Goodnight Moon

This book is a nightly ritual for us.

Butter knows what’s going on when we take him up to his room, shut the door, and change him into his PJs. We’ve always tried to read to him before bed [and I read to him quite a bit during the day if we’re home], but this is, far and away, his favorite book.

Last night when Husband and I took him to bed, Butter pointed up to his bookshelf and said “Moon?” Clearly, he knows this is part of his bedtime routine.

After reading it for the third time tonight, I decided I’d do a little bit of research. The first thing that shows up when you type Goodnight Moon into Mr. Google is this Wikipedia entry. Did you know that things move around in the room?

  • the hands on the two clocks progress from 7 PM to 8:10 PM.
  • the young mouse and kittens wander around the room. The mouse is present in all pages showing the room.
  • the red balloon hanging over the bed disappears in several of the color plates, then reappears at the end.
  • the room lighting grows progressively darker.
  • the moon rises in the left-hand window.
  • the socks disappear from the drying rack.
  • the open book in the bookshelf is The Runaway Bunny.
  • the book on the nightstand is Goodnight Moon.
  • in the painting of the cow jumping over the moon, the mailbox in the right-hand side of the painting occasionally disappears.
  • in the painting of the three bears, the painting hanging in the bears’ room is a painting of a cow jumping over the moon.
  • the painting of the fly-fishing bunny, which appears only in two color plates, appears to be black and white (or otherwise devoid of color). It is very similar to a picture in the book The Runaway Bunny.
  • the number of books in the bookshelf changes.
  • the pendulum of the bedside clock disappears in the final room scene
  • the stripes on the bunny’s shirt change
  • in the last page the word bunny is gone off the brush

I’d heard a few of those, but not all of them. It’ll be fun, as Butter gets older, to see what he makes of the changes in the book. The kid is ridiculously observant [I swear he could find a needle in a haystack if he put his mind to it!], and I’m definitely going to make a point of looking for the changes I hadn’t noticed before tomorrow night.

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