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Hello, Moon

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This perfect bedtime read-aloud describes that magical time, just as we're drifting off to sleep, when the moon the moon shines brightly and life emerges from the forest.

Hello moon,
Goodbye sun.
Night is near,
Day is done.

When the sun goes down and most of us are getting ready for bed, the nighttime animals of the forest all wake up to the light of the moon. It calls to the them, from the slyest fox to the tiniest mouse, who feasts on leaves and fruit and scurries beneath the brush.

A gentle rhyming text that will appeal to the youngest child is illustrated with soft and dreamy artwork in this perfect bedtime book in the tradition of Goodnight Moon.

32 pages, Hardcover

Published May 25, 2021

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Julie Downing

87 books9 followers
Julie Downing is the illustrator of more than forty-five picture books and a professor of watercolor and children’s book illustration. She lives in California.

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6,047 reviews2,390 followers
June 23, 2021
This one features the perfect marriage of text, and gorgeous illustrations to help a child wind down, and get ready for sleepytime.


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2,385 reviews35 followers
May 25, 2021
A sweet and comforting bedtime book. Nature, rhyming text (of only a couple words per page) accompany lush illustrations of animals in nature, a storm, etc. The color palette of deep blues and greens was very relaxing!
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4,347 reviews
June 17, 2021
Nothing particularly original here but it’s pleasant.
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Author 5 books21 followers
July 5, 2022
A lovely, lyrical, vibrantly illustrated book about the natural world at night. Wake up with the nocturnal animals and experience a night full of exploration, foraging, and a little danger. The gentle text would make for a good bedtime read. The rhyme flows fairly well, though there are a few imperfect rhymes in the text. I don't think that detracts too much from the overall flow of the story, though.
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31 reviews
April 18, 2022
A wonderful rhyming story of how night turns into day and all of the creatures that scurry about during the nighttime. Students will be able to see pictures of nighttime animals. The illustrations get lighter as the book moves along. The book's beginning, "Night is near, Day is done," ties nicely with the book's ending of "Hello, day!/Goodbye, night!"
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2,731 reviews24 followers
June 29, 2021
A book with simple rhyming text about nighttime. I didn't find the overall book very interesting since there isn't a story line but if you were talking about things that happen at night, this would be useful.
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173 reviews19 followers
August 31, 2021
LOVE - I want to take all of these gorgeous pictures and hang them in order around the walls of a nursery that matches the colors and themes of this story. And the lovely small snippets of rhyming text would make this a wonderful bedtime story.
1,280 reviews
September 19, 2021
This one was sort of under the radar but I'll file it away as a lovely bedtime read-aloud and gorgeous gift for families. The illustrations are delightful and the cadence of the minimal text so soothing.
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1,437 reviews20 followers
June 26, 2021
A good bedtime book or final story of a babytime/toddlertime. Longer than Lobel's Hello, Day, but just as easy with its rhymes. A lovely counterpart.
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10.2k reviews94 followers
August 26, 2021
The delightful, atmospheric illustrations are really the standout here in this calming nighttime poem.
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October 9, 2021
Gorgeous artwork in lush jewel tones beautifully complements the simple, soporific rhyming text about the activities of nocturnal animals who bed down by morning light.
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248 reviews12 followers
March 19, 2022
This is supposed to be a bedtime book for children, but dang if it doesn’t work just as well for adults! The gorgeous art and the nice flowing rhymes gave me ASMR vibes. So soothing!
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