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Many Moons (A Harcourt Brace contemporary classic) Paperback – September 1, 1998
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In this story a little princess of ten years (going on eleven) become ill from eating, "a surfeit of raspberry tarts". The only cure she wishes for is for someone to get her the moon. Her father, the king, calls in his cleverest advisors, but no one can think of a way to bring the princess the moon. The court jester comes up with the answer, though by the end of the tale it is the princess who has shown true wisdom.
Author James Thurber is as equally well known for his witty cartoons in the "New Yorker" as he is for his books and articles. In this little gem he has taken his audience down a notch. Recognizing that wit and long words are just as appropriate for a five year old as a person of fifty, the book contains a series of delightful asides and ideas. For example, after listing his brilliant accomplishments to the king, the Royal Wizard points out that he also gave the king a cloak of invisibility.
"It didn't work," said the King. "The cloak of invisibility didn't work."
"Yes, it did," said the Royal Wizard.
"No, it didn't," said the King. "I kept bumping into things, the same as ever."
"The cloak is supposed to make you invisible," said the Royal Wizard. "It is not supposed to keep you from bumping into things."
"All I know is, I kept bumping into thing," said the King.Read more ›
How many times did I read this charming book to my daughter? More than we can count. Long after she could read for herself, it was a favorite. My daughter is now 17 and thinking about college. And yet to this day, when we see a crescent moon shining brightly in the sky, we say, "It's Lenore's moon!"
A beautiful, timeless classic, short, sweet, and unforgettable.
This book passed the litmus-test with me. In fact, I still have the well-loved paperback copy from the years when I was still learning to read carefully set in my bookshelf. Thurber, as many know, is a master of story-telling, and "Many Moons" is moonlight-light and meaningful and absolutely *fun* at the same time, not once "talking down" to the reader. And Slobodkin's watercolors compliment Thurber's prose perfectly. It will be a book the child (or adult!) you give it to will enjoy for years and years to come. At least as long as the binding holds out.
Princess Lenore (who is 10, soon to be 11) becomes ill when she eats too many raspberry tarts. Gazing out her window, she sees the shining moon. The king, her father, asks what he can do to help her recover. She replies that if he gives her the moon, "I will be well again."
Being a doting father, he sets out to get the moon for her. He calls in each of his wise men, one by one, and they give him lots of reasons why she cannot have the moon. And they also waste lots of time bragging about all of the things they have gotten for the king in the past. In despair, the king doesn't know what to do. He complains to the Court Jester, who makes a most reasonable suggestion. In order to get the moon for the princess, "The thing to do is to find out how big Princess Leonore thinks it is, and how far away."
The answer to the question leads to a temporary solution.
But then, a new problem arises: How to explain when the moon arises the following night. The Princess again helps the Court Jester find the answer.
The story is developed in a most humorous and light hearted way. The satire will be easily understood by even the youngest child. The "wise" men really know nothing, and the "fool" is really wise. But Princess Lenore has the most sense of any of them.
The book is greatly enhanced by loose, free-flowing watercolors in beautiful pastel tones done by illustrator Louis Slobodkin.Read more ›
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A charming and funny read. It's one of my go-to presents for kids.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
This is my favorite children's book and the story is for everyone. It reminds you of how important it is to find out what another person thinks rather than trying to figure it out... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Austin film viewer
Still wonderful as it tells the reader (child) that her perspective is what counts.Published 8 months ago by MongolMaid
great book! funny and sweet with lots of heart! love slobokin's illustrations!Published 12 months ago by _
This is really a delightful book. In some ways it is perfect satire of all the stories about princesses, but it is also a heartwarming story in it's own right. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Douglas King
Great kids books.....and fun for adults, also. Get it and give it away to little kids.Published 15 months ago by brenda redding
My book, Many Moons, arrived earlier than expected, especially considering the weather we have been having. Read morePublished 24 months ago by Martha