Monday, November 24, 2008

The Moon Shines Down - Book Review and Giveaway

A new, never before published, Margaret Wise Brown book has entered the children's book world titled, The Moon Shines Down. How can this be, you ask? Well, although Margaret Wise Brown died in 1952, several of her unpublished manuscripts have survived, left undisturbed with rusting paperclips in a cedar trunk for decades. The book, The Moon Shines Down is one of those rescued treasures, completed by Laura Minchew and lovingly illustrated by Linda Bleck.

The Moon Shines Down is a picture storybook blessing for the children of the world. The familiar nursery rhyme and prayer, "I see the moon, and the moon sees me; God bless the moon, and God bless me" forms the basis of book's rhyming text. Rich, vibrant illustrations on glossy paper showcase a little grey koala bear as he travels the world and observes all the animals and people slumbering under the same bright yellow moon. In fact, if you look closely, you can find the koala bear on every page spread (sometimes a bit hidden) just like the little mouse in the color illustrations of Goodnight Moon. The book includes the following geographical locations: the Netherlands, Switzerland, the Far East, Mexico, France, Australia, England, Africa, and an unspecified ocean. My daughter and I have had fun trying to find the locations on our world globe. The book undoubtedly would make a wonderful Christmas present. Christmas night is featured on four pages toward the end of the book, with verses reading, "The Moon shines bright on Christmas night..." and "the Moon sees the Christ Child, Heaven's Baby."

I want to mention that the book was written from an unfinished, unpublished manuscript by Margaret Wise Brown that was too short for publication. Laura Minchew took on the task to complete the book, so her verses are intermingled with those of Margaret Wise Brown. Additionally, one verse describes Africa as a country, not a continent. I wish the book included a map of the world and an earth/moon picture to encourage some beginning geography and astronomy lessons. That being said, I myself am delighted to have this book by Margaret Wise Brown to read to my children and add to our library, especially with Christmas coming up soon.

The Moon Shines Down by Margaret Wise Brown, illustrated by Linda Bleck. Thomas Nelson (November 2008), 48 pages, ISBN 9781400312993

Win a Copy! Thomas Nelson Publishers has kindly sent me three (3) hardcover copies of The Moon Shines Down to give away to my readers.

To enter, visit Thomas Nelson - Books for Kids and leave a comment here telling me which book interests you the most besides The Moon Shines Down.

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Shelly B said...

Oh, I would love My Little Girl by Tim McGraw. The Moon Shines Down looks great...thanks for the giveaway.

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Shelly B said...

I will be blogging about your contest on my Wednesday Wanderings this week. I will post the link when I do.

RebekahC said...

I'm with Shelburns- I think that My Little Girl by Tim McGraw sounds just wonderful. That's pretty exciting about The Moon Shines Down. We'd love to get our name in the hat.


Mommy In Pink said...

What an excellent giveaway...I would love the Sweet little princess book or My little girl the most!

clenna said...

I would love to give my grand daughter:
My Little Girl
by Tim McGraw and Tom Douglas.

Jenna said...

I would like the My Little Girl book. Thanks for the giveaway!

Libby Design said...

I'd love to get the "Hermie and the High Seas" book...gotta love finding great books that teach kids about how important it is to follow Jesus!!

Sweetpeas said...

We love Hermie & Friends!! And we don't have Hermie & the High Seas, must add that to our collection LOL.

Anonymous said...

Sweet Dreams Princess sounds great!

I would love this book, I've read many of her stories as a child also.


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Tiffany @ Lattes And Life said...

My Little Girl...I saw that book shortly after I found out I was pregnant again. I can't wait to get it for my husband if we end up having a girl this time!!
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April G said...

I'd love Boomtown (and I'm sure my little boy would love it too).

Stephanie said...

My husband and I have a 2-year-old "little beauty" and another little girl on the way in March so I think we'd appreciate "My Little Girl" in our house. :)

But I'm also intrigued by "The Moon Shines Down." "Good Night Moon" is a favorite in our house so I bet this one would be well-loved as well. I especially am a fan of the interactive features in both books - where you can find the mouse (and, in this case, the koala...) on every page.

Stephanie said...

I also blogged about this giveaway as part of my Tuesday Tours column:

Meg said...

I would love to win this for my daughter! Goodnight Moon (the original) is still her favorite.

I also like the Sweet Dreams Princess -- my daughter would be smitten with it because it's princess themed, and I like that it's a child-sized devotional!
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Jen Mc said...

I would like to get the Buginnings #4: Colors by Max Lucado. I had no idea he wrote children's books as well.


Anonymous said...

God Bless Me! friend reads it to her daughter, and I'd love that book or another from that series for my son.

He also adores Margaret Wise Brown stories!

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Anonymous said...

Besides The Moon Shines Down, I am interested in Boomtown.

Annie1 said...

Goodnight Warrior is a book I'm interested in!

Thanks so much

Wendy said...

I would love to read My Little Girl! That's Tim McGraw? Like Mr Faith Hill? How cool is that!


Brandy P said...

I have the original Gigi: God's Little Princess and my daughter loves the fun educational storyline along with the ever so pink illustrations. So, I would opt for Gigi, God's Little Princess: Gigi's First Day of School. Nice giveaway. The Moon Shines Down sounds wonderful.

mum2twelve said...

I checked out the Nelson website and was intrigued that they had a Spanish section. I was hoping it was for children but it was for adults. We speak Spanish at home and I am always tickled to pick up a familiar book in Spanish to read to the little ones.
Hoping I win one of your three copies of the Moon Shines Down, maybe it will be translated one day!

Nadi said...

I like All Things Bright and Beautiful. Thanks for the contest!

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princess210 said...

I would love My Little girl by Tim McGraw. Thanks for having such a great giveaway.

Becky said...

I have to say I want to read My Little Girl. I love Tim and Faith and I really love that he wrote this book.

Thanks so much!

Donna said...

Sweet dreams princess. I would love to have a copy. I am also going to subscribe to your site. I hope you drop by mine too.

Shooting Stars Mag said...

My Little Girl would be awesome, just b/c I grew up on country and Tim McGraw is just one of the big names of that genre.

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justicecw said...

When Santa Turned Green looks like a cute one! thanks,

Shooting Stars Mag said...

I blogged:

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