Shines Down" on children all over the world from right next door to across the sea, from where "a Dutch boy dreams" and "cowbells ring" to "across the sea in the Far, Far East," through the familiar prayer:
I see the Moon
And the Moon sees me.
God bless the Moon,
And God bless me.
Margaret Wise Brown (1910-1952) was a pioneer of children's literature, choosing to write the stories that children wanted to hear-rather than those that grown-ups wanted to tell. She is best known for her now classic "Good Night Moon" and "Runaway Bunny," which remain among the world's best-selling children's books.
Margaret was a prolific writer, and, at the peak of her career, she had over 100 books in print. Her untimely death left numerous manuscripts and ideas behind in various stages of completion. After a time, these were tucked away in a cedar trunk and largely forgotten. It is from this forgotten trunk that "The Moon Shines Down" was rescued.
Illustrator Linda Bleck began her artistic career as a child, drawing on rolls of old blueprint paper supplied by her architect father. Later, she helped her mother, a freelance illustrator for Hallmark, paint in the details of her intricate drawings. Linda's work has appeared in "The NewYorker," "Time Magazine," and the" Wall Street Journal." She is also the writer and illustrator of the "Pepper the Dog" series, which won the National Parenting Publication Award.
Linda and her family now live in southern Wisconsin . . . where the moon shines down on them, one and all.
The Story Behind the Lost Manuscript . . .
"The Moon Shines Down"
from MARGARET WISE BROWN,
the Author of "Goodnight Moon"
"The Moon Shines Down "is being published for the first time 56 years after the death of the beloved children's author Margaret Wise Brown.
Amazingly, this unpublished manuscript lay incomplete and forgotten in a cedar trunk in a Vermont barn. When it was discovered, the onionskin paper had yellowed and the paperclips that held the pages together had rusted. Children's book publisher, Laura Minchew, a longtime fan of Brown, took on the challenge to complete the work.
Based on the New England Sampler prayer, "God Bless the Moon and God Bless Me," this soon-to-be bedtime classic is a prayer for God's blessing on all the world's children.
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Studio: Thomas Nelson
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 11" Width: 8.5" Height: 0.5" Weight: 1.1 lbs.
Release Date Nov 4, 2008
Publisher Thomas Nelson
ISBN 140031299X ISBN13 9781400312993
Availability 0 units.
More About Margaret Wise Brown, Linda Bleck & Laura Minchew
Few writers have been as attuned to the concerns and emotions of childhood as Margaret Wise Brown (1910-1952). A graduate of Hollins College and the progressive Bank Street College of Education, she combined her literary aspirations with the study of child development. Her unique ability to see the world through a child's eyes is unequaled. Her many classic books continue to delight thousands of young listeners and readers year after year.
Margaret Wise Brown--probably most famous for writing "Good Night Moon "and "The Runaway Bunny"--was also a prolific and bestselling Golden Books author. Her "Golden Egg Book," "Home for a Bunny," "The Color Kittens," and "The Sailor Dog "count among the most popular storybooks for children of the last 60 years.
SPANISH BIO: Muy pocos escritores de literatura infantil han logrado captar las emociones e inquietudes de la ninez como Margaret Wise Brown (1910-1952). Sus numerosos y ya clasicos libros y grabaciones continuan deleitando a lectores y oyentes de todas las edades.
Margaret Wise Brown lived in the state of New York. Margaret Wise Brown was born in 1910 and died in 1952.
Reviews - What do customers think about The Moon Shines Down?
Excellent Apr 16, 2010
An excellent book for kids of ALL ages. Very enjoyable and excellent art work. Be sure to look for the hiding pandas!
Great verse! Nov 16, 2009
We love this book its illustrations and verse. We love to find the Koala in each of the pictures and see how he interacts with each culture. Great Book.
Christmas imagery - a little annoying Sep 19, 2009
While my three year old and I really enjoy this book, I wish that I had realized before I purchased it that the scenes regarding children in America center around Christmas and the "Christ child." While I am a Christian and this doesn't bother me from a religious standpoint, I just wish that I had known it. Personally, books about a holiday annoy me to read at other times of the year. And, if you are not a Christian, this book may irritate you that what it includes about America is centered around Christianity. Just a heads up! Other than that, I really find this book charming and it has opened up great discussions with my three year old about world geography & world cultures.
The Moon Shines Down Jun 24, 2009
This book is based on a lost (and unfinished) manuscript by Margaret Wise Brown (author of the beloved Goodnight Moon). That manuscript was based on an English nursery rhyme:
I see the moon and the moon sees me God bless the moon and God bless me.
I have admit that I'm not the most ardent fan of Margaret Wise Brown. Goodnight Moon, for example has an odd rhyme scheme/rhythm and the illustrations could be called uninspiring. But it is a book that grows on you because so many children respond so strongly to it. There's something about the combination of the cadence of the story and simplicity of the drawings that is appealing to very young children. Just don't even get me started on The Runaway Bunny.
So, about this book - The general gist of the `story' is that the moon shines its light all over the world. There is a little poem and illustrations for different regions of the world. It has the same odd rhyming pattern as Goodnight Moon. Some of the rhymes are good. Others are a little clunky.
The illustrations are similarly hit or miss. I really liked the idea of representations of children from all around the world with foreign back drops to match. The drawings have a vintage 1950s feel and some are really striking with vibrant colors. The children from the Far East are just too precious for words. Others are just so-so.
I think this book will really appeal to religious families since there is a clear message of Christian faith through out the book. It will also appeal to families who want to expose their children to a global perspective.
Great illustration, terrible rhythm and rhyme Jun 18, 2009
We bought this book because our daughter is obsessed with the moon and we also enjoy reading Goodnight Moon, however Goodnight Moon is in a different class from this book. It seems to me that this book was written by someone that has not the basic grasp of writing rhythm and rhyme. The rhyming in the text in places is bad and other times it is simply awful. Not sure how this got past an editor. I don't have the book in front of my but I know one particular stinker is the Mexico page, where the writer writes something like "God bless the children in Mexico and the Toucan with her funny nose"??? (This line was supposed to rhyme!) I find this book very awkward to read.
The saving grace, and the reason I gave the book 2 stars is that the book is very nicely illustrated, which my daughter loves. I tend to avoid reading the text and make up stories of our own, about the animals or people in the book.
This book's text is a major let-down, we quite often show it to our friends for fun to see there reactions to the awful rhymes.