The Moon Shines Down

by Margaret Wise Brown, illustrated by Linda Bleck
Thomas Nelson, 2008Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ (5 of 5)

Margaret Wise Brown, beloved author of Goodnight Moon, passed away 56 years ago – but not before she began writing a charming new story. The unpublished manuscript for The Moon Shines Down was found in an old trunk and completed by talented children’s book publisher, Laura Minchew. Now this wonderful book is available to add to your collection and is sure to be a hit!

The Moon Shines Down is based on the New England sampler prayer, “God Bless the Moon and God Bless Me,” which makes it even more of a special bedtime read for me and my daughter. The words are soothing and poetical and the whimsical paintings draw you in – I felt compelled to take in every detail and enjoy the atmosphere of each picture.

Upon opening The Moon Shines Down to the first page, I was greeted by a spotted cow happily munching on a red tulip in the moonlight. We can peer into a window, lace curtains brushed aside by the breeze, and spy a blond little boy peacefully sleeping in his bed, a half smile on his face. The scene is adorable, and so are the scenes that follow!

In Switzerland
Where the cowbells ring,
The Moon shines down
And the Nightingales sing.
The mountains rise
Into moonlit skies,
And the children dream of edelweiss.

We continue along to visit children in the Swiss Country, the Far, Far East, Mexico, France, Australia, England, and all over the world, being reminded that the moon shines down on them as well as us, and even in the ocean deep.

This timeless children’s story will definitely be a favorite in our family! Who wouldn’t want to gently drift to sleep to these soothing words:

I see the Moon
And the Moon sees me.
God bless the Moon.
And God bless me.

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2 Responses to The Moon Shines Down by Margaret Wise Brown – My Review

  • I love the sampler prayer! We say it all the time since my youngest loves finding the moon in the night sky. I want this book!

  • I absolutely loved this book! I want to buy a copy for all my siblings children! (to share in each family)

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