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Happy Birthday, Moon

(Moonbear #2)

4.20  ·  Rating details ·  3,913 ratings  ·  186 reviews
Bear loves the moon so much that he wants to give him a birthday present. But he doesn't know when his birthday is or what to get him. So Bear goes to have a little chat with the moon. A poetic fantasy, Happy Birthday, Moon has delighted fans for years as a simple yet reassuring celebration of love and friendship. Gently told with warm words and charming illustrations by c ...more
Paperback, 32 pages
Published March 1st 2000 by Aladdin (first published 1982)
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I don’t get it but my 5 year old granddaughter is rapt at the video, which is simply the narrated illustrations. The idea of echos and mistaken inferences captivates her.
Westminster Library
Jun 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
A real cute book that is good for my daughter’s age (two). I thought this book was originally under a different name so I had the hardest time finding it again. But I did finally find it and it brought back memories of reading it when I was a child.

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"When a bear discovers that the moon shares his birthday, he buys the moon a beautiful hat as a present." ...more
Annie Jewell
This is a very sweet book. I think children would like it. Great imagination!
Mar 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Such a sweet book! A good way to teach students about being selfless.
Guilherme Semionato
Feb 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
Lobel's OWL AT HOME-ish. Very soothing and lovely. ...more
Sep 09, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: rgd-291
Happy Birthday, Moon is a memorable read. Somehow, it’s simplicity is what make this such a great picture book for children. The story begins with a brown baby bear, named Bear, pondering on the idea to give the moon up in the night sky a birthday present. Bear then attempts to communicate with the moon, hoping to get an idea when the moon’s birthday is or what it likes. When the bear heard no response from the moon, he continued to position himself onto the higher ground until he reached the to ...more
Kristy Teague
Oct 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-s
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. ...more
Ruth Covington
Feb 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The art of this book has stuck with me my whole life, and when I think of this book, I remember that chocolate dark bear and the rich deep blue background and the beautiful white shining moon. I was awed by how beautiful and rich these colors and contrasts were, and how soothed and comforted they made me feel.
Jan 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
We're starting to read longer stories at night! This was the first I tried, and it's a good one for the evening. There's a bit about echoes, and it was weird to try and use the same inflection when it was conversational. ...more
Edward Sullivan
Mar 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-books
A reissue of this charming classic.
May 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
Um, I love this book.
Lacie Ortiz
Nov 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: animals, moon, birthdays
This adorable book is about a bear who thinks, "Wouldn't it be nice to give the moon a birthday present". So the bear climbs a tree and tried talking to the moon, the moon didn't respond and bear thought this was because he was too far away. So the bear paddled across the river, hiked through the forest, and climbed the mountains. He figured he was much closer to the moon now, so he showed "Hello" His echo replied back with hello but bear thought it was the moon talking back to him. Bear ended u ...more
Eileen Ackerman
The beloved children’s classic, Happy Birthday Moon by Frank Asch is a picture book written for ages 2-6. When Moonbear discovers that he has the same birthday as the moon, he is delighted. However, he can not figure out what he can get the moon for his birthday. But he soon discovers that all his new friend and himself need is love.
I gave this book 5 stars because when my children were young they never tired of this book and it’s simple message and pictures. The plot is dramatic in that it focu
Willow Schroyer
Nov 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
• Happy Birthday Moon by Frank Asch is an adorable picture book that deserves 5/5 stars. The illustrations look like a coloring book page that’s all colored in. Using simple Blue’s greens and Brown’s was perfect for this story. The pages aren’t overpowering with text and often the pictures take over not just one but two pages. The formatting of a yellow outlined white border is perfect to illustrate the Picture book feeling. Page 8 is a perfect example of a text box with a matching yellow border ...more
Susan Barnes
Aug 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children
Bear wants to buy the Moon a birthday present but first he must find out Moon’s birthday. So begins this wonderful story of a generous and kind bear.

