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A child's good morning book
Uniform Title:
Child's good morning

New edition.
New York : HarperCollins, 1995.
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 17 cm
General Note:
Previously published as: A child's good morning, 1952.
As the sun rises, birds, horses, rabbits, flowers, bugs, and finally children get up to start their day.
Reading Level:
"Ages 4-8"--Dust jacket.


Call Number

On Order



In this companion to A Child's Good Night Book, birds, horses, sheep, flowers and children all wake up when morning arrives.

Author Notes

Margaret Wise Brown was born on May 10, 1910 in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, New York, to Robert Brown, a Vice President at American Manufacturing Company and Maud Brown, a housewife. She attended school in Lausanne, Switzerland for three years, before attending Dana Hall in Wellesley, Massachusetts for two years. In 1928, she began taking classes at Hollis College in Virginia.

In 1935, Brown began working at the Bank Street Cooperative School for student teachers. Two years later, her writing career took off with the publication of "When the Wind Blows." Over the course of fourteen years, Brown wrote over one hundred picture books for children. Some of her best known titles include Goodnight Moon, Big Red Barn and Runaway Bunny.

Margaret Wise Brown died on November 13, 1952 of an embolism following an operation in Nice, France.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 5

School Library Journal Review

PreS-K-Four children wake up with the sun shining brightly into their window. But before they leave their beds, the birds, horses, squirrels, and other creatures have already started their day. In this newly illustrated edition, originally published in 1952 (HarperCollins), Katz has reinterpreted the text in her warm and rounded style. Babies, animals, and even the bumblebees have circular faces with small features matching the simplicity of the narrative. Brightly colored patterns and use of collage add interest to each page. This book has been popular over the years. Refresh collections as needed.-Blair Christolon, Prince William Public Library System, Manassas, VA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Publisher's Weekly Review

Katz's (Princess Baby) nursery patchwork quilt approach is a far cry from the Jean Charlot illustrations originally paired with Brown's (Goodnight Moon) text back in 1952 (the book was created as a companion to the Caldecott Honor title A Child's Good Night Book). "A squirrel pops out of his hole in the tree. Who woke me up? The sun! The sun is up!" announces a typical spread. Katz turns on the twee faucet: she shows a cutest-ever baby playing peek-a-boo with a blanket while birdies, bunnies and a dozing horsey (with a silver-white mane) array themselves about the smiling squirrel's tree. Katz's legions of fans will certainly rejoice to see her signature kewpie doll-like characters cavorting to the words of the grande dame. But those who love Brown for her honesty and directness may just shake their heads. Ages 4-8. (Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Horn Book Review

This classic companion to 'A Child's Good Night Book' (Harper) has been reissued in a smaller, square size just right for small hands. Brown's poetic, childlike text and Charlot's inimitable lithographs retain their original freshness and power. From HORN BOOK 1996, (c) Copyright 2010. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Kirkus Review

It's amazing how many reincarnations of Margaret Wise Brown's books maintain relevance to today's toddlers, proving just how much she was in touch with children's feelings. Originally published in 1952 and illustrated by Jean Charlot, this simple, lyrical text describes the dawning of a new day for four young children as they wake up to roosters crowing, rabbits nibbling, flowers opening, birds singing and bees buzzing. "A squirrel pops out of his hole in the tree. / Who woke me up? / The sun! / The sun is up! / Wake up squirrel. / Frisk away." Katz's colorful illustrations have a painted-appliqu look with her signature outlined shapes and fabric patterns. Each round-faced cutie is depicted as a different ethnicity, but they all respond to the world in similar ways. It's the morning after "goodnight moon"time to wake up and welcome (back) a new day. (Picture book. 3-5) Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.

Booklist Review

This large-format picture book tells the story of the moon going down, the sun coming up, and the day beginning for trees, flowers, birds, beasts, and children. The text was originally published as A Child's Good Morning (1952), a companion volume to the Caldecott Honor-winning A Child's Good Night Book (1943), both of which were illustrated by Jean Charlot. Katz's new illustrations are bigger and brighter and most effective when seen from a distance. With a profusion of bold colors, shapes, and patterns, they depict the sun rising, the animals becoming active, and four toddlers waking up to start a bright new day.--Phelan, Carolyn Copyright 2008 Booklist