Papa, Please Get the Moon for Me

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.

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.

ISBN: 9780887081774
0887081770
9780689829598
0689829590
9780887080265
088708026X
9780590431125
0590431129
Characteristics: [24] pages, 6 folded :,colour illustrations ;,29 cm.

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BookEMonster
Feb 01, 2019

Wonderful, imaginative story with Carle's great illustrations!

ksoles Mar 03, 2015

In his quintessentially magical way, Eric Carle brings the father-daughter bond to life in "Papa, Please Get the Moon for Me." When little Monica, amazed by the splendour of it outside her window, tries to reach for the moon, she becomes saddened to realize she can't touch it. Her father then takes Monica outside to gaze at the evening sky and she requests, “Papa, Please Get the Moon for Me”?

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.

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tinadanielle
Feb 18, 2014

The hard cover copy we borrowed had a page missing and another one fell when we opened it. It is well worn.

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DawnLib16
Apr 15, 2017

DawnLib16 thinks this title is suitable for 3 years and over

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