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Papa, Please Get the Moon for Me [Hardcover]

Eric Carle
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
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Aug. 20 1991 The World of Eric Carle
Papa, Please Get the Moon for Me
In this unique and delightful picture book, the story literally unfolds as pages open dramatically, extending both outward and upward. Monica wants the moon to play with, so her Papa sets out to get it for her. It isn't easy to climb all the way up to the moon, but he finally succeeds -- only to find that the moon is too big to carry home! The way in which this problem is solved is a joyful surprise.
Here is a multi-faceted story that appeals to children visually, verbally and emotionally, and which also contains a first lesson in natural history, depicting the eternal cycle of the waxing and waning of the moon. The simple text, just right for reading aloud or for the beginning reader expresses perfectly the purity of a father's love for his child. Small readers will empathize with Monica"s longing for the moon, and will be reassured by her father's willingness to try to make her wish come true. And, on a deeper level, they will recognize that Papa is not merely fulfilling Monica's whim, but is demonstrating to her that even a seemingly unreachable goal can actually be attained. Papa, Please Get the Moon for Me is a book to be re-read many times, and to be treasured for its beauty and its positive message of love and inspiration.

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From Publishers Weekly

Carle, whose The Very Hungry Caterpillar has been extraordinarily successful, scores again with this stunning picture book, drawn in thick, brilliant brushstrokes of blues and greens and reds that dazzle the eye. Monica wants to play with the moon, but can't reach it, so she asks her father to get it for her. Ingeniously designed with several fold-out pages, the books opens out horizontally to show a very long ladder Papa fetches, opens vertically to show him climbing the ladder above a very high mountain, and unfolds into a huge spread of the full moon, where the ladder has led Papa. But the moon is too big for him to carry, so he waits while it grows smaller, until finally it is the right size to bring home to Monica. She jumps and dances and frolics with it, but it keeps shrinking, until one day it's gone. But not for long: a thin sliver soon appears in the sky, growing larger and becoming full once again. A splendid introduction to the monthly lunar cycle, this is also a wondrous work of art that will stand up to countless readings.
Copyright 1986 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 1 A simple story, briefly told, which revolves around the waxing and waning of the moon. Monica asks Papa to bring her the moon, that she might play with it. By dint of "a very long ladder" and a mountain, Papa reaches the moon, waits until it becomes smaller, and obligingly retrieves it. Of course the moon continues to shrink and soon disappears, but a few nights later Monica sees it once again in the sky, where it begins to grow anew. Many of the pages fold out to double their size, which will delight young listeners but may be awkward for the storyteller during a group experience. Carle's illustrations are up to his usual excellence, bright and uncluttered, with the benignant moon a dominant feature. The flaw here is a weak ending; children are not exactly left hanging, but neither is there a strong sense of conclusion. While this is not a pourquoi tale in the true sense of the word, the changing moon is a familiar subject, and the illustrations have enough merit to attract children. Kathleen Brachmann, Highland Park Public Library, Ill.
Copyright 1986 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Blue moon, you see it standing alone April 18 2004
Format:Board book
You hear about this sometimes. An artist becomes so famous and influential that they're eventually able to go back to some of their earlier works and (to their mind) improve them. Steven Spielberg did it with "E.T." Singer/songwriters are constantly reinventing their old classics. Eric Carle did it with "Papa, Please Get the Moon For Me". And though I usually object heartily to artistic preferences changing old classics that technically belong to the masses (ya hear that Speilberg???), in Carle's case I'm willing to make an exception. Changing a mildly interesting story into a complicated (but hearty) pseudo pop-up book, Carle has recreated his art the only way an artist should: he has made it better.
Following in the tradition of such children-asking-their-parents-for-the-moon classics as "Many Moons" (highly recommended!), in this simple story a girl asks her father to please get her that large circular piece of rock in the sky. The father complies, hauling out the longest ladder anyone has ever seen and taking it to the tallest mountain in the world. Initially depressed by the fact that the moon is (surprise!) too large to bring to his daughter, the father is eventually comforted by the moon itself. It tells the man that if he just waits for it to wax and wane, it'll become a manageable size in no time. This turns out to be the case and the little girl is delighted when the father hands her the sliver that is the moon to play with.
The book flap says that by reading this book, children will come to realize that, "even a seemingly unreachable goal can actually be attained". I dunno about that. If that's the moral of this story, then I want no part of it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars What a way to learn! March 24 2001
