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Papa, Please Get the Moon for Me (The World of Eric Carle Miniature Edition) Hardcover – August 20, 1991


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 310L (What's this?)
  • Series: The World of Eric Carle Miniature Edition
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers; Min edition (August 20, 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0887081770
  • ISBN-13: 978-0887081774
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 4.2 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.3 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (195 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,845 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers 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.
Copyright 1986 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 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.
Copyright 1986 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

Customer Reviews

This book is very small and pages are sensitive to tear.
Ruth Reyna
I HIGHLY recommend this book for all those little moon lovers out there.
R. Reeves
When the book came in the mail I was very disappointed with the size.
J. Kiesewetter

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Adrian on March 17, 2000
Format: Hardcover
My two and a half year old son loved this book too apart from Eric Carle's The Very Hungry Caterpillar. This book speaks volumes for little ones - it is no longer wishful thinking for them to "get at" the moon. Yet another gem from Eric Carle and I am glad that his book did not disappoint. Books like this are rare because it takes a gifted writer to perceive things from a child's view and most of us have grown so up and old to ever remember what it was like and what mattered to us when we were children.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By audrey TOP 500 REVIEWER on November 5, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Author Eric Carle (The Very Lonely Firefly, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, The Very Busy Spider) excels in creating books that offer children more than words on a page -- he consistently incorporates additional elements (lights, holes(!), textures) that make the books even more interesting to thirsty little minds.
In this book, a smaller portable version of the original, a girl asks her father for the moon. Fold-out pages complement Carle's unique illustrative style as we discover a looooooong ladder that reaches to the moon and back, and a magnificent four-page center spread revealing the full moon in all its glory.
This fantastic tale for young children is sure to delight parents and kids.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 25, 2000
Format: Hardcover
My daughter's Kindergarten teacher recommended this book because it seems the kids really take to it. My daughter, who is 4, said it's a really, really funny book. I personally love the large format of the hardback edition, because the foldout ladder after all has to be very big, to reach the moon.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Lily Love on August 15, 2004
Format: Board book
I have 20-month old twins who absolutely adore this book. We got it out from the library and they've wanted me to read it to them every day...many times a day. They love the pictures and how the pages flip up or down. They are facinated with the moon and the stars. They may not exactly understand yet what this book is about, however, it gets them interested in reading. We own many of Eric Carle books and this is one of my (and their)personal favorites. It really is timeless. A great story!

I would be careful letting your really young children play with this one alone since the pages are thin and easily ripped. It is one to read to them and put away after you're done.
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27 of 33 people found the following review helpful By E. R. Bird HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on April 18, 2004
Format: Board book
You hear about this sometimes. An artist becomes so famous and influential that they're eventually able to go back to some of their earlier works and (to their mind) improve them. Steven Spielberg did it with "E.T." Singer/songwriters are constantly reinventing their old classics. Eric Carle did it with "Papa, Please Get the Moon For Me". And though I usually object heartily to artistic preferences changing old classics that technically belong to the masses (ya hear that Speilberg???), in Carle's case I'm willing to make an exception. Changing a mildly interesting story into a complicated (but hearty) pseudo pop-up book, Carle has recreated his art the only way an artist should: he has made it better.
Following in the tradition of such children-asking-their-parents-for-the-moon classics as "Many Moons" (highly recommended!), in this simple story a girl asks her father to please get her that large circular piece of rock in the sky. The father complies, hauling out the longest ladder anyone has ever seen and taking it to the tallest mountain in the world. Initially depressed by the fact that the moon is (surprise!) too large to bring to his daughter, the father is eventually comforted by the moon itself. It tells the man that if he just waits for it to wax and wane, it'll become a manageable size in no time. This turns out to be the case and the little girl is delighted when the father hands her the sliver that is the moon to play with.
The book flap says that by reading this book, children will come to realize that, "even a seemingly unreachable goal can actually be attained". I dunno about that. If that's the moral of this story, then I want no part of it.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Cheryl on November 26, 2003
Format: Board book
Every night my daughter wants us to go outside and look for the moon. When I saw this book I knew I had to get it and she LOVES it. We change the name from "monica" to our daughters name, and when you get to the moon pop-out page she always laughs and screams and jumps. I also recommend "The night moon fell down" - another wonderful favorite.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Cheryll L. Nelson on April 13, 2006
Format: Board book Verified Purchase
I am a speech pathologist who reads this to children from ages three to eight. The children are soooo impressed with the foldouts and my favorite spot of my day is watching a first time "reader" of the book as the foldouts spread out. The pages with the longest ladder anyone has ever seen knock the kids between the eyes! You HAVE to see their faces!!

The spread of the full moon always evokes a reverent "WOW!" from any age child. Their expressions are priceless.

This book is a very good book for teaching so many concepts: sizes (as the moon gets bigger and then smaller), long, high.

While many of the concepts are abstract for language disabled three year olds, it is an impressive book which will teach other concepts and vocabulary.

I agree with another reviewer: this book should be wider known. I had no idea it was such a lovely book until I saw it on display in the teacher's lounge. The display copy was a small board book. Once I saw the potential of this book, I ordered it in the larger, hard cover version. It has been a worthwhile investment.
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