“Goodnight Songs: A Celebration Of The Seasons” By Margaret Wise Brown. (Book Review) |
Margaret Wise Brown is the beloved author of many children’s books such as “Goodnight Moon” and “The Runaway Bunny” (two classics that are our favorites) among many others which we have quickly grown to love. Sadly, Margaret passed away at the age of forty two after a routine appendectomy, but she left behind nearly 100 books written over 15 years of her life, as well as contracts with 3 different record companies to create songs for her hundreds of unpublished poems. Those poems sat in storage in her sister’s barn until now when they are given a new life. “Goodnight Songs” is a collection of these poems put to music (a CD is included with the lovely accompanying music!) and illustrated by 12 seriously talented children’s book illustrators. The poems are set perfectly to music by Tom Proutt and Emily Gary who have successfully found a way to evoke the images and words on the page to bring out a feeling of the animals, plants and seasons in nature we are reading about. The music is romantic, harmonic, curious and playful. I believe Margaret Wise Brown would be thrilled to know that her songs are already well loved in our home; Dolly and I sing and dance to them daily! This book traveled with us on vacation so that we could experience it in different nature settings, which was really special too!
Title: Goodnight Songs: A Celebration of the Seasons: Illustrated by Twelve Award-Winning Picture Book Artists
Author: Margaret Wise Brown
Publisher: Sterling Children’s Books
Release Date: August 4, 2015