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Many Moons

Many Moons

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by James Thurber

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Princess Lenore is ill from eating too many raspberry tarts. She believes that possessing the moon is the only thing that will cure her. Despite a command from the King, neither the Lord High Chamberlain nor the Royal Wizard nor the Royal Mathematician can get the moon for her. Only when the clever Court Jester consults the Princess herself is the problem solved -


Princess Lenore is ill from eating too many raspberry tarts. She believes that possessing the moon is the only thing that will cure her. Despite a command from the King, neither the Lord High Chamberlain nor the Royal Wizard nor the Royal Mathematician can get the moon for her. Only when the clever Court Jester consults the Princess herself is the problem solved - with characteristic Thurber wit.

James Thurber (1894-1961) was one of America's most celebrated humorists.

Marc Simont lives in Connecticut.

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Barnes & Noble Staff
Princess Lenore is ill, and won't get well until she owns the moon. The King summons all his wise men-the Lord Chamberlain, the Royal Wizard and the Royal Mathmatician-but none of them knows how to get the moon for his daughter. Finally, the most unlikely of figures-the Court Jester-sorts out what to do. First published in 1943, this edition has fresh new pictures by artist Marc Simont.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
"Buoyant watercolors, full of poignancy and subtle merriment, more than do justice to Thurber's beloved tale of a princess who asks for the moon, and the wise jester who presents her with it," said PW. Ages 4-8. (Sept.)
Children's Literature - Mary Quattlebaum
Of course the moon isn't made of green cheese-but what is it made of, and more importantly, how to obtain it for an ailing princess? These are the questions that stump the king and his wise counselors until the jester and the princess herself supply the answers. Illustrator Slobodkin won a Caldecott medal for the accompanying squiggly line drawings. 1973 (orig.
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[Simont's] buoyant watercolors, full of poignancy and subtle merriment, more than do justice to Thurber's beloved tale.-Publishers Weekly

