by Margaret Wise Brown
Published August 4, 2015
Sterling Children's Books
Review copy provided by publisher.
Did you know that Margaret Wise Brown, the beloved author/illustrator of classic books such as Goodnight Moon, Runaway Bunny and many more was also a songwriter? Well I didn't, until now. Apparently Wise, who died far too young at the age of 42, had only a few of her songs produced before her death. The rest were locked away in a truck in her sister's basement for decades.
As with her best-selling Goodnight Songs, each of the twelve songs in this collection are brought to life by twelve award-winning artists such as Peter Brown, Floyd Cooper, Molly Idle and Bob Staake. The songs cover such topics as nature, animals and seasons. Each page is a work of art with every song page having its own unique style and theme.
While the songs could be read as poetry, they are meant to be sung so this book comes with a CD! Each song has a folky feel with music and a singer whose voice will appeal to young listeners. The music was composed by Tom Prout and songs were sung by Emily Gary. Among my favorite songs was the lively Fall of the Year. I can imagine children singing and dancing the "Bunny Jig" and imagining "Kitten's Dream".
Goodnight Songs: A Celebration of the Seasons would make a great gift for any child ages 3-6. It would also be a fabulous addition to a classroom collection.
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