Okay, so I know that I have picked on a certain classic children's book (Goodnight, Moon)about a certain great, green room and that icky bowl of mush. I mean, I have so many questions. Mushed what? Is it hot, cold, replaced daily with new mush or is it a week old? Is it for eating in the middle of the night or are these bunny parents geniuses for setting out their child's breakfast the night before so they can sleep a little later? (Note to self: leave a box of granola bars in kids' room so they don't come storming into my room at 6 a.m. asking for pancakes.)
But, I have to say, after a little research, I have a new-found respect for Goodnight, Moon and Margaret Wise Brown See that article here.
Well, if you love Goodnight, Moon, you will love The House in The Night by Susan Marie Swanson. It is the story of a child with a great imagination. As day turns to night, the child gets ready for bed and reads a book that comes to life. The bird in the book flies off the page and takes the child on a magical flight over their town.
The words possess the same metered and meditative pace as Goodnight, Moon, and the story is simple and calm. Perfect for bedtime reading! What I love most are the illustrations. They are full of life and motion, and they add a really exciting element to a simple story. If you want to check out more of Beth Krommes work, check out her website. recommended age: toddlers and preschoolers
Have you read this book? It won the Caldecott Medal in 2009. Do you also have a love/hate relationship with Goodnight, Moon or any other classic kids book, for that matter? Tell me about it in the comments!