Friday, February 23, 2018

Goodbye Moon, Hello, Sun! Good Day, Good Night by Margaret Wise Brown

When the sun came up, the day began.

Who saw the first light?

"I," said a bunny. "The only one."

A small brown bunny (and his orange-striped kitty) are the first ones in the little town see the sunrise over the green hills. Sitting quietly on his grassy hill, he watches the town wake up.

First comes the milkman (from the Harey Dairy), placing bottles of fresh milk on each porch as the early bird  tunes up with his first song of the day and catches his first worm for his nestlings. The first bees buzz slowly up from the hive.

Soon the whole town is abuzz, too.  Storekeepers sweep the sidewalk in front of the stores and get ready for their first customers.  Little ones wander out, looking for friends to play ball with them. And our bunny gets in a game and then does his chores, delivering the newspaper to each doorstep and riding his bike home.

Every day is a new surprise.

And all too soon it seems the sun begins to drop lower in the sky.  Bunny and Kitty watch the bees return from their work. Every bunny makes his or her way toward home, and the baby birds sleep under their mother's wings. Bunny says goodnight to the town as twilight comes.

Good night, Kitty. Good night, Bear.

Good night, people. Everywhere.

And if that couplet sounds familiar, it should. In the first publication of this never-before-published book, Good Day, Good Night (Harper, 2017), by beloved author Margaret Wise Brown, we hear the echoes of her most famous bedtime book, Goodnight Moon, still to be written. To bring this brand-new edition to life, noted artist Loren Long creates a cozy bedroom, with red windows and rocking chair reminiscent of that famous nighttime scene, as well as a most charming village of rabbits. Long's illustrations bring this lost story to life in a new book that celebrates the day and the night, and gives youngsters a look at that bedtime bunny's future days and nights. Says Kirkus Reviews, "With pleasing echoes of Brown's famous classic, including bookends of a cow jumping over a moon, this bedtime story will entice families back again and again."

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