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Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown
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Oct 01, 2009

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1. Summary: Perhaps the perfect children's bedtime book, Goodnight Moon is a short poem of goodnight wishes from a young rabbit preparing for--or attempting to postpone--his own slumber. He says goodnight to every object in sight and within earshot, including the "quiet old lady whispering hush." Clement Hurd's illustrations are simple and effective, alternating between small ink drawings and wide, brightly colored views of the little rabbit's room.

2. Reading Level: Early

3. Genre: Fiction

4. Specific curricular uses: Independent reading- could be read by a student that needs a “just right” book. Could be used during shared reading because of the repetition. Children are able to anticipate what comes next and able to say the words with the teacher or when prompted by the teacher.

5. Specific literary elements the book demonstrates: Repetition. Sentences usually begin with the same word for a series of sentences. “Goodnight” begins a lot of sentences. “And” does too. Written in poetic form.

6. Interactions & counteractions of the text & image: The text completely relies on the images. Without these images there would be no story to read. These images carry the text and bring it to life. The images are there to assist readers with visual clues to produce the words.
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