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Happy Birthday, Moon (Moonbear) Paperback – March 1, 2000


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Series: Moonbear
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Aladdin; Revised edition (March 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0689835442
  • ISBN-13: 978-0689835445
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 9.1 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #174,141 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Frank Asch, a graduate of Cooper Union, has written more than eighty children’s books, among them the bestselling classics featuring Moonbear and Baby Bear; Russian National Book Award recipient Here Comes the Cat; and Oppenheimer Toy Portfolio Golden Award winner Like a Windy Day. Mr. Asch divides his time between Vermont and Hawaii.

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The story was very cute and very entertaining!
Nate
This is a story that I remember reading when I was a kid and I remember it being one of my favorite stories for a while.
Rebecca Marcario
MY 2 1/2 years old son loves this book so much.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By ElizabethENGL340 at SJC on February 22, 2001
Format: Paperback
If all books could leave you with such a "warm and fuzzy" feeling in your heart! I'd like to comment on "Happy Birthday, Moon" by Frank Asch. A little bear wants to give the moon a birthday present, but before he does, he needs to find out what the moon wants. He then makes the journey across the river, hikes through the woods, and up into the mountains. The little bear feels that the closer he is to the moon, the better the moon can hear him. The little bear begins to talk with the moon by interpreting the moon's response through his own echo. Eventually, he buys the moon a hat, because that's what the little bear said he wanted...(so of course, that's what the moon wanted too!) This adorable children's fantasy is beautifully illustrated using simple illustrations with soft, rounded edges. The illustrations are accurate and correspond nicely with the content of the story. The calm mood of the night time is warmly displayed throughout the story. This book enhances the characterizations and avoids stereotypes of race and sex. I think this book should be read to children of all ages because it's theme is appealing and extremely worthwhile. It shows you about friendship, sharing, caring, forgiveness, and how making an effort to make someone else happy, can make you just as happy! I feel the author's style is very appropriate for children aged from zero to ...well...thirty-two! I'm still a kid a heart and absolutely loved it! I'm also a future teacher and love the content of this heartfelt story. This book fulfills a beautiful harmony of text, illustration, format and typography. I'm sure anyone would truly enjoy this wonderful little book about friendship, selflessness and love.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By kimberly y cevieux on March 28, 2000
Format: Paperback
As a future teacher who will have to face young children who are a lot more advanced (technologically, mentally, emotionally, and in many other respects) than I was this book offers me a feeling of comfort. A feeling that some innocene is still alive. Bears innocence is refreshing as well as delighting, and amusing. As many times as he speaks to the moon he never realizes that the moons voice sounds a lot like his. The voice that he hears, and that speaks to him uses all of the exact words that he uses. However, it never occurs to him that it is his own. His desire to make a new friend and please that friend is all he wants and although he may believe he found such a friend in the moon, he actually found it within himself. I feel that this book shows various qualities such as, forgiveness(when the hats are lost), caring(the giving of the presents), determination(bear traveling some distance until he is finally able to converse with the moon), and many more that I would like to help build in my children.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Sol, Luna y Estrellas on June 3, 2005
Format: Paperback
I have the original printing of this book that my mom bought for me when I was little and I still read it to this day just for sheer enjoyment. This is the perfect book for toddlers (I read it to my little brother when he was very young and he loved it!) I considered giving away my copy as a gift to a friend of mind who is having a baby soon and I decided to buy her her own copy because I couldn't bear to part with mine. This is a book to pass down definitely!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By E. R. Bird HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on March 7, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Children like stories where characters have mistaken ideas of what the moon is. The Caldecott winning book, "Many Moons" (which I HIGHLY recommend you run out and read immediately if not sooner) supposes that the moon is no larger than a thumbnail and made of pure gold. In this book, "Happy Birthday, Moon", a small cuddly bear supposes that the moon is like any other creature and, if you get close enough, you can have a conversation with it. Through a series of misadventures (echoes, trees, and winds) Bear comes to the conclusion that the moon would like a beautiful hat for its birthday. In the end, he and the moon have (in his mind) grown closer over the course of the story.
And boy oh boy is this picture book simple. No extraneous details or folderols here. The lines are clear cut and smooth. From the perfectly circular and yellow moon in the sky to the deftly lined Bear, not a single line or color is out of place here. For those parents wishing to calm their little ones down with a simply told, simply drawn story, this book is ideal. Concepts are not difficult to grasp and words never get any more difficult than "birthday" or "beautiful". It is a nice little book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Shrbear on February 17, 2002
Format: Paperback
I found this book by accident at the library while my 5 yr old daughter and I were looking for specific stories she had to read for school. I put it in the pile to be checked out and surprised her with it when we got home. She has had a stuffed crescent moon since she was a year old and has always had a fondness for the moon. She absolutely loved this story. We read it over and over. She told the story to her grandmom, her aunt, her cousins. Unfortunately the library book was due back. This will be a special gift for her upcoming birthday. I'm also considering Mooncake to go with it. There's nothing quite like having your little girl read stories to you especially a story that makes her smile long after the she's reached the end of the book.
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