courtesy Goodnight Loon
“On the great lake pontoon there was a Duluth Pack…”
So begins your wee one’s introduction to Minnesota culture. Labeled a “Minnesota Northwoods tribute” to Margaret Wise Brown and Clement Hurd’s 1947 Goodnight Moon, the aptly-named board book Goodnight Loon tells a similar tale, calling upon decidedly Minnesotan items and elements.
Set on a lake, there are walleyes, and a hungry raccoon; canoes, and snowshoes. There is a tater-tot hotdish. And the original book’s “old lady” has been replaced with an “old voyageur.” Charming and true, you can almost hear in the background the frog and cricket-staccatoed din of a Minnesota summer night.
Equally charming is how this little book came to be. It was written and illustrated by Abe Sauer and Nathaniel Davauer, brothers who grew up on a Midwest family dairy farm milking cows and tuning in to Garrison Keillor before they left to become a writer and a photographer-illustrator. They’re also fathers. (Sauer has three daughters, and Davauer has two daughters, with another on the way.) The project was realized by almost 100 generous folks, most from Minnesota, who donated to the brothers’ Goodnight Loon Indiegogo campaign to publish it.
This tiny tome would make a wonderful gift for a Minnesota baby or a parent-to-be. I wouldn’t be surprised if it’s soon a staple in our kiddos’ home libraries. Until then, “Goodnight lakes, goodnight air, goodnight Northwoods everywhere.”