Friday, March 14, 2014

Goodnight Songs by Margaret Wise Brown - book and CD

Goodnight Songs by Margaret Wise Brown is a children's book with selections from songs that Margaret Wise Brown wrote before her death. Packed away for decades, they were just recently brought to light, a selection illustrated and put into book form, the lyrics scored and recorded. 

When I read Goodnight Songs, I have to admit I thought they might be a little awkward to read aloud to a child because they're not overly heavy on rhyme and rhythm. The illustrations are gorgeous but I think the book is best flipped through at leisure by a child with the songs playing in the background. The music itself is wonderful - very folksy and gentle.  I love it so much that I sometimes just play it as comforting background music.  I can particularly visualize the music playing in a preschool during free time or nap time.  It's less sing-along, more relaxation/playtime music, in my humble opinion.

Regardless, I love the book and highly recommend Goodnight Songs those with preschoolers and young elementary children, in particular. The music is beautiful, the illustrations gorgeous, the lyrics not-so-rhythmic but they're probably a lot more comfortable to read aloud once you've done so a few times. 

You can get a peek inside Goodnight Songs, here.

My thanks to Sterling Children's Books for the review copy of Goodnight Songs

Brief update because I've been offline:

Our home Internet connection went hinky 2 days ago so I'm actually preparing this post as I sit in a McDonald's, using their wireless and Kiddo's laptop.  I don't have a device that's connected to the Internet by any other means (my phone is one step up from the stupidest kind of phone you can get - no fancy features that allow me to get online; and, my ancient, 1st-gen. iPad doesn't have 3G or whatever people use, these days . . . basically, we're tech cheapskates) so until we get the problem resolved there won't be any posts.  We've got a technician coming this afternoon so hopefully they'll get us back up and running, soon. 

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