i recently became part of the Thomas Nelson blogger book review program, and was tickled when The Moon Shines Down, by Margaret Wise Brown, arrived in my mailbox. here’s my first attempt at a book review on this blog!
The Moon Shines Down was written by Margaret Wise Brown and illustrated by Linda Bleck, with additional verses by Laura Minchew. The unfinished manuscript for this sweet children’s book was found in a cedar trunk in a Vermont barn, completely forgotten over the years since Margaret Wise Brown, the author of Goodnight Moon, died in 1952.
A sweet little koala bear travels the world by moonlight, and we are treated to painted illustrations of scenes from countries such as Switzerland, Mexico, France and Australia. Josh is captivated by the details in the illustrations, and by the lovely rhymes in this book. I have to say that I do think it’s a little on the long side *but* since Josh turned 4, his attention span has increased, so i’d say this is great for the 4-6 year old crowd and maybe even a little older.
The words are a great reminder that a loving God sees and cares for us, no matter where we are in the world, no matter what our background, the color of our skin… none of that makes a difference to our loving Heavenly Father. As a mom who is striving to teach her son to love everyone *because* God first loved us, i know this will be a favorite to go back and read many times in the future.