Did you realize that there is a consistency error in Goodnight Moon? If this were a movie on IMDB, there’d be a special note of it. Consider this an official note; it was discovered by my one-year-old. How many other one-year-olds have been disturbed by this?
It would have been so easy for Clement Hurd to draw a balloon in the corner on every full-page spread. But no, on a few of them, there is no red balloon in the corner. My son, who loves balloons, kept getting very upset when we read the book, pointing to the corner of the page(s) and yelling “Balloon!” which sounds like “biyo!”
“Biyo! Biyo!” he’d yell, sometimes throwing the book across the room. (We’re working on the “no throwing” right now.) Ok, I thought, my favorite book is not his favorite.
Then I discovered something else: the mouse. Clement Hurd was smart enough to put the little mouse on every single page. No more yelling at the balloon now! It’s all “Mouse! Mouse!” every time we turn the page. He has to search for the mouse, because it’s different on every page.
Needless to say, we never actually read the words to Goodnight Moon anymore. We always look for the mouse.
Margaret Wise Brown wrote Goodnight Moon in 1947. My son (almost age 23 months) insists on reading the same books every night, usually three or four or five times. This is one of them. I’m very glad he loves to read.
Can you tell I have an adorable almost two-year-old? I’m so excited to see him loving books and words!
What books have you read your kids to help them stop hitting, ripping, throwing, etc.?
What are you reading your children this week/month?