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Happy Birthday, Moon (Moonbear #2)

4.17 of 5 stars 4.17  ·  rating details  ·  2,708 ratings  ·  94 reviews
A poetic fantasy, Happy Birthday, Moon has delighted fans for years as a simple yet reassuring celebration of love and friendship.
Hardcover, 0 pages
Published March 1st 2000 by Perfection Learning (first published 1982)
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Jaimee Huskins
Happy Birthday Moon by Frank Asch Happy Birthday, Moon by Frank Asch I think this book is one of my FAVORITE childhood books. When I was very little my mother read this to me all the time. In this book a little bear decides that he want to go talk to the moon and that is what he does. When reading this book to young children I feel like it allows the imagination to run wild. It lets the child think that it can go and talk to the moon and find out something about themselves and the "moon". In this book with older children you co ...more
Hannah Collier
"Happy Birthday Moon" is a children's book about a bear who wants to get the moon a birthday present but doesn't know when the moons birthday is. The bear goes on a journey to get closer to the moon. The bear gets to the very top of a mountain and talks to the moon about it's birthday. The moon answers all of bears questions. So the next day Bear comes back with a hat to give the moon as a birthday present and leaves the hat on a tree branch for the moon to get. The next morning there's a hat on ...more
Kristy
A cute story for younger elementary-aged children. Bear wants to get the moon a birthday present and travels to a high distance to talk to the moon. Full of humor and suspense, the author gives the reader a chance to practice making an "echo sound" to capture what the bear imagines the moon is saying to him in return. Helpful for teaching about giving/generosity, communication and listening, cause and effect.
Maya Ely
"Happy Birthday, Moon" was a great read for children that are at the beginning levels of reading. I didn't know that this book existed until my professor read it to my classmates and I in our Children's Literature class. The illustrations were very eye catching, but the thing that made me so interested in this book was the awesome word choice. The story also teaches children a little lesson about the moon in a humorous manner which is great.

I am an education major and I plan on reading many boo
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Robert Beveridge
Frank Asch, Happy Birthday, Moon (Aladdin, 1982)

This one took the Bean some growing into, but nowadays he likes it a good deal, and we read it at storytime at least twice a week. It's the story of a lonely bear who decides to get the moon a birthday present, goes to the mountains (in order to be closer to the moon), and then talks to the moon (actually, his echo), with the expected, and actually rather touching, results. Get it out of the library first to make sure your kid is in the right age r
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Jamie
Bear enjoyed looking at the moon and wanted to show the moon how much he loved it. He wanted to give the moon a birthday present. He traveled to the top of a mountain to ask the moon when its birthday was and what it wanted for a present. Everything bear said to the moon was echoed, so Bear thought the moon’s birthday was the next day, just like his, and that the moon wanted a hat, just like Bear. Bear got a hat for the moon, and he thought the moon got him a hat too. They both were happy with t ...more
Kcodd92
Happy Birthday Moon by Frank Asch is about a bear who decides he wants to get the moon a presentfor his birthday. The bear climbed trees, paddled across the river and hiked through the forest into the mountains to get close enough to talk to the moon. His voice echos off the mountain so the bear thinks the moon is speaking back. After talking to the moon the bear decides to get the moon a hat. The bear buys a hat and takes it to the moon. The hat flies off and ends up at the bears doorsteps. The ...more
Amanda Hicks
This is a good picture book for kids to use their imagination. There are also a few vocabulary words that could be introduced to kids. This is a story about a bear who loves the moon so much that he follows the moon to the top of a mountain and finds out when his birthday is and what he wants for it. Little does the bear know, it is his echo he is hearing, and naturally, he and the moon share the same birthday, and they both would like a hat.
Avigail
Part of what's so endearing about the books in this series is how the narrator acknowledges to the reader that the moon (and in other books other things in nature such as clouds and rain) are not actually reacting to Bear, but rather it is his internal narrative and perception of events that create the plot. I suspect that my son is too young to pick up on this and is understanding the plots from Bear's perspective.
Renee
3.75 This is the first time I've read a Frank Asch book. The book has been re-printed with a slightly updated cover (has a white border). I thought it was a sweet story and lends itself to talking about echoes, birthdays, and friendship with students. PreK-1st
Bobbi Caulfield
A favorite childhood book! A very delightful story of friendship between a bear and the moon showing examples of kindness and thinking of others. A great story for beginning readers as well.
Meg McGregor
I know that most people really like this book, but quite frankly, the story line was just silly - and not in a good "silly" way.

