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Parents and teachers who believe that picture books are and should be nothing more than simple stories about love will tend to see only what they expect. Indeed, many parents do not know that the much beloved Goodnight Moon is the second book of the trilogy Margaret Wise Brown and Clement Hurd called their "classic series." Nor do they realize that the three books in this series, The Runaway Bunny, Goodnight Moon, and My World rely on Freudian theories regarding the Oedipal process a young boy goes through as he separates from his mother and develops his own gendered identity. The Runaway Bunny addresses both the boy’s fear of the omnipotent mother and the idea that the mother is perceived by a child who has fed at her breast as a kind of seductress. She is godlike as she tells the little bunny who has turned into a boat to escape her that she will become the wind and blow him where she wants him to go. Storm clouds darken the horizon as the mother-wind blows up waves that threaten to swamp the bunny boat. In Goodnight Moon the little bunny explores ways to establish his own identity and his own space in a home and a room dominated by his mother. Whose room is it, whose bed? He finds his voice, and in naming and claiming the various objects in the room as well as the stars outside the window, he defines his place in the world. The parallels with the creation stories in Genesis where Adam names and claims the creatures God made should not be ignored. In My World the father finally appears, and the mother fades into the shadows. Throughout the book the bunny compares himself with his father. His father’s car is bigger, his dog is bigger, and the bunny eventually concedes possession of the “moon” (mother) to the father. This is entirely consistent with the Freudian theory that the father’s presence is necessary to inhibit the inappropriate tendencies and feelings which might otherwise develop between the mother and child. While it is surprising that more people don’t realize that Brown was an experimenter who consulted with psychologists at the Bank Street School regarding the symbolism in her books, it is not surprising that most people reviewing her books call on their memories of reading the books to their children. They explore their own nostalgia and ignore the deeper potential such books have, the ability of pictures and words working together to communicate complex ideas to children. For more information, read Have a Carrot: Oedipal Theory and Symbolism in Margaret Wise Brown's Bunny Trilogy (2010) available as an ebook from www.LookAgainPress.com.