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My World: A Companion to Goodnight Moon Hardcover – September 1, 2001
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Before purchasing, I read poor reviews annoyed that this did not rhyme. I scoffed, sure that the book must retain at least some of its predecessor's charm. I was so wrong. The problem is not that it doesn't rhyme, but that there is no rhythm at all. In fact it seems crafted with the sole purpose of being as jarring and awkward as possible. In most children's books, the obvious repetition has a soothing effect; here it calls to mind the addled ramblings of an unwell mind. If I had to leave a one-word review: unpleasant.
Also my son didn't like it and refused to stay for readings. He has good taste!
I thought it was an odd book at first -- so different from what I was expecting, I suppose -- but I have come to enjoy it very much myself. Another reviewer said it grows on you and I agree with that. It is a gentle, calm world, full of the kind of observations a child would make, expressed in the way a child would express them. It has also generated a lot of fruitful bedtime conversations with my son -- about family relationships, about the rhythms of the day, about "the way things used to be."
I'm happy to be adding this to our permanent collection and I know my son will be, too.
I hated it the first time I ready it, but it has started to grow on me. My daughter doesn't mind it and will sit through it, but I think that's only because the illustration is so familiar. When she sees specific things that were also in Goodnight Moon, she tells them goodnight and quotes from the other book,
I wouldn't buy this on again.....
EDIT: I'm upping my review from 2 to 4 starts. My daughter now refuses to read Goodnight Moon without following it up with My World.
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Goodnight moon es insuperable para ir a dormir, ya que en My World el cuento acaba de día, por lo que el niño se desvela un poco, mientras que Goodnight Moon acaba en noche cerrada y a los niños los deja casi fritos.