Friday, May 11, 2007

Papa, Please Get the Moon for Me by Eric Carle

I recommend this book for: mostly those under the age of 10 (and Dads of any age)

I love Eric Carle, and this is one of the reasons why. Monica sees the moon in the sky and decides she wants to play with it, so she asks her father to go get it. Papa gets a very long ladder (you have to fold out two pages to see exactly how long!), goes up to a very tall mountain, and waits for the full moon to get small enough to carrry. Monica plays and dances with the moon until it disappears entirely, but then it reappears in the sky and starts to get bigger, and bigger . . .

It works on so many levels! The fold out pages are really fun, the illustrations are gorgeous (as always with Carle), it shows the cycle of the moon, and tenderly portrays the relationship between the father and daughter. I read this book one night in a small storytime where only 2 dads had come - both with their daughters - and it was a beautiful thing.

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