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Hello sunshine, good night moonlight
Wallace, John, 1966-
Publication Information:
New York : Harry N. Abrams, [2004]

Physical Description:
32 pages : color illustrations ; 28 cm
A collection of short poems highlighting different moments of the day by such poets as Eleanor Farjeon, Molly Bang, Robert Louis Stevenson, and Margaret Wise Brown.
General Note:
Originally published: London, England : Macmillan Children's Books, 2003.

"Favorite poems to take you through the day"--Jacket.
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PN6109.97 .H45 2004 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
PN6109.97 .H45 2004 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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From rousing rhymes to soothing lullabies, this charming collection celebrates a child's day and features favorite poems by Margaret Wise Brown, Robert Louis Stevenson, Eleanor Farjeon, and many others. Greeting the morning, keeping watch for bedbugs, and basking in the daylight hours in between -- there is a poem for every waking moment, each sweetly illustrated by John Wallace. Children and their parents alike will delight in this poetic adventure, one that shows the possibilities each day presents. Book jacket.

Author Notes

John Wallace wrote his first children's story after the birth of his first son. A self-taught artist, he started out working as a cartoonist in Kingston, Jamaica. Mr. Wallace has since illustrated and written several books for children. Many of his books have been widely translated and some titles have been developed into animated series. He lives in England with his wife, Sarah, and their three sons, William, Sam, and Isaac

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Booklist Review

K-Gr. 3. This collection of 30 short poems represents the arc and activities of a child's day: waking, toothbrushing, school, play, dinner, bedtime, and another hopeful dawn. In most of the selections, the verses rhyme, the tone is light, and the point of view is childlike. Besides the many traditional and anonymous rhymes, there are poems by Eleanor Farjeon, Grace Nichols, Emily Dickinson, Robert Louis Stevenson, Molly Bang, Sara Teasdale, and Margaret Wise Brown, as well as others whose names are not so well known. Reflecting the book's origin, British poets are well represented, and across from the contents page is a glossary defining terms such as flannel (washcloth), knowes (hills), tarmac (blacktop), and wellies (galoshes). Wallace's cheerful watercolor illustrations look fresh and appealing. No surprises, but a pleasant anthology of verse for reading aloud to a primary-grade child. --Carolyn Phelan Copyright 2004 Booklist

Publisher's Weekly Review

From Eleanor Farjeon's "Waking up" to Sara Teasdale's "Night," 30 inspiring poems chart the day in Hello Sunshine, Good Night Moonlight: Favorite Poems to Take You Through the Day, illus. by John Wallace. Featured poets include Bobbi Katz, Robert Louis Stevenson and Molly Bang, among many others, and offer thematic impetus for Wallace's pastel-toned illustrations, teeming with cheery toddlers and animals exploring the world and at play. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 3-In this collection, 30 poems are arranged to reflect the cycle of a day, from waking in the morning, spending time at school, and playing afternoon games to sharing nighttime rituals. Robert Louis Stevenson's "The Swing" shares pages with newer verse, such as Coral Rumble's "Toothpaste Trouble." Molly Bang's "Ten, Nine, Eight" is included, as is Emily Dickinson's "A Word." The selections are thoughtfully arranged and humorous topics are followed by more contemplative themes. Anonymous limericks come together with ancient haiku and Gaelic lullabies, and poems focus on such day-to-day topics as grandmothers brushing their granddaughters' hair, the first day of school, jumping on the bed, and the glory of a new day. A glossary of British terms is included. Wallace's charming watercolors accompany each poem. Boys and girls of different ethnicities are represented in the illustrations and humorous touches add whimsy and delight. Display this book with Lee Bennett Hopkins's The Sky Is Full of Song (HarperCollins, 1983; o.p.) and introduce it to parents who want to share poetry with their young children.-Shawn Brommer, South Central Library System, Madison, WI (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Eleanor FarjeonBobbi KatzCoral RumbleGrace NicholsRoger McGoughMax FatchenEmily DickinsonGina DouthwaiteWes MageeW. H. DaviesRobert Louis StevensonSteve TurnerTraditional (English)Eleanor FarjeonMolly BangClyde WatsonJohn AgardRobert Louis StevensonRichard EdwardsSara TeasdaleMargaret Wise BrownIan McMillan
Waking Upp. 4
Cat Kissesp. 5
Toothpaste Troublep. 6
Granny, Granny, Please Comb My Hairp. 7
First Day at Schoolp. 8
Isn't It Amazing?p. 10
A Wordp. 11
New Sightsp. 11
Whiz Kidp. 12
At the End of a School Dayp. 13
Leisurep. 14
The Swingp. 15
The Vegetables Strike Backp. 16
A Bedtime Snackp. 18
Hard, Hard, Hardp. 18
Tumblingp. 19
Bedtimep. 20
Ten, Nine, Eightp. 21
Evensongp. 21
All Tucked In and Roasty Toastyp. 22
Small Thingsp. 22
Gaelic Lullabyp. 23
Bedbugs Marching Songp. 24
Three Little Owls Who Sang Hymnsp. 25
Young Night Thoughtp. 26
Crescent Moonp. 27
Joe Brightp. 28
Nightp. 29
The Secret Songp. 30
New Dayp. 31
Acknowledgmentsp. 32