The Beauty of Goodnight Moon

Goodnight MoonMargaret Wise Brown's Goodnight Moon is far and away the book I enjoyed reading to my children most. Those beautiful illustrations by Clement Hurd, that gentle prose... For years my kids fell asleep to this book, it was a staple.

At some point over the past year or so, my youngest outgrew Goodnight Moon. I no longer read it, and it breaks my heart. This entry serves absolutely no purpose except to allow me to reproduce those words here, without permission from the copyright holder.

Goodnight Moon

In the great green room
There was a telephone
And a red balloon
And a picture of --
The cow jumping over the moon
And there were three little bears sitting on chairs
And two little kittens
And a pair of mittens
And a little toyhouse
And a young mouse
And a comb and a brush and a bowl full of mush
And a quiet old lady who was whispering "hush"
Goodnight room
Goodnight moon
Goodnight cow jumping over the moon
Goodnight light
And the red balloon
Goodnight bears
Goodnight chairs
Goodnight kittens
And goodnight mittens
Goodnight clocks
And goodnight socks
Goodnight little house
And goodnight mouse
Goodnight comb
And goodnight brush
Goodnight nobody
Goodnight mush
And goodnight to the old lady whispering "hush"
Goodnight stars
Goodnight air
Goodnight noises everywhere

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I still have my copy for when I was a kid.

January 12, 2010 @ 3:25 PM

Jason C

I have a 2.5 year old and and a 6 year old and I usually pause after .."and a little old lady whispering..." so that they can finish the sentence with "hush". I am sure you are the same but it's to the point where I don't even need the book to tell the story.

January 12, 2010 @ 3:53 PM


I am shocked....shocked I tell you!

You didn't mention Kima and Elijah using Goodnight, Moon to say good night to the citizens of Baltimore!

"Goodnight, hoppers"
"Goodnight, fiends"


January 13, 2010 @ 11:49 AM

Claudia Pearson

Goodnight Moon is more complicated than most people think. It is the second book in Brown's Oedipal trilogy, the first is The Runaway Bunny. Parents who want to know more should read Have a Carrot: Oedipal Theory and Symbolism in Margaret Wise Brown's Runaway Bunny Trilogy, Look Again Press (2010)

August 21, 2010 @ 7:57 PM

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