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Many Moons 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Besides being a wonderful children's book, this might also be one of the most important medical texts ever published. People come to me with inexplicable symptoms, and apparently unobtainable expectations. It can be easy, as a physician, to get  frustrated  in that situation, and many times, it turns out that asking "the experts" is useless and even more frustrating and confusing.. At that point -- remember Thurber!  What is the patient really asking? We can't really communicate with each other unless we can be sensitive to other world views and sets of expectations.   One could wish our diplomats also understood this.  
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HPSeeker More than 1 year ago
I read this WONderful book just last night, and was delighted from cover to cover. I plan to own this book :) I also have a suspicious feeling James Thurber will become a favorite author! The author wrote a VERY entertaining, "modern" fairy tale, filled with wit, humor, colorful characters and a lovely moral pertaining to "it's all how you see it." This is the kind of content that makes the longer text in picture books work. It held my interest to the very end, which is, in my opinion, the key to any good book, regardless of its length. The emphasis on today's picture books is short, Shorter, SHORTEST, which saddens me, because I like "weightier" stories---more "bang for my book." There should be room for all lengths, but whatever length that is, there must be necessity for each word :) Louis Slobodkin did, in 1943, win the Caldecott Medal for this book. I realize the styles of illustration at that time differ, in large part, from much of the illustration over the past few decades, so initially I have trouble discerning why this book won that honor, but the pictures do serve the story. At first they reminded me of Ludwig Bemelman's style used in his "Madeline" books, but I found Ludwig's style more appealing. I think it was because, in Many Moons, Louis got muddier and darker with his coloring after the first four illustrations.
psycheKK More than 1 year ago
I first encountered Many Moons when it was read to me during a story time at school when I was about eight years old. Of course, at that age, I didn't bother thinking about who wrote the story, just whether I liked the story or not. And I did like the story. So much so, that it stayed with me for years. But, since I didn't learn at that first reading who wrote it, I couldn't rediscover it. Then, when I was about eighteen, I discovered James Thurber's writings -- It was a natural progression from Dorothy Parker, to Robert Benchley, to James Thurber. And I loved his writing and accompanying illustrations. Sadly, I still did not connect The Cat Bird Seat with Many Moons. About another ten years passed and this edition illustrated by Louis Slobodkin was released. The title seemed familiar, so I flipped though the book, and to my delight I found the lost story of my childhood. Happy day! It was like when I found out that Oscar Wilde wrote The Happy Prince. It was like finding an old friend. So, of course, I bought the book. And, although I have yet to read it to my young son, I have turned it into a play for the library. And it was quite good.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Many moons was a delightful story about a spoiled princess who wants something that isn't obtainable, the moon. Her father, the king, as well as his Royal helpers go back and forth on how to get the Princess the moon and how they will keep her from seeing it at night. The princess always has a comical response to the Court Jester 'That is Easy, Silly...' It was a comical story to read. The illustrations ranged from simple to bright colors. I would recommend the story to the 3rd grade level. Thurber, James. Slobodkin, Louis. Many Moons. New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, Publishers, 1943.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Has a parent every asked you to wish for the moon? Well in this beautiful story that is just what the child asks her father for. As this story begins the daughter falls really ill, but says that if she could only get the moon, than she would be better. The father, very concerned for his daughter¿s health decided to call in the most intelligent men of his kingdom to try and get the moon for his daughter. As each man came and went, each telling the king of the impossibilities of capturing the moon, the king became very upset and called in the Court Jester to cheer him up. While the Court Jester was there he asked the King his problem and then ended up coming up with a solution. With the initial problem solved, the King is happy because his daughter became well immediately. However, as night came near the next evening the King again began to worry, he was afraid his daughter would discover that the moon was still in the sky and not in fact around her neck and that she would become ill again. The king again calls in all the smartest people in his kingdom, and one-by-one rejects their ideas. Feeling really upset, the King once again called for the Court Jester to cheer him up. Will the Court Jester be able to save the day again, read and find out? This lovely book is by James Thurber who was born in Columbus, Ohio. Thurber is generally known as the greatest American humorist since Mark Twain. Due to a childhood accident Thurber was unable to play games like the other children therefore, he developed a very healthy imagination and found an outlet by writing stories. Thurber wrote for The New Yorker as well as writing several children¿s books. He was very successful with both endeavors.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Have you ever wondered how far away the moon is, or what it is made of? In this children¿s picture book ¿Many Moons¿ that won Caldecott medal in 1943 it is a tale about a little princess who says, ¿I want the moon. If I can have the moon, I will be well again.¿ So, her father the King tells her she shall have the moon so she will get better. In his quest to get the moon he calls for the High Chamberlain who says, ¿But the moon is out of the question. It is 35,000 miles away and it is bigger than the room the Princess lies in. Furthermore, it is made of molten copper. I cannot get the moon for you: the moon, no.¿ Next, he calls for the Royal Wizard who says, ¿Nobody can get the moon. It is 150,000 miles away, and it is made of green cheese, and it is twice as big as this palace.¿ No help from the Royal Wizard, the King sends for the Royal Mathematician who says to the King, ¿The moon is 300,000 miles away. It is round and flat like a coin, only it is mad of asbestos, and it is half the size of this kingdom. Furthermore, it is pasted to the sky. Nobody can get the moon.¿ The King sends him away and calls for the Court Jester. The Court Jester ask the King how big does the Princess think the moon is, and how far away? To find out what Princess Lenore says about the moon and to see if she get the moon, you will need to read ¿Many Moons¿ by James Thurber. James Thurber was born in Columbus, Ohio. Thurber was partially blinded by a childhood accident which helped he develop a rich fantasy life, and found and outlet in his writing. Thurber was married twice, and had one daughter. He died of a blood clot on the brain on November 2, 1961, in New York. Other books by James Thurber are: My Life and Hard Times (1933), The Years with Ross (1959), and The 13 Clocks (1950). Thurber James, Many Moons, Harcourt Barace Jovanovich: New York, New York 1943
