2 Margaret Wise Brown (1910 – 1952) Born May 23rd, 1910 in the Greenpoint neighborhood of Brooklyn, New YorkPassed away due to a blood clot while visiting the south of France on November 13, 1952First worked as a teacher at an elementary school in New York City called Bank Street SchoolAlthough learned she did not want to teach, but remained at the school as a member of it’s publication staff
3 Margaret Wise Brown (1910 – 1952) Cont. In 1936, Brown worked together with Lucy Mitchell and other writers to put together a sequel to Mitchell’s previous pieces of writing titled Another Here and Now Story BookWrote her first children’s story, When the Wind Blew in 1937Became editor for the department of William R. Scott publishers and continued as editor until 1941
4 Brown’s School History Attended boarding school in Switzerland, while her parents lived in Canterbury for a little whileGraduated in 1928 from Dana Hall School in Wellesley, MassachusettsWent on to graduate with a BA in English from Hollins College in Roanoke, VirgniaAlso attended a Columbia University where she enrolled herself in a writers course
5 Bank Street School – School for Children The mission of Bank Street College is to improve the education of children and their teachers by applying to the educational process all available knowledge about learning and growth, and by connecting teaching and learning meaningfully to the outside world. In so doing, we seek to strengthen not only individuals, but the community as well, including family, school, and the larger society in which adults and children, in all their diversity, interact and learn. We see in education the opportunity to build a better society.Educate children ranging from the ages of nursery through grade 8 and Graduate schoolA school within a college: believe the combination of the two schools in the same setting creates a wonderful partnership between the children and experts who prepare teachers to teach them
6 Complete List of Published Books The Comical Tragedy or Tragical Comedy of Punch & Judy (1940)Country Noisy Book (1940)The Fables of La Fontaine (1940)Baby Animals (1941)Brer Rabbit: Stories from Uncle Remus (1941)The Polite Penguin (1941)The Poodle and the Sheep (1941)The Seashore Noisy Book (1941)Don't Frighten the Lion! (1941)Indoor Noisy Book (1942)Night and Day (1942)The Runaway Bunny(1942)Big Dog, Little Dog (1943; written as Golden MacDonald)A Child's Good Night Book (1943)Little Chicken (1943)The Children's Year (1937)When the Wind Blew (1937)The Noisy Book (1938)Bumble Bugs and Elephants: A Big and Little Book (1938)The Fish with the Deep Sea Smile (1938)The Little Fireman (1938)The Little Fisherman: A Fish Story (1938; illus. Dahlov Ipcar (q.v.)The Log of Christopher Columbus' First Voyage to America in the Year (1938)The Streamlined Pig (1938)Homes in the Wilderness (1939)Little Pig's Picnic, and Other Stories (1939)The Noisy Book (1939)
7 Continued…Willie's Walk to Grandmama (1944; written with Rockbridge Campbell)The House of a Hundred Windows (1945)Little Lost Lamb (1945; written as Golden MacDonald)Little Fur Family (1946)The Little Island (1946; written as Golden MacDonald)The Man in the Manhole and the Fix-it Men (1946; written as Juniper Sage)The Bad Little Duckhunter (1947)The First Story (1947)The Golden Egg Book (1947)Goodnight Moon (1947)The Sleepy Little Lion (1947)The Winter Noisy Book (1947)Five Little Firemen (1948; written with Edith Thacher Hurd)The Noisy Bird Book (1943)SHHhhhh...BANG: a whispering book (1943)Animals, Plants and Machines (1943; written with Lucy Sprague Mitchell)The Big Fur Secret (1944)Black and White (1944)Farm and City (1944; written with Lucy Sprague Mitchell)Horses (1944; written as Timothy Hay)Red Light Green Light (1944; written as Golden MacDonald)They All Saw It (1944)
8 Still Continued… O, Said the Squirrel (1950) The Peppermint Family (1950)The Quiet Noisy Book (1950)The Wonderful House (1950)Fox Eyes (1951)The Summer Noisy Book (1951)The Train to Timbuctoo (1951)Two Little Gardeners (1951; written with Edith Thacher Hurd)A Child's Good Morning (1952)Christmas in the Barn (1952)Doctor Squash, The Doll Doctor (1952)Mister Dog: The Dog Who Belonged to Himself (1952)The Noon Balloon (1952)Pussy Willow (1952)Seven Little Postmen (1952; written with Edith Thacher Hurd)Where Have You Been? (1952)The Golden Sleepy Book (1948)The Little Farmer (1948)Wait Till the Moon Is Full (1948)Wonderful Story Book (1948)The Color Kittens (1948)The Important Book (1949)The Little Cowboy (1949)My World (1949)A Pussycat's Christmas (1949)Two Little Trains (1949)The Dark Wood of the Golden Birds (1950)The Dream Book: First Comes the Dream (1950)The Little Fat Policeman (1950; written with Edith Thacher Hurd)
10 Margaret’s Inspiration for her books… A major influence on her writing was the Bank Street School’s philosophy “here-and-now”Said she dreamed stories and then had to write them down in the morning before she forgot themHer Childhood: being the middle of three children, Brown was described as having been “the family storyteller, trickster and daydreamer”, which could have had an impact on her writingLucy Sprague Mitchell’s ideas on the type of stories children of a young age needed strongly influenced BrownMitchell found that children under the age of six best respond to stories about the every day world rather than fantasy stories involving kings, castles, and dragons
11 FUN FACTS!Sometimes wrote under the alias’ of Juniper Sage, Golden MacDonald and Timothy HayApparently carried on a number of relationships with various men, including the then Prince of Spain.Went by numerous nicknames such as “Brownie” when she attended Bank Street and “Goldie” due to her aliasHer Dana School and Hollins friends nicknamed her “Tim” because of the timothy hay color of her hairAfter Brown’s death, her sister Roberta kept a cedar-lined chest in her attic with sixty-seven unpublished manuscripts Margaret had been working on before she passedHer ashes were scattered across the ocean off Vinalhaven in Maine where Brown’s residence was
