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Papa, Please Get the Moon for Me [Hardcover]

Eric Carle
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
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Aug. 20 1991 The World of Eric Carle
This 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 to the moon, but he finally succeeds--only to find that the moon is too big to carry home! The way the problem is resolved is a joyful surprise. Illustrated.

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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.

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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. --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Learn moon phases June 1 2014
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
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.
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3.0 out of 5 stars a nice little book Nov. 2 2013
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
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 illustrations, but otherwise good for small hands.
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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 when I received so it took little time to tear, especially reading to my son, he has been fairly good about not pulling the pages, suprise! But it will not deter me from reading this well loved story, dreaming about all the fun you could have with the moon
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Kindergarten memories... March 29 2004
Format:Board book
I remember when this book was first published, and my kindergarten teacher brought it into class to read to us during story time. I remember being enchanted by the fold outs and the idea of actually being able to 'play with the moon' like Monica did. It is a sweet story of the love a doting father has for his little girl. I highly recommed this book for any young child, in fact I was recently given this book for my 20th birthday to add to my collection of favorite children's books.
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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 My 19 MO daughters favorite book Nov. 26 2003
By Cheryl
Format:Board 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. We change the name from "monica" to our daughters name, and when you get to the moon pop-out page she always laughs and screams and jumps. I also recommend "The night moon fell down" - another wonderful favorite.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful concept poorly implemented July 17 2003
Format:Board book
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 flimsy for a board book.
I was very disappointed to bring it home from the store and have the page with the moon that unfolds tear just from me opening those two pages.
The book is very very pretty, I just wish it were more durable. I don't see how a child could avoid damaging it.
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