The Story Behind the Lost Manuscript
The Moon Shines Down
from Margaret Wise Brown,
the Author of Goodnight Moon
The Moon Shines Down is being published for the first time fifty-six years after the death of the beloved children's author Margaret Wise Brown.
Amazingly, this unpublished manuscript lay forgotten in a cedar trunk in a Vermont barn. When it was discovered, the onionskin paper had yellowed and the paperclips that held the pages together had rusted.
Based on the New England sampler prayer, "God Bless the Moon and God Bless Me," this soon-to-be bedtime classic is a prayer for God's blessing on all the world's children. However, the manuscript was incomplete, too short for a standard size picture book. Children's book publisher, Laura Minchew, a longtime fan of Brown, took on the challenge to complete the work. Laura was able to match Margaret Wise Brown's writing style, capturing Brown's unique rhythms and rhyme schemes.
The wonderful result introduces a timeless Margaret Wise Brown book to delight a new generation of children the world over.