The Moon Shines Down by Margaret Wise Brown; Illustrated by Linda Bleck

51bea6lbo3l_bo2204203200_pisitb-sticker-arrow-clicktopright35-76_aa240_sh20_ou01_I received this book in the post from Thomas Nelson publishers for a review. I have never read a Margaret Wise Brown book before. Author of over 100 children’s stories, including Goodnight Moon Margaret Wise Brown died very young in 1952 at the age of 42. This story was found in an old trunk held together by rusty paper clips. 

I read this book to my five year old son Sam one evening for bed. The story is based on an old New England prayer God bless the moon and God bless me. The style is in a rhyming prose and begins in Holland with The Moon shines down and shed its beams, on a house with a stork where a dutch boy dreams, of tulip fields by quiet streams, in his flat Dutch land of cheese and creams. The book then goes around the world, to Switzerland, Asia, Mexico, France, Australia, Africa, England and Israel (the moon shone down on the Christ child). 

It was easy and fun to read, although once or twice the rhyming did not quite fit. However, Sam really enjoyed it and we used the story to pray for the children in all the countries mentioned. The illustrations are bright and vivid and fun and really enjoyable to look at. 

This is a fun and useful book to read to your child at night.

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