A Child's Good Night Book

by Margaret Wise Brown

Other authorsJean Charlot (Illustrator)
Paperback, 2000



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HarperCollins Publishers (2000)


Animals, people, and things become quiet and sleep when night comes.

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LibraryThing member AbigailAdams26
Celebrated children's author Margaret Wise Brown, creator of such childhood classics as Goodnight Moon and The Runaway Bunny, here delivers a sweet little bedtime tale, one which will lull little children to sleep with its gentle text and charming artwork. As night comes on, the book presents
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little children with a series of animals who seek their rest, from sleepy sheep to sleepy pussycats, culminating with children who say their prayers and go to bed. The book concludes with a little prayer: "Dear Father, hear and bless / Thy beasts and singing birds, / And guard with tenderness / Small things that have no words."

Chosen as a Caldecott Honor Book in 1944 - other titles to be selected that year include Small Rain: Verses from the Bible, Pierre Pidgeon, The Mighty Hunter and Good Luck Horse - this little book has lots of quiet appeal. The text is repetitive but engaging, slowly building up the sense of sleepiness with each scene, and the lithograph artwork is charming. The picture of the sleeping pussycats was particularly adorable! With the caveat that non-religious families will want to be aware that this book closes with a prayer, and make their decisions about reading it accordingly, I recommend A Child's Good Night Book to those looking for bedtime books for little ones.
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LibraryThing member paroof
A perfect bedtime book. However it does have a little prayer at the end and a couple of illustrations at the end that include angels, so if you don't want that I wouldn't recommend this book. But I was surprised by how much I enjoy reading it and by how much my toddler likes listening to it.
LibraryThing member sharletkanehl
Nighttime is coming. All of the animals and children are getting ready to sleep. Every animal and child gets ready for bed. They all fall fast asleep.
Personal Reaction:
I love how this book describes all of the different activities that every animal does just before they go to sleep. The
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illustrations and descriptions of the animals winding down for sleep came across to me as really believable. I was actually able to picture real life animals doing these activities before going to sleep.
Classroom Extension Ideas:
This book would work well if read to students after recess or a very energetic activity. However, this book should only be read by the teacher to students if they needed to clam down.
This book gives a great description of several animals and activities that they do everyday, so it would be great if it were used to expand on or explore further any one of the many animals that are mentioned.
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LibraryThing member elpowers
Great night-time story, also makes a great storytime book.
LibraryThing member Fjola
Everybody goes "Night Night" ...
LibraryThing member Whisper1
A Caldecott Honor book that has loving phrases and sentences to paint a picture of everything settling down, quieting through the night in preparation for the release that sleep brings.


Caldecott Medal (Honor Book — 1944)


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