Papa, Please Get the Moon for Me

Papa, Please Get the Moon for Me

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by Eric Carle

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A father is willing to get the moon for his beloved little girl. Along with a heartwarming tale about love, children learn nature's cycles. Originally written by the author for his own daughter. Color illustrations and collages throughout.


A father is willing to get the moon for his beloved little girl. Along with a heartwarming tale about love, children learn nature's cycles. Originally written by the author for his own daughter. Color illustrations and collages throughout.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's 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. (All ages)
Children's Literature - Susie Wilde
Papa loves his daughter so much that when she wishes for the moon, he succeeds in getting it for her. Carle's illustrations fold out, down, and sideways, making this magical book larger than life, matching the love portrayed in this story. This book is also available in a tiny carry-around version from the Pixies Miniature Reprint Series for children who always want to keep their father's love close at hand.
Children's Literature - Children's Literature
Monica asks her Papa to get the moon for her because she wanted to play with it. Papa undertakes the mission and Carle takes the opportunity to create a board book that is filled with wonderful collage images. Some like the scene of Papa walking with the ladder spread over a series of pages that fold out. Later when Papa puts the ladder up to climb to the moon, there is a vertical foldout. When Papa reaches the moon, the page folds out to give a sense of the moon's size. As the moon goes through its phases and shrinks in size, it finally becomes small enough for Papa to take to his daughter. They play together for awhile, but eventually the moon disappears. Some time later Monica once again saw the moon in the sky and watched it grow bigger. An interesting way of presenting the waxing and waning of the moon. 1999, Simon & Schuster, Ages 4 to 7, $9.99. Reviewer: Marilyn Courtot
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 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.

Product Details

Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
Publication date:
World of Eric Carle Series
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Product dimensions:
11.40(w) x 8.26(h) x 0.47(d)
AD310L (what's this?)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Eric Carle is an internationally bestselling and award-winning author and illustrator of more than seventy books for very young children including his most well-known title The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Born in Syracuse, New York, Eric Carle moved to Germany with his parents when he was six years old. He studied at the prestigious art school, the Akademie der bildenden Künste, in Stuttgart before returning to the United States, where he worked as a graphic designer for The New York Times and later as art director for an international advertising agency. The Very Hungry Caterpillar, now considered a modern classic, has sold more than 41 million copies and has been translated into sixty-two languages. With his late wife, Barbara, Eric Carle cofounded The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in Massachusetts in 2002. Eric Carle divides his time between the Florida Keys and the hills of North Carolina.

Brief Biography

Northampton, Massachusetts and the Berkshires
Date of Birth:
June 25, 1929
Place of Birth:
Syracuse, New York
Akademie der bildenden Künste, Stuttgart, 1946-50

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Papa, Please Get the Moon for Me 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
Kalla56 More than 1 year ago
I bought this book for my 2 yr.-old granddaughter to be read by her daddy (my son). The pages illustrate the phases of the moon, and many pages are foldouts for interactivity. My granddaughter was thrilled with the book, as was my son. Since the book is about a specific little girl who calls her daddy "Papa", if the child is too young to read, it's easy for the parent to change "papa" to the name the child calls her male parent(or to her female parent), and for the parent to substitute the child's name.
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Draygonfly_mom More than 1 year ago
This is a cute book. I like it in the board book version. It seems more solid and is easy for my little one to handle. I like the different pop ups.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
great story, my kids loved to read it over and over and were imagining the situation
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Eric Carle is a favorite and usually pick one of his books as a gift for parents of new babies, new babies, toddlers, etc. His books are always colorful, creative and incite imagination.
Grandmaeducator More than 1 year ago
My preschool grandson loves this one. He likes to talk about how the moon changes in size and he loves the fold out pages. It is a cute story. Reminds me of my grandfather telling me he would get the moon for me if I wanted it.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
My daughter loves the moon and was so excited when I read this book to her. We replace the little girls name with her name. She asks for this book every night.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I bought this book because I was buying 'Where is Baby's Mommy' and wanted to give equal time to my husband. OOPS. My son could not bear this book. Also, I don't like the philosophy behind it -- where the daughter keeps making outrageous demands and the father gives in. Okay, maybe I'm being a bit literal, but my son hated it so much, that I was relieved when the book ripped and I could in good conscience stop trying to get him interested in it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My teacher got this book for me and I used to read it like crazy! I love Eric's stories. This one has to be my favorite!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is so wonderful. My father used to read it to me every night before bed. I still have my original version and plan to read it to my children someday. I'm buying this book now for little cousins so they can also enjoy this book. I highly recommend it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My daughter loves to read and has tried to do so since the age of 2. She loves stories that explain things and this book is excellent. Without getting too complicated, it describes the phases of the moon and provides easy to read text for all ages. I also teach two year olds in a daycare center and they love all of Eric Carle's books and this is sure to be a favorite.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
If you've read James Thurber's Many Moons, you will recognize the concept. Carle's illustrations will entertain pre-schoolers. For kids over 4, stick to Thurber's version.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this book is really great for little kids- the story is simple and imaginative at the same time and the illustrations are wonderfull. the night theme also makes it ideal for bedtime.