Papa, Please Get the Moon for Me Hardcover – Aug 20 1991
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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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Seeing that it means so much to his little girl, Monica’s father attempts to climb to the moon. He goes up a ladder, up the side of a mountain, up and up still higher. When he finally reaches the moon, he discovers that he can't carry it so he waits for it to shrink and become small enough to hold. In the meantime, both Monica and the reader learn about the cycle of the moon and how it waxes and wanes.
Yes, one could easily read Monica as a spoiled brat and her father as a pushover parent but, for the less cynical, this proves an endearing and heartwarming story, a timeless tale of love, trust and family bonds.
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.Read more ›
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.
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.
Most recent customer reviews
This book is the size of my hand.....so disappointed with the size.Published 7 months ago by carmelle
bought this online without seeing inside and my expectations were exceeded. what a cute and awesome book. Read morePublished 24 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 on June 1 2014 by DAC
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 on Nov. 2 2013 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
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