Saturday, January 11, 2014

Children's Book Review: The Moon Shines Down

It has been awhile since I've posted, but I have a pretty good excuse for that - my seven week old baby Declan!

That's my little cutie!

Having a tiny baby around makes things a little harder to do. Who knew? I have all these plans for the day, but somehow my day escapes me before I can get any of them done. I'm finally now getting around to posting and I do have a craft project on the way(if I can find the time to complete it). So keep an eye out for that one! 

One thing I have really enjoyed doing with Declan is reading books to him at night. He is only seven weeks old, but he is super alert and already tries to focus on the pictures in front of him! Proud mommy moment ;)! 

One book that he has seemed to take a liking to is The Moon Shines Down by Margaret Wise Brown. 

This book actually has an interesting back story. The author of this book also wrote the beloved children's book, Goodnight Moon. After her death, the manuscript for this book was found in an old trunk that she owned. It had never been published. After reading through it, they decided to publish it with some pages added by a children's book publisher, Laura Minchew. The finished product is beautiful.

The story takes the reader across the world and shows how the moon shines on all the children around the world and how God blesses each of these children in each country. The pictures are beautifully illustrated and really capture the beauty of the countries. I also like the rhyming throughout the book. I find that it is easier to read children's books to children if there are rhyming patterns because then it almost comes out like a song. It has captured the attention of my little one at least! 

I would highly recommend this book especially for story time at night. With most of the children in the book going to sleep it is an easy lead into your own child's bedtime and it might introduce the concept of the world to your little one. Ultimately it has a nice message of how the moon shines down on all the people in the world equally and God blesses each one. 


  1. Great post Theresa! Declan is so adorable and I love that you are reading to him so young. One of my dear friends supplied me with many children's books as a baby shower gift, and I can't wait to dive into them with our little one soon.

  2. Thank you, Theresa! I loved both of the photos- adorable on all accounts. This sounds like a great children's book, especially with the thought of introducing your child to the world. I too think it is a great idea to start reading to your baby right away! I loved the "Goodnight Moon" shout out- it reminded me of our roomie college days :)

  3. Awww this post is adorable -- thanks for sharing Theresa! And it makes me sooo happy when people read to their babies :) I do it every week (for other people's kids) and constantly tell people to read to their kids no matter how young... so yaaaay!!! :D