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PAPA, PLEASE GET THE MOON FOR ME

Author: Eric Carle

Illustrator: Eric Carle

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Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Material: hard cover

Summary: Little Monica sees the huge moon in the sky and asks her daddy to pull it down for her; he does, the moon shrinks and disappears, and reappears in the sky. Lots of fold-out pages with Carle artwork.

Type of Reading: bedtime story, family reading, read aloud book

Recommended Age: read together: 3 to 6; read yourself: 7 to 9

Interest Level: 4 to 6

Reading Level: 2.2

Age of Child: Read with 5-year-old child.

Young Reader Reaction: S/He was not horribly interested. The pictures are colorful but story makes no sense.

Adult Reader Reaction: We can take it or leave it. The fact that the moon in the story shrinks and disappears, as the moon in the sky does, will be lost on some kids.

Pros: If you like Carle's artwork you'll love sharing these extra-wide foldout pages with your kids.

Cons: Feminists will have a fit: Monica asks her Daddy to get the moon for her, and he does. (Woman needs man to get something for her; woman literally asking for the moon; etc.)

Borrow or Buy: Borrow. See if you like it, and see how you're child does with the pages. The fold-outs are nice, but they're still paper.

If You Liked This Book, Try: AND STILL THE TURTLE WATCHED   JUMP, FROG, JUMP!   MISS SPIDER'S TEA PARTY

Educational Themes: The story teaches the phases of the moon, as Papa waits for the moon to wane and be small enough to carry home to his daughter.

Literary Categories: Nonfiction - picture book, nature

Date(s) Reviewed: January 2004

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