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Papa, Please Get the Moon for Me

4.16  ·  Rating details ·  5,143 ratings  ·  287 reviews
This story literally unfolds as pages open dramatically, extending both outward and upward. Monica wants the moon to play with, so her Papa sets out to get it for her. It isn't easy to climb all the way to the moon, but he finally succeeds--only to find that the moon is too big to carry home! The way the problem is resolved is a joyful surprise. Illustrated. ...more
Hardcover, Miniature Edition, 40 pages
Published August 20th 1991 by Simon Schuster Books for Young Readers (first published September 26th 1986)
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Jon Nakapalau
Dec 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Beautiful tale of a father who will do anything for his daughter.
Nov 06, 2008 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: little spoiled brats that have everything except a grasp of logical, natural consequences
Shelves: with-holden
What kind of message was Eric Carle sending here? The "Papa" in this story is a hopeless push-over -- the way that little girl bosses him around! Going for whimsy and fantasy is one thing but this little brat has done nothing to earn the heroic feat that her father performs. And then she acts all surprised when the waning moon disappears? She looked old enough to have put together the pieces of lunar dynamics on her own.

I will say this though: the way the pages fold out is extra creative. For th
Absolutely loved. I mean it was great and gave me the feel of wanting to read it every night before I went to bed. Eric Carle is a genius in his own right. The artwork and the storyline proved to be truly captivating.
Aug 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
Sure, it sets impossible standards for myself as a father whose limits are planted firmly within reality. And sure, it plays fast and loose with the laws of physics. But my two-year-old loves it, from the angular paintings to the fold-out pages, from the daddy and daughter to the moon and stars. And isn't that all that really matters? ...more
Jan 20, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Nov 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I like this book because Papa gets the moon for a little child who plays with it and it (spoiler alert) disappears. She says "where did the moon go?" and it's in the sky. There's lots of flaps: some go in, some go out, some go north, some go south, some even go east. ...more
Elissa Still
Papa, Please Get the Moon for Me is about a young girl named Monica who loves the moon. She tries to reach the moon but she can quite make it, and so she asks her father to get the moon for her. The reading level of this book is kindergarten through 2nd grade.

Comments/observations: This book, like many of Carle’s other ingenious books, has an interactive element and the pages literally fold out and pop up as the reader goes through the story. This book is heartwarming as it shows a fathers
Kaia Calhoun
Dec 18, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Love the illustrations and the story!
Mar 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Pretty cool book. I read it to some preschoolers and their parents. They seemed to like it.
Mar 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Monica looked out her bedroom window and wished she could play with the moon, so she asked her father to get the moon for her.

Papa gets a v-e-r-y l-o-n-g ladder [a double page fold-out], and carries it toward a v-e-r-y h-i-g-h mountain.

Papa puts the v-e-r-y l-o-n-g ladder on top of the v-e-r-y h-i-g-h mountain [a single page fold-up], and climbs up and up and up.

Finally Papa reaches the moon [a double page fold-up and fold-down] and tells the moon that Monica wants to play with him, but he is to
Rachael Boyt
Feb 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
Author: Eric Carle
Illustrator: Eric Carle
Genre: Picture Book, Interactive
Awards: ILA/CBC Children's Choices
Audience: Pre-school – 3rd

Monica desperately wants to play with the moon, but she can’t quite seem to reach it. Her father waits until the moon is small and then uses a ladder to reach the moon and bring it to her. This is a sweet story about a father who will do anything for his daughter that can also be used to teach children about the phases of the moon.

A. This is an interactive picture
Nov 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
We always say that fathers will go above and beyond for their children. Well, in this book, this phrase is definitely expressed in the story. A young girl happens to notice the moon and tries to reach for it, but it is too far away. So, she asked her Papa, "Papa, please get the moon for me?" Her father grabbed the tallest ladder he can find, and set it up on top of a very large mountain, then climbed ALL the way up just to reach the moon. Once he got there, he told the moon that his daughter wan ...more
Hoang Ngan TRAN
This book is truly beautiful. It's about a little who wants to get the moon to play with her and her father had help her wish came true. Although after that the moon disappeared, it re-appear once again in the sky.
In my opinion, the style of drawing is a little bit odd, maybe a down grade to this book. But overall I love the idea and the storyline. I was touched how big the love the father has for his daughter so that he could try everything to get the moon for her. Furthermore, the story also t
Sean Harding
Jan 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: carle-eric
Somewhat inventive tale by Carle with his glorious illustrations. Is it all symbolic or just an inventive fantastic tale to supplement the illustrations. Who knows? - but it is worth the price of admission and will be loved by kids of all ages.
Nov 03, 2020 rated it liked it

