Thursday, February 26, 2009

The Moon Shines Down

The Moon Shines Down by Margaret Wise Brown

The manuscript for this story by Margaret Wise Brown, the author of Goodnight Moon, was found after sitting for decades in a dusty trunk. The story is based on the New England prayer “God Bless the Moon and God Bless Me” and reminds us of the important truth that just as the same moon shines down on all people, so God looks with love on all people.

The brightly coloured illustrations by Linda Bleck are charming; my five year old son loved the “huge” moon that shone down on the children from all different countries. The cutest koala is the main character. We had great fun is searching him out on each page as he travels from land to land.

The story incorporates rhyme and repetition making it a good choice for preschoolers who love to follow along and join in some of the reading. It has become a popular bedtime selection at our house and I would recommend it for children aged 3-6 years old.

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