Papa, Please Get the Moon for Me

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Papa, Please Get the Moon for Me
In this unique and delightful picture book, the 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 up to the moon, but he finally succeeds — only to find that the moon is too big to carry home! The way in which this problem is solved is a joyful surprise.
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Papa, Please Get the Moon for Me
In this unique and delightful picture book, the 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 up to the moon, but he finally succeeds — only to find that the moon is too big to carry home! The way in which this problem is solved is a joyful surprise.
Here is a multi-faceted story that appeals to children visually, verbally and emotionally, and which also contains a first lesson in natural history, depicting the eternal cycle of the waxing and waning of the moon. The simple text, just right for reading aloud or for the beginning reader expresses perfectly the purity of a father's love for his child. Small readers will empathize with Monica"s longing for the moon, and will be reassured by her father's willingness to try to make her wish come true. And, on a deeper level, they will recognize that Papa is not merely fulfilling Monica's whim, but is demonstrating to her that even a seemingly unreachable goal can actually be attained. Papa, Please Get the Moon for Me is a book to be re-read many times, and to be treasured for its beauty and its positive message of love and inspiration.

Monica's father fulfills her request for the moon by taking it down after it is small enough to carry, but it continues to change in size. Some pages fold out to display particularly large pictures.

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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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780887080265
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
  • Publication date: 8/28/1991
  • Series: World of Eric Carle Series
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 42,793
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 11.40 (w) x 8.26 (h) x 0.47 (d)

Meet the Author

Eric Carle

Eric Carle is the author and illustrator of more than seventy books for children, many of them bestsellers. Born in Syracuse, New York, he moved to Germany with his parents when he was six years old. He studied at the Academy of Graphic Arts 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. His first two books, 1,2,3 to the Zoo and The Very Hungry Caterpillar, gained him immediate international recognition. The latter title, now considered a modern classic, has sold more than 30 million copies and has been translated into forty-eight languages. Eric Carle and his wife, Barbara, divide their time between the mountains of North Carolina and the Florida Keys.

Eric Carle is the author and illustrator of more than seventy books for children, many of them bestsellers. Born in Syracuse, New York, he moved to Germany with his parents when he was six years old. He studied at the Academy of Graphic Arts 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. His first two books, 1,2,3 to the Zoo and The Very Hungry Caterpillar, gained him immediate international recognition. The latter title, now considered a modern classic, has sold more than 30 million copies and has been translated into forty-eight languages. Eric Carle and his wife, Barbara, divide their time between the mountains of North Carolina and the Florida Keys.

Biography

Ever since he began innovating the look and function of children's stories in the late 1960s, Eric Carle has remained an author whose stories reliably hit the bestseller lists and remain on kids' bookshelves through generations.

He began as a designer of promotions and ads, and one illustration of a red lobster helped jump-start his career. The lobster caught the eye of author Bill Martin, Jr.; Martin asked Carle to illustrate the now-classic 1967 title Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? and a career was born.

Born in Syracuse, New York but brought by his immigrant parents back to Germany when he was six, Carle was educated in Stuttgart and designed posters for the United States Information Center there after graduating from art school. He finally returned to the country he missed so much as a child in 1952.

He eventually began procuring work on children's titles, and found himself becoming increasingly involved in them. "I felt something of my own past stirring in me," he wrote in a 2000 essay. "An unresolved part of my own education needed reworking, and I began to make books -- books for myself, books for the child in me, books I had yearned for. I became my own teacher -- but this time an understanding one."

He began his career with the 1968 title 1, 2, 3 to the Zoo; but his next title, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, is what still endears him to young readers today. Employing his bright, collage style and lending an immediacy to the tale by manifesting the caterpillar's hunger in actual holes in the pages, Carle began what would be a long career of creative approaches to simple stories. From the chirp emerging from The Very Quiet Cricket to the delightful fold-out pages in Papa, Please Get the Moon for Me, Carle's books provide surprises that make his stories come alive in ways that many titles for preschoolers do not.

Carle's style, with its diaphanous, busy and bold artwork, is perfect for engaging new readers. His stories are also popular with parents and educators for their introductions to the natural world and its cycles. It's a particular pleasure to follow Carle into different corners of the world and see what can be learned from the creatures who live in them.

Good To Know

Regularly asked where he gets his ideas, Carle is quoted on his publisher's web site as responding: "Of course, the question of where ideas come from is the most difficult of all. Some people like to say they get ideas when they're in the shower. That's always a very entertaining answer, but I think it's much deeper than that. It goes back to your upbringing, your education, and so forth." He does say, however, that the idea for The Very Hungry Caterpillar came when he whimsically began punching holes in some paper, which suggested to him a bookworm at work. His editor later suggested he change the bookworm to a caterpillar, and the rest is history.

Carle was unhappy to be in Germany when his immigrant parents brought him back there as a child. He hated his new school and wanted to go back to America. He said: "When it became apparent that we would not return, I decided that I would become a bridge builder. I would build a bridge from Germany to America and take my beloved German grandmother by the hand across the wide ocean."

Before he became a freelance illustrator and began working on children's books, Carle worked as a graphic designer for the New York Times and as art director of an ad agency.

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    1. Hometown:
      Northampton, Massachusetts and the Berkshires
    1. Date of Birth:
      June 25, 1929
    2. Place of Birth:
      Syracuse, New York
    1. Education:
      Akademie der bildenden Künste, Stuttgart, 1946-50
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  • Posted January 10, 2010

    Great for dads to read to daughters

    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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  • Posted May 16, 2010

    Nice children's book

    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

    Posted January 25, 2010

    wonderful story

    great story, my kids loved to read it over and over and were imagining the situation

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 14, 2009

    Eric Carle-Great as Usual

    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.

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  • Posted April 8, 2009

    Fun Board Book

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 8, 2007

    My 3 Year Old Loves This Book!!!

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 11, 2004

    Not a favorite

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2004

    Loved It

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 5, 2003

    I love this book!

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 12, 2003

    LOVELY

    MY DADS BEEN READING ME THIS BOOK SINCE I WAS A BABY EVEN THOUGH IT'S ALL TORN UP IT'S STILL A GREAT BOOK.HECK I'LL PROBABLY BE READING THAT BOOK TO MY CHILDREN!! I STILL READ IT TODAY AND I'M 11 YEARS OLD. I'LL NEVER GET TIRED OF IT!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 18, 2003

    Mother of Inquisitive 3 year old daughter

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 16, 2002

    Cute book, old idea

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 1, 2000

    a wonderfull little book

    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.

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