Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Susan Sarandon Reads "Goodnight Moon"

I have been a big fan of the actress Susan Sarandon ever since I watched the 1991 road movie (and feminist classic) "Thelma & Louise" during my formative years.
Susan Sarandon: Actress, activist, and narrator of classic children's books.
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Every film I've seen of hers since then has solidified my opinion of Sarandon as a bold actress who makes fierce, feminist choices when it comes to selecting roles. I also admire her outspokenness when it comes to political causes she believes in. She has always come across as someone who is very much her own person.

In addition to being an outspoken political activist and an actress with impressive career longevity, Susan Sarandon is also an excellent narrator of classic children's books. In a soothing voice, Sarandon has been recorded reading with tender emotion the 1947 children's picture book Goodnight Moon.
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Authored by Margaret Wise Brown and illustrated by Clement Hurd, Goodnight Moon is a brief bedtime story, written in rhyme, in which familiar household objects, animals, and people populating a dimly lit bedroom at nighttime are said good-night to by a small, soon-to-be-sleeping child.

Since its publication in 1947, Goodnight Moon has become one of the best-loved children's books worldwide. It was listed among the "Top 100 Picture Books" of all time, according to a poll by School Library Journal, and it was named one of the "Teachers' Top 100 Books for Children" in a poll by the National Education Association. Goodnight Moon has been published in more than 10 languages, including Dutch, Chinese, Japanese, Catalan, and Hebrew. It's easy to visualize parents the world over reading this classic to little ones tucked in for the night.

Listen to Susan Sarandon sweetly reading Goodnight Moon in an animated version of the classic children's book seen in the video below.

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