This book is wonderful! My daughter received it at age 2 from my favorite Aunt who always did give the best books! This has allowed our family library to grow and become what it is. My daughter was, as so many children are, fascinated with the moon. Every night she would get so excited " boom boom " she would say and point. We were much to tall until I got down on the floor at her level did I realize what it was she pointed to. Then the comprehension that it is the same moon takes about another few months as my daughter had to call her grandfather each night with excitement to what " her Moon " was doing and he should come over and see this. Eric Carle does the most extraordinary job through all his books letting the child see through the wonderful pictures and learning these simple concepts, that children must learn. This is an excellent book for any child and one of my very favorites as that two year old has turned ten, and her younger sister and brother also have gotten a wonder message and many hours from this book! An excellent choice!
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5.0 out of 5 stars another beautiful active book from Eric Carle Nov. 5 2001
By audrey
Author Eric Carle (The Very Lonely Firefly, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, The Very Busy Spider) excels in creating books that offer children more than words on a page -- he consistently incorporates additional elements (lights, holes(!), textures) that make the books even more interesting to thirsty little minds.
In this book, a smaller portable version of the original, a girl asks her father for the moon. Fold-out pages complement Carle's unique illustrative style as we discover a looooooong ladder that reaches to the moon and back, and a magnificent four-page center spread revealing the full moon in all its glory.
This fantastic tale for young children is sure to delight parents and kids.
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5.0 out of 5 stars What a great dad! Dec 6 2003
Format:Board book
This book is the beautiful story of a dad who goes to all lengths for his daughter - he actually gets the moon for her!
In typical "Carle fashion" this book expands (as the moon appears to do), the pages ascend ever higher (as the moon ascends in the sky). As with Carle's other stories you don't just hear them and see them - you FEEL them. I love the motion in this book. The tenderness of the gift from father to daughter and the representaion of the child's joy in playing with the moon. This story has a wonderful opening, fantastic struggle and beautiful ending. I especially enjoy how the moon itself is a character in the book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Papa, Please Get The Moon For Me March 17 2000
By Adrian
My two and a half year old son loved this book too apart from Eric Carle's The Very Hungry Caterpillar. This book speaks volumes for little ones - it is no longer wishful thinking for them to "get at" the moon. Yet another gem from Eric Carle and I am glad that his book did not disappoint. Books like this are rare because it takes a gifted writer to perceive things from a child's view and most of us have grown so up and old to ever remember what it was like and what mattered to us when we were children.
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4.0 out of 5 stars An enjoyable read Dec 4 2001
By A Customer
Format:Board book
My two year old boy loves trains, planes and the moon. This book has helped us to teach him about the different phases. He can identify a "cresent", "full" and "quarter" moon. He likes to look for Monica's pet cat in the pictures. The fold outs are a fun idea, but not terribly practical with a toddler, although I've been surprised how well they've held up --he hasn't bent them too much. This is a book he comes back to on his own. Pictures are great.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb book!
bought this online without seeing inside and my expectations were exceeded. what a cute and awesome book. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Lisa Baltich
4.0 out of 5 stars Learn moon phases
This story is filled with imagination along with teaching young children about the phases of the moon. I recommend it for young children, even for pre-kindergarten.
Published 5 months ago by Dorothy Cheechoo
3.0 out of 5 stars a nice little book
this is a very small hard cover book of this well-known story. The size was a bit disappointing but our grandson loves the story: have to be carefull of the fold-out... Read more
Published 12 months ago by joanne hunter
3.0 out of 5 stars Love this beautiful book not so fond of the unfolding paper pages
This book gets an extra star just because the story is so lovely as is the artwork, but whose idea was it to put in unfolding paper pages, they were already not folded correctly... Read more
Published on Jan. 10 2012 by Sandra St. Albert
4.0 out of 5 stars Kindergarten memories...
I remember when this book was first published, and my kindergarten teacher brought it into class to read to us during story time. Read more
Published on March 29 2004 by Veronica
5.0 out of 5 stars My 19 MO daughters favorite book
Every night my daughter wants us to go outside and look for the moon. When I saw this book I knew I had to get it and she LOVES it. Read more
Published on Nov. 26 2003 by Cheryl
2.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful concept poorly implemented
I bought this book for my 11-month son who is very hard on regular books. Unfortunately, he will not get to read it until he is much older because the fold-out pages are much too... Read more
Published on July 17 2003 by Alice M. Harrison
5.0 out of 5 stars WHAT A SWEET BOOK!!
I think this is definitely one of my favourite books. I love books myself and I love my son now 18 months to read quality books. Read more
Published on April 3 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars Let your mind wonder!
Wouldn't it be wonderful to get the moon?!! Well you can in this charming book. My 3 year old loves it. Pages open up to further discribe how far away the moon really is. Read more
Published on March 30 2003 by Dana M. King
5.0 out of 5 stars If You Like Seeing The Moon, Read This Book
Do you see a full moon every night? Papa Please Get the Moon for Me by Eric Carle.
I like this book because it has a huge moon. It has beautiful pictures. Read more
Published on March 25 2003
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