The lady in the picture is the wonderful children’s author, Margaret Wise Brown. Margaret lived a long time ago. She was born on May 23, 1910.
She loved animals and she loved adventure. She was always on the go. She loved imagining and creating children’s stories. Her book, Goodnight Moon, is one of everybody’s favorite bedtime stories.
This picture book is very special not only because of the wonderful way Ms. Brown had with words but also because the writer seemed to write the way a child sees the world. For many years it was the top selling book in its category, and to this day it has never gone out of print. I am convinced that Margaret Wise Brown truly loved the things she wrote about, children and animals and all things growing.
As she once said of writing, “One can but hope to make a child laugh or feel clear and happy headed as he follows the simple rhythm to its logical end. It can jog him with the unexpected and comfort him with the familiar, lift him for a few minutes from his own problems of shoelaces that won’t tie, and busy parents and mysterious clock time, into the world of a bug or a bear or a bee or a boy living in the timeless world of a story.”