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Wait Till the Moon Is Full Paperback – November 15, 1989


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 3
  • Paperback: 36 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; Reprint edition (November 15, 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 006443222X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0064432221
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.1 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #43,037 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Few writers have been as attuned to the concerns and emotions of childhood as Margaret Wise Brown (1910-1952). A graduate of Hollins College and the progressive Bank Street College of Education, she combined her literary aspirations with the study of child development. Her unique ability to see the world through a child's eyes is unequaled. Her many classic books continue to delight thousands of young listeners and readers year after year.


Muy pocos escritores de literatura infantil han logrado captar las emociones e inquietudes de la niñez como Margaret Wise Brown (1910-1952). Sus numerosos y ya clásicos libros y grabaciones continúan deleitando a lectores y oyentes de todas las edades.



Garth Williams began his work on the pictures for the Little House books by meeting Laura Ingalls Wilder at her home in Missouri, and then he traveled to the sites of all the little houses. His charming art caused Laura to remark that she and her family "live again in these illustrations."


More About the Author

Margaret Wise Brown wrote hundreds of books and stories during her life, but she is best known for Goodnight Moon and Runaway Bunny. Even though she died over 45 years ago, her books still sell very well. Margaret loved animals. Most of her books have animals as characters in the story. She liked to write books that had a rhythm to them. Sometimes she would put a hard word into the story or poem. She thought this made children think harder when they are reading. She wrote all the time. There are many scraps of paper where she quickly wrote down a story idea or a poem. She said she dreamed stories and then had to write them down in the morning before she forgot them. She tried to write the way children wanted to hear a story, which often isn't the same way an adult would tell a story. She also taught illustrators to draw the way a child saw things. One time she gave two puppies to someone who was going to draw a book with that kind of dog. The illustrator painted many pictures one day and then fell asleep. When he woke up, the papers he painted on were bare. The puppies had licked all the paint off the paper. Margaret died after surgery for a bursting appendix while in France. She had many friends who still miss her. They say she was a creative genius who made a room come to life with her excitement. Margaret saw herself as something else - a writer of songs and nonsense.

Customer Reviews

This book was one of my favorites as a child.
Claire A. Iveson
It's a very cute story and illustrations are wonderful!
B. Brown
The book keeps the attention of twin 2 year olds.
R. Garcia

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

30 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Richard j. Agin on July 6, 2000
Format: School & Library Binding
I first discovered this book while teaching Kindergarten several years ago. The story and it's wonderful illistrations struck a chord of wonder and notalgia in me that I had not experienced in a long, long time. Thereafter, it became my favorite storytime book with the children. The book was lost one year to my distress, so you can imagine the joy I felt in finding it here, available to the publc once more. This is a book that should be read and enjoyed by all.
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 24, 2001
Format: Paperback
I have been looking for a copy of this book for years. While visiting my brother recently I discovered that he had the copy that we read over and over again when we were children. It's in poor shape, a testimony to the use it received. He wouldn't part with it, so I am so pleased to find it available again. I'm sure my 2-year old grandson will enjoy this sweet and gentle story as much as I did.
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 5, 1999
Format: Paperback
My mother read this book to me when I was a little girl. I have been looking for this book for 25 years and am so glad to find it. As a 41 year old woman I am going to order it because this story brings back such safe, wonderful feelings and memories for me.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 2, 2000
Format: Paperback
What can anyone say about this tender book. It had an enourmous influence on me as I grew up. I loved the language and the pictures. Today I have sold paintings and some of my writing. And writing poetry comes very very easy to me. This is a book that has made a difference.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 16, 1998
Format: Paperback
I read this book as a child in the hardbound copy. I am so happy it is still in print for other children to enjoy. The story shows the sweet patience of a loving mother and her cub who cannot wait to get outside to play.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Anne Ruud on October 21, 2009
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Children's book "Wait Till The Moon Is Full" by Margaret Wise Brown, pictures by Garth Williams, is a classic book for both small children and their parents. Children will be enchanted with the story of a little boy raccoon growing up under a big warm chestnut tree. There he lives with his mother as she goes about her days cooking, washing, ironing, sewing and singing him raccoon songs about the night and the moon. Little Raccoon lives like a little child with his toys (notice especially the picture of the enchanting toy raccoon on wheels with a pull-string) who pesters his mother with innumerable questions about the night because he has already seen the day. Mother Raccoon, however, instructs him to wait and sings him songs of the moon when she can't answer all of his questions at once. Finally the moon is full and, with his mother's graceful permission, off Little Raccoon goes to enjoy the night and to learn about his new and bigger world. The adult reader and Mother Raccoon, however, understand what a child cannot: that Little Raccoon must grow up enough before he can safely go out into the world to enjoy its pleasures and to cope with its perils. The charm and lessons lie in the writing and illustrations. Can't we just imagine how thin a moon is when it is as "thin as the curve of a raccoon's whisker?" Or understand Little Raccoon's impatience when told to "wait until the moon is full?" Or to feel delight when the little raccoon's patience is rewarded and he can go out into the night to meet new friends and play in the moonlight? The appealing narrative and delightful illustrations, many in black and brown ink, will engross and entertain both the small child longing to explore the world and the adult reader who more fully understands the world's joys and sorrows and rich possibilities. This is a most highly recommended book for small children and the adults who read to them, the little raccoons and the mother raccoons in all of us.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Claire A. Iveson on October 19, 2005
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
This book was one of my favorites as a child. I was delighted to find that it was available -- at bought four copies immediately to give to special children.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By R. Bruner on August 11, 2009
Format: Hardcover
This was my favorite book as a child, and my mother saved my copy for so I can now read it to my daughter. This is a sweet story about a little racoon and his excitment to go outside for his first night out when the moon is finally full. This is the same author of other beloved books such as "THe Runaway Bunny" and "GoodNight Moon".
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