12 Goodnight Songs: A NYT Best Seller! Goodnight Songs contains previously unpublished lullabies, beautifully illustrated by 12 award-winning artists.Also the book is accompanied by a CD, with cheerful songs beautifully composed and sung by Emily Gary and Tom Proutt
13 Brown’s Style Of Writing Simple, yet touching children’s picture books.Stories are set in a more contemporary settingBrown loved animals and used animals as characters in most of her storiesShe liked to write books that had a rhythm to them, so many of her books either rhymed or repeat a word patternMargaret tried to write her story in a way children wanted to hear them, which is often different than the way adults may tell a storyAlso taught illustrators to draw the way a child saw things and once gave two puppies to an illustrator to use as modelsMargaret believed that children would be interested in reading about young people just like themselves
14 Published A.D. (After Death) Although Brown may be long gone by now, many of her unfinished manuscripts are still being published even years after her death and her work continues to grow each year.Some of these include:Another Important Book (1999), a picture book showing kids the important things about being ages 1-6Robin's Room (2002, illus. Steve Johnson and Lou Fancher)My World of Color (2002, illus. Loretta Krupinski)Sheep Don't Count Sheep (2003), about a lamb having trouble falling asleep until his mother tells him to count butterfliesSneakers, the Seaside Cat (2003)The Fierce Yellow Pumpkin (2003)A Child is Born (2003; ill. Floyd Cooper; board book)
15 Mister Dog: The Dog Who Belonged to Himself Read Along “Mr. Dog” is the original title of this book back in the 1950’sShows children it is totally acceptable for a person to be his or herself and that you don’t belong to anyone else but yourselfThis does a good job presenting the different styles of writing Margaret Brown uses in her stories.
16 Reader’s Reviews“I remember being fascinated by this book as a kid, but I cannot for the life of me figure out why I liked it so much. It is WEIRD. In fact, I recommend reading this book just because it's so bizarre. The concept itself isn't too strange for a children's book...” – Goodreads Review on Mister Dog“There she spent the days writing, and many evenings held dinner parties in a living room with walls Margaret covered with animal fur. Crispin’s Crispian, a Kerry blue terrier given to the author by her lover, had the run of the place. The two-story cottage, nick-named Cobble Court, had been part of a farm family’s dairy operation in the previous century...” – The New York Wanderer
17 Digital Resources for Margaret Wise Brown This is the official website of Margaret Wise Brown. Read about Brown’s life and the reasons behind her writing styles and choices of stories. Discover the latest news regarding Brown and her through articles and journal reviews in the “Latest News” section.brown?items_per_page=60#cart/cleanupThis site offers a variety of books written by Brown and certain specifics regarding that book. Some of these specifics include the interest level of that book as well as the grade level equivalent to the book. Add your favorites to your Book List and find similar books to the one you may be reading. Take an AR quiz when you are done reading to see how much of the book you understood.Here is a “made-up” interview using bits and pieces of Brown’s most popular works of writing and cobbling them up together to create an interview Brown might have given to celebrate her 100th birthday.
18 Goodnight Moon AppThis age appropriate app can be manipulated by both parents and children either night or day. This fun app provides just the right amount of interaction for young children.This App Offers:The Goodnight Moon book series consisting of Goodnight Moon and Goodnight Moon ABCNarration Choices: “Read to me”, “Read myself” and Autoplay offer the child different ways to read the book while going at their own paceClick the magnifying glass to reveal objects that don’t show up in the unmagnified illustrationsUser Friendly features such as a red ribbon bookmark which allows you to switch to another spread, adjusting specific settings, etc.Seek-and-Find: flip back and forth to search for different objects throughout the books pages
19 Hollins University Margaret Wise Brown Festival A year long festival with music and special readings to celebrate the life of Margaret Wise Brown and the work she has done. Some of the Festival’s Events October 20th – 24th: Goodnight Moon the Musical October 23rd – October 29th: Goodnight Moon Week Free Events: scavenger hunts on campus
20 “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.”- Margaret Wise Brown
21 References:"Bank Street School." Bank Street - School for Children. N.p., n.d. Web. 11 NovBen. "Mister Dog." The New York Wanderer. N.p., 10 Feb Web. 11 NovFlynn, Kitty. "Goodnight Moon App Review - The Horn Book." The Horn Book. N.p., 29 Nov Web. 12 NovMarcus, Leonard S. "Over the Moon: An Imaginary Interview with Margaret Wise Brown." Over the Moon: An Imaginary Interview with Margaret Wise Brown. N.p., May-June Web. 12 Nov"Margaret WIse Brown." Margaret WIse Brown. N.p., n.d. Web. 12 Nov"Margaret Wise Brown." Margaret Wise Brown. Through the Looking Glass, n.d. Web. 11 Nov"Margaret Wise Brown." Waterboro Public Library. N.p., n.d. Web. 11 Nov"Margaret Wise Brown's List of Books | Scholastic Teacher." Scholastic Teachers. N.p., n.d. Web. 12 Nov"Mister Dog." Goodreads. N.p., n.d. Web. 11 Nov
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