Goodnight Moon has become a permanent feature of our bedtime routine. The first time I read it to E, we watched his eyes glaze over and he zoned out. When the story was over, he asked for me to read it again. So we would repeat the process and the eyes would glaze over again and he would be almost asleep. I read this story to him at least 3 times each night (if not more).
There must be something about the rhythm of the words. I find myself reading the story very softly and very slowly. This is not something that I do on purpose, so it must be the words right?
I headed over to my trust friend wikipedia to see what I could find about one of the most beloved bed time stories ever. I found out some interesting things.
Goodnight Moon is classic children’s literature in North America. The text is a poem, written in simple feminine rhyme, describing a bunny’s bedtime ritual of saying “goodnight” to various objects in the bunny’s bedroom: the telephone, the bunny’s dollhouse, the bears, etc.One aspect of this book is the wealth of detail in the illustrations. Although the entire story takes place in a single room, the careful reader or child will notice numerous details from page to page, including:
- the hands on the two clocks progress from 7 PM to 8:10 PM. (I never even looked at the clocks. But you bet I looked at it now!)
- the young mouse and kittens wander around the room. The mouse is present in all pages showing the room.
- the red balloon hanging over the bed disappears in several of the color plates, then reappears at the end. (Another thing I never noticed. Maybe I have been concentrating to much on my sleepy boy instead of the story.)
- the room lighting grows progressively darker.
- the moon rises in the left-hand window.
- the socks disappear from the drying rack.
- the open book in the bookshelf is The Runaway Bunny.
- the book on the nightstand is Goodnight Moon.
- in the painting of the cow jumping over the moon, the mailbox in the right-hand side of the painting occasionally disappears.
- in the painting of the three bears, the painting hanging in the bears’ room is a painting of a cow jumping over the moon.
- the painting of the fly-fishing bunny, which appears only in two color plates, appears to be black and white (or otherwise devoid of color). It is very similar to a picture in the book “The Runaway Bunny“.
- the number of books in the bookshelf changes.
- the pendulum of the bedside clock disappears in the final room scene
I never thought that we would get “into” Goodnight Moon. I had never read it before really and never paid any attention to it. But I have to admit, I am starting to fall in love with it. And I look forward to bedtime so that I can read it to my sleepy boy.