It left both me and my little ones just wanting the story to end.
Heidi
I know I've seen the cover of this book many times. But my memory doesn't have me as reading it ever. It's not a bad story. I like the illustrations better than the text. While the story line is cute, the echoing for some reason caused an eyebrow to raise. No idea why. I probably would have clicked with it more when I was younger. Definitely a good book for readers who are moving on from beginning but still not ready for easy chapter books. The text is large. Plenty of white space. The echoing c ...more
The Book Box
Mama read this to me after my nap. The repetitive echoing lines of Bear talking to Moon kept my attention. This was a really cute book.
Amy
I was so excited when I saw this in my field placement because I loved it as a kid. The bear in this story is intent on wishing the moon a happy birthday and getting him a present, yet the moon always "repeats" what Bear is saying, which confuses him. This is a really sweet story that is great to read with children because it can be discussed further on echoes, phases of the moon (the moon slowly rises to fit a hat on its head that Bear puts in the tree for him.. so cute) and birthdays. I think ...more
Ashleyd
PK-2nd Easy/Everybody Picture Book

Themes: Moon, Friendship, Birthday

Frank Asch is one of my favorite writers. His timeless tales are great for kids. I am so happy that his books are finally being reprinted.

Maybe it is the memory of this book, but I can't imagine my childhood without sharing Frank Asch books with others. So many new books are made cartoonish, popular, and aren't simple classic stories that everyone can relate to.
Deanna
Another witty book about this silly bear and his fondness towards the moon.
Kristy
this book was really cute both of my kids really enjoyed it
Katherine Fountain
Frank Asch is perhaps my favorite children's author and this book is why! What a fun and imaginative story about a young bear who hears his echo when talking to the moon. I read this story as part of an English Language Arts lesson plan to my first graders who really valued birthdays. Most of them understood that there was in fact an echo but loved the imagination. This story does not have any possible stereotypes or offensive parts in it because the two characters are Bear and Moon. I would def ...more
Brandy
One of my favorites from when I was little.
Emmet Miles
first birthday present from grandma Teresa.
Robert J
One of my children's favorites.
Edward Sullivan
A reissue of this charming classic.
Nathan
Read to James and John
Fjóla
Another story about Moon Bear, so adorable! Moon Bear talks to the moon and the moon talks back. Turns out the moon wished for the exact same things as Moon Bear, how cute. Perfect for toddlers and preschoolers. They'll have a slightly better understanding than Moon Bear, and rejoice in it. This book centers on echo, whereas the last one we read, Bear Shadow was about how he perceived his shadow. Simple and endearing.
Elizabeth
I like this book, and I show the Weston Woods film of it at least once a year, and my library even has the matching stamp to stamp the kids' hands/papers, but I have to admit I don't entirely "get" it. I mean, what is going on with this bear's living situation? He seems like a child, yet he's out and about in the middle of the night, canoeing across the lake and climbing mountains in the dark. Where are this bear's parents? Why doesn't he wear a life jacket? So many unanswered questions.
Courtney
This was a cute little book. Happy Birthday, Moon was about an adorable little bear that wanted to give the moon a birthday present. He went up in the mountains to talk to the moon to find out when its birthday was and what it wanted. When he got there he heard his own voice echo and thought it was the moon. He ended up getting the moon a hat and put it way up high in the tree for the moon to get. This book teaches children a great lesson of kindness, sharing, and giving to others.
Sunnyvale Librarian
Bear wants to give the moon a birthday present. So he paddles across the river and hikes through the forest and climbs to the mountain top to call up to the moon, asking what it would like. It turns out that Bear and the moon like exactly the same things, so Bear goes to town the next day and gets the moon's present. It gets complicated after that, the moon's present gets lost and Bear's does too--but they're still friends and wish each other "Happy Birthday."
Brandi
A sweet little picture book in which a bear tries to find the perfect birthday gift for the Moon.
Genny Flett
Bear loves the moon and wants to give him a birthday present. Bear doesn't know when the moon's birthday is so he travels until he can get close enough to talk to the moon and ask him. When the bear talks to the moon, bear thinks the moon is talking back but really it is Bear's echo. Bear ends up buying the moon a hat and the moon "gives" Bear the same hat.

Good book to use when discussing the stages of the moon.
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Frank Asch is an American children's writer, best known for his Moonbear picture books.

Asch published his first picture book, George's Store, in 1968. The following year he graduated from Cooper Union with a BFA. Since then he has taught at a public school in India, as well as at a Montessori school in the United States, conducted numerous creative workshops for children. He has written over 60 bo
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