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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 x 0.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #202,569 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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Customer Reviews

The story was very cute and very entertaining!
Nate
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.
Shrbear
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

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

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 "The Word Man" on July 6, 2009
Format: Paperback
This exciting children's book teaches a wonderful lesson about giving to others using the moon as an imaginary friend. The book also has an underlying mission that teaches the reader (Or listener) about the dynamics of an echo. It is a "must have" for every children's library. (Especially those home libraries of bedtime stories) The beautiful illustrations make it perfect bedtime reading for newborns and beyond. Once children start learning to read to themselves, this book is perfect because of its simplicity and the special lesson that it conveys.
The lesson about giving something special to somebody else to celebrate your own special occasions goes way beyond the bindings of this 28 page children's book. I have two daughters who for the past decade have been "donating their Christmas holidays and birthdays" to orchestrate fund raisers for children, animals, and disabled people less fortunate than themselves. Working together and individually they have raised over a quarter of a million dollars for bunk beds and a playground for a children's shelter, seed money to build a new animal shelter and wildlife hospital, hurricane supply kits for the disabled, and many more worthy causes. Their "credo" has always been "Rather than presents for me, I am asking everyone to "give a little" to help those who need it the most. It sounds like what Bear did in "Happy Birthday Moon". For his birthday, he wanted to get a special present for the moon rather than focusing on what he wanted for himself. What a wonderful lesson for young children to incorporate into their own set of values. Thank you Mr. Asch for this deep and wonderful message buried at the surface of this simple children's bedtime story. It was an important influence on what my daughters have been able to accomplish because it was one of their favorite bedtime stories.
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