Goodnight Moon 123: A Counting Book (Board Book) by Margaret Wise Brown

Goodnight Moon 123: A Counting Book (Board Book)
Margaret Wise Brown
HarperFestival (2007)
ISBN 9780061125973
Reviewed by Cayden (age 3.5) and Max (age 19-months) Aures and n                                      Mom for Reader Views (4/08)

“Goodnight Moon 123: A Counting Book” takes the familiar illustrations from the original classic “Goodnight Moon” and arranges them into a counting board book.  The book has a very simple format.  Each page consists of a number, an illustration, and then short text saying what it is.  For example, on one page there is the text and picture of “Six bowls of mush” and then the number “6” in the top corner of the page.

Cayden:  “I have a ‘Goodnight Moon’ book and a ‘Goodnight Moon’ game!”

Cayden:  “Look mom!  There is the mouse that is in the other book!”

Cayden:  “There is the old lady who whispers hush!”

Max:  “Hush!”

Cayden:  “One hundred stars is a lot of stars.”

Parent’s comments:
Cayden and Max love the original “Goodnight Moon” book and Cayden pretty much knows it by heart.  When he saw the illustrations in this book he was able to finish “reading” what the page said before I was able to read it to him.  He enjoyed showing Max how to count the different pictures on each page.

We do own other counting books but to my children “Goodnight Moon: 123 A Counting Book” is familiar and that is very appealing to them.  I also like that the number and the actual written out word for the number are printed in a different color than the rest of the words on the page to assist in word recognition.

For counting books the more basic the format the better.  I have seen so many that are just too cluttered and that takes away from the true purpose of the book.  My children enjoyed this book and with Cayden reading it over and over to his brother, Max will be counting in no time!

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