Thank You and Good Night

by Patrick McDonnell

That this bedtime book is a heartfelt tribute to Goodnight, Moon, Babar, and... read more

That this bedtime book is a heartfelt tribute to Goodnight, Moon, Babar, and Winnie-the-Pooh will probably not be obvious to its intended audience. What will be obvious to them is its warmth and delight. Maggie and her bunny, Clement, are hosting elephant Jean and Alan Alexander, a bear, at a sleepover. The animals bounce on the bed, play hide-and-seek, and even practice yoga. And of course there’s a snack (“Nom Nom Nom”). Finally Maggie tucks them all in and reads them their favorite stories “about a majestic elephant, a brave bear, and a quiet bunny….” Maggie then invites them to recite a list of everything they’re thankful for, and the narrative ends with a lyrical, lovely rhyming poem that feels like an embrace, or a goodnight kiss. McDonnell’s beautifully paced story is paired with tender, humorous illustrations that include visual references to all three books. (Ages 2–5)

© Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 2016

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