This is a children’s picture book about a little girl who begs her father to get the moon for her so she can play with it, but unfortunately the moon is too big, so he must wait until it gets smaller to capture it for her.
Michelle Lee
May 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I love how some of the pages fold out for the larger illustrations.
Kristen Dutkiewicz
Nov 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens
First, my Kindergarten students all enjoyed how each page folded a different way. Secondly, I loved how papa was willing to climb all the way to the moon for his daughter.
Fun fold outs augment the simple story. Also some nice simple astronomy.
Alexis Espinosa
Papa, Please Get the Moon for Me is a picture book that has pages that unfold the story as readers turn each page. The main character Monica wants the moon to play with her so she asks her papa to get the moon for her. The moon is high but he gets it, the only problem is that it is too big for him to bring it home.

Comments/observations: My emotional readers response was that the interactive illustrations engaged the readers and overall made the book more interesting. The story was good and the t
Amy Clinton
Sep 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 642
"Papa, please get the moon for me" is about a little girl who wants to play with the moon. Her father tries to climb up to it and bring it down, but it is too large. The moon tells him that he gets smaller each night, so they waited until he was small enough to bring home and play with. The little girl played with the moon until it dissappeared. It then reappeared in the sky the next night.

This is a really cute toy picture book that allows the reader to dream big. The illustrations were made by
Andrew Swanson
Oct 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
I remember “reading” this book as a child on VHS, on the “Very Hungry Caterpillar & Other Stories” tape that my mom got me as a kid (which also included the “Very Quiet Cricket.”) This was my first time experiencing the book in book form as opposed to animated film form. It was an interesting experience.

The little girl in the narrative asks her father to get the moon for her, since she is too short and can’t reach it, but she wants to play with it. Her father fetches a very long ladder, climbs a
Shauna Walters
Apr 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: t-l-307
This book is about a young girl who asks her father to get the moon so she can play with it. Once the father got it for his daughter and she had it in her possession, it gets smaller and smaller until it disappears. Soon though one night a sliver of the moon reappears and every night gets bigger again. There are a few themes in this book that are great for young readers to see. First, it is about love and demonstrates a father’s love for his daughter, and how he would try to do anything for her. ...more
Jun 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I got this for my hubby for Father's Day. Since my daughter was born, I get him a daddy book every year for Father's Day and sign it with my daughter's name (and now the 2nd one we're expecting!). I was especially excited about this one because it's a daddy and daughter book, and it's Eric Carle. I love his books and illustrations.

This is a sweet book showing the lengths that a dad will go to for his daughter. It also shows the stages of the moon. This book has pages that pull out to get big and
Okay, I first need to say that the standard placed on parents from this book is impossible.
Now, the way I see this book is that it has two lessons to share. First lesson is to the parents to not get pushed over and bullied by their children no matter how much they want to give them the moon, the world, everything. The second lesson is to the children. No matter how much you want something, be happy with what your parents do for you to have what you do have.
Natalie Pietro
Jan 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
What a clever little book. Eric Carle author of The Very Hungry Caterillar put together another wonderful book to not only delight my son but I as well. I love his timeless artwork. The blue/green skies are magical. He too put a lot of imagination not only in the story but how the pages unfolded before your eyes. This is a very fun read and just the purfect size for my little guy.
Cierra Tigard
Jun 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
I think, although "unrealistic" it shows how much curiosity children have for the stars in the sky, and how they don't really understand how small they are. This is a book that can be used as a gateway to explain simple astronomy concepts. ...more
Aug 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cute story portraying the love a father has for his child, and the great lengths (no matter how it seems impossible) he'd go to get whatever it is she needs. The illustrations are quite lovely as well. Nice work, Eric Carle. ...more
Tam Bush
Oct 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: tch_lrn-544
As a lover of books written by Eric Carle, this work shows a love between a father and his daughter. I appreciated the how giving the moon was to the father to share a bit of himself to the child to enjoy the moon for what it is. Another touching book written and illustrated by a great author.
Jul 07, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: for-my-son
Sweet story, with soothing illustrations. Great bedtime book.
Aug 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
My daughter loves this story
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Eric Carle (born June 25, 1929) is a children's book author and illustrator, most famous for his book The Very Hungry Caterpillar, which has been translated into over 30 languages. Since The Very Hungry Caterpillar was published in 1969, Eric Carle has illustrated more than seventy books, many best sellers, most of which he also wrote, and more than 71 million copies of his books have sold around ...more

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