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Poetry for Children
Poetry Break #2

Picture book text as poetry

Good Night Moon
by Margaret Wise Brown

In the great green room
There was a telephone
And a red balloon
And a picture of
The cow jumping over the moon

And there were three little bears sitting on chairs
And two little kittens
And a pair of mittens
And a little toyhouse
And a young mouse
And a comb and a brush and a bowl full of mush
And a quiet old lady who was whispering "hush."

Goodnight room
Goodnight moon
Goodnight cow jumping over the moon
Goodnight light
And the red balloon

Goodnight bears
Goodnight chairs
Goodnight kittens
And goodnight mittens

Goodnight clocks
And goodnight socks
Goodnight little house
And goodnight mouse

Goodnight comb
And goodnight brush
Goodnight nobody
Goodnight mush
And goodnight to the old lady whispering "hush."

Goodnight stars
Goodnight air
Goodnight noises everywhere.

(Harper and Row, 1947)

Introduction
Here are the words for the classic bedtime picture book, Good Night Moon. I have created my own arrangement of stanzas to make it more poetic. I think these words actually "work" as a poem. Do you?

Extension
Share these lines as a poem read aloud without the book. Then invite children to create their own illustrations, perhaps in small groups for each stanza. Gather and bind the pages, add the text, and make a new book version. AFTER THAT, share the original with the art of Clement Hurd.