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.
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.
bought this online without seeing inside and my expectations were exceeded. what a cute and awesome book. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Lisa Baltich
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 15 months ago by Dorothy Cheechoo
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 morePublished 22 months ago by joanne hunter
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 morePublished on Jan. 10 2012 by Sandra St. Albert
I remember when this book was first published, and my kindergarten teacher brought it into class to read to us during story time. Read morePublished on March 29 2004 by Veronica
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 morePublished on Nov. 26 2003 by Cheryl
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 morePublished on July 17 2003 by A. Harrison
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 morePublished on April 3 2003
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 morePublished on March 30 2003 by Dana M. King