January 9, 2009

Book Review: The Moon Shines Down

The Moon Shines Down

by Margaret Wise Brown

A child can travel the world in The Moon Shines Down. Based on the New England sampler prayer, “God Bless the Moon and God Bless Me” the koala sees the moon and prays in a different part of the world on each page. On each vibrantly, colorfully illustrated page the same moon looks down on the Dutch boy, in Swiss Country, in the far, far East, in Mexico, on the little French children, the Australian children, the English boys, the children in Zimbabwe, on Christmas night and the fishes of the deep; the koala prays, “God bless the Moon and God bless me.”

It is a delightful story written in the same tradition of Margaret Wise Brown’s bestseller, Goodnight Moon soon-to-be a bedtime classic.

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