Guest More than 1 year ago
Many Moons is about a little princess named Lenore who is sick. Her daddy tells her, ¿I will get you anything your heart desires.¿ She wishes for her dad to give the moon to her and she will be all better! This realistic read focuses on the theme of how parents will try to do anything for their children. Her dad, the king, knew that he could not give her the moon, but still he wanted to make her happy. Another theme represented, is how we expect experts to know everything when they actually do not. In this read the lowly court jester was the one that helped the king with his problems. ¿The Court Jester took the moon to the Princess Lenore, and she was overjoyed.¿ Of course he did not take the real moon, but he still figured out a way to satisfy Lenore. This book would be perfect to read to one¿s own little princess. Any little girl would love to sit down on a big ¿comfy¿ couch and listen to this story. The author, James Thurber, wrote over forty books in his lifetime. He is known for his funny cartoons and short stories. Many Moons was the only one in which he received the Caldecott honor. Thurber, James. Many Moons. San Diego: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1943.
Guest More than 1 year ago
All parents should read Many Moons to their own children.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Some children's books are just so remarkable that they appeal to many different age groups from pre-school to adults. This is definitely one of them. It is a seasoned family favorite and as much as we love and admire the old illustrations, all ten of us agree that Marc Simont's newer ones are perhaps more appealing to children. The pre-schoolers didn't hesitate for a minute on choosing the newer one as the one THEY liked best. The older award winning pictures by Slobodkin are quite note-worthy though.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book deserves many more than five stars for being the best children's book I have seen in exploring the individuality of perception. James Thurber's marvelous wit is employed in a most Dr. Seuss-like way here to teach a lesson and create a laugh or two in the process. Princess Lenore (who is 10, soon to be 11) becomes ill when she eats too many raspberry tarts. Gazing out her window, she sees the shining moon. The king, her father, asks what he can do to help her recover. She replies that if he gives her the moon, 'I will be well again.' Being a doting father, he sets out to get the moon for her. He calls in each of his wise men, one by one, and they give him lots of reasons why she cannot have the moon. And they also waste lots of time bragging about all of the things they have gotten for the king in the past. In despair, the king doesn't know what to do. He complains to the Court Jester, who makes a most reasonable suggestion. In order to get the moon for the princess, 'The thing to do is to find out how big Princess Leonore thinks it is, and how far away.' The answer to the question leads to a temporary solution. But then, a new problem arises: How to explain when the moon arises the following night. The Princess again helps the Court Jester find the answer. The story is developed in a most humorous and light hearted way. The satire will be easily understood by even the youngest child. The 'wise' men really know nothing, and the 'fool' is really wise. But Princess Lenore has the most sense of any of them. The book is greatly enhanced by loose, free-flowing watercolors in beautiful pastel tones done by illustrator Louis Slobodkin. The book was awarded a Caldecott medal for the excellence of its illustrations, which I felt was well deserved. This is an excellent book for parents to read to their children, and for parents and children to read aloud together. After you finish enjoying the book, I suggest that you and your child also consider where else views differ from person to person. How can those differences create harmful misunderstandings? How can those misunderstandings be avoided? In this way, you can help you child learn to listen, ask questions, think carefully, and communicate better. That will be one of the finest lessons you can give . . . after the lesson of exhibiting your unconditional love. Look at things from the other side! Donald Mitchell, co-author of The Irresistible Growth Enterprise and The 2,000 Percent Solution
Guest More than 1 year ago
'Many Moons' is a funny read. It has philosophical substance which trancends its 'children's book' appearance. For a children's book to truly be well done, it should be able to be read on different levels: a child should still be able to read it when older and still get something else from it. A child's explanation always proves best. Poor perplexed 'adults'.
Guest More than 1 year ago
In 1944 Many Moons by James Thurber and illustrations by Louis Slobodkin won the Caldecott award. The story is about a ten-year old princess named Lenore who became for eating to much raspberry tarts. Her father the king promised Lenore that he would get her anything to make her well again. Lenore only asked for one thing, but was virtually impossible to get ¿ the moon. The King was determined to get his ill daughter the moon. He could all of his people in the kingdom, hoping someone could get her the moon. Everyone thought he was out of his mind -THE MOON! He had gone through one advisor after another until he came to the most foolish one of all Jesters. Jester had got her a moon put on necklace and Lenore wore it around her neck. At last the King rest knowing that his daughter was going to get better. Thurber, James. Many Moons. Orlando, FL: Harcourt Brace & Company, 1943