Happy Birthday, Moon by Frank Asch was published many years ago, but it is one of my all-time favourites. The cleverly written dialogue creates a humorous situation which culminates to a lovely conclusion.

Frank Asch has also done a great job with the pictures which are simply done and crafted to explain the text.

A delightful children’s book.
Nov 29, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-s
A friendly bear wants to give the moon a birthday present. He travels to the mountains so the moon can hear him--he speaks to the moon, and hears the echo of his voice, unbeknownst to him. A very young child would enjoy this best as an older child may spot the mistake with the echo and think him a rather silly bear.

Weston Woods Studio productions, again, makes the static illustrations move and entrance the viewing listener.
Aug 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Bear travels to the highest mountain, searching for a birthday gift for his friend, Moon. He’s delighted to learn that he and Moon have the same birthday. Or so it seems . . . .

Young readers will thrill to Bear’s charming adventure as he searches for the right present for Moon. This book, with its appealing illustrations, celebrates friendship and is a perfect book for parents and young children to read and enjoy together.

Highly recommended.
Niquilla Blodgett
"Happy Birthday, Moon" is a book that tells the story of a bear's upcoming birthday and thinking it's the moon's as well from his echo. This book is for children around the age of four to eight years old. This classic picture book could be read in the class if you have a birthday that day as a fun activity or for children to analyze the story of why the bear got a gift for the moon because of his echo. ...more
Jennie Simon
Nov 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
While a little bear thinks of his own birthday he wonders if the moon has a birthday. He sets out to find out, trying to get close enough to the moon to ask. He "hears" the moon say that he too has a birthday on the same day. This story introduces concepts of time, space, sky, stars, water, trees, wind, friendship, and giving. It's quite full of complex ideas of awareness for the simple way the story and illustrations are presented. ...more
Ali Book&Seaglasshunter
Simple cute book. Bear wants to celebrate his birthday with the moon. He talks to the moon through echos, but thinks that the moon is just like him and giving the same answers. He finds a way to give the moon a birthday gift. Very sweet and captures the innocence of children. Simple pictures are a nice fit for the illustrations.
Bookworm's Nemesis
Jun 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Cute story. As we were reading it to our daughter, I realized I had read this book when I was little. The moon tries to get as close to the moon and little does he realized who he ends up talking to.
Kathryn Bergeron
Summary: Bear wants to give moon a birthday gift.

Why I Read This: It was on a list of books that every child should read.

Review: It was cute. That's really all there is. There isn't really a moral, just a story.
Karla Winick-Ford
Aug 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Admittedly, this is the first moon bear book I have read. I like that it's a birthday book- young children will enjoy.
It's warm and endearing. The text lends itself well to discussion about echos and such. Illustrations were pretty limited and basic. It's imaginative. Worth reading, once.
Lydia Theobald
Jan 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kids-funny
I read this book with the girls I babysit, ages 4 and 6. Throughout the whole book, the six-year-old and I were dying laughing. The four-year-old enjoyed it too. So sweet, so simple, and absolutely hilarious (if you read with kids that have developed their sense of humor).
Mar 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens
This was one of my favorite books as a child and is now one of my children's favorite books. I love it when that happens. The illustrations are simple but cute. The book is simple, but cute. This story highlights the science of the echo. ...more
Stephanie Cano
Feb 12, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: poetry
I really enjoyed the illustrations this book had, the colors were great! I think this book shows the innocence that children have. This book could also be used to teach what an echo is and it happens. Overall a cute book!
Ghazaal B.
Mar 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Ok. So having found this book after almost 23 years reminds me why I became such a moon freak in the first place. Plus, this is bringing back too many memories from my childhood.
I can't be a fare rater on this. Not even sorry.
Linda Brewer
Jun 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is a very sweet book that teaches generosity and consideration. The illustrations are simple but effective. Students in grades K-2 will enjoy the story and the imagination that goes into finding a gift for the moon. It is a guided reading level L.
Dec 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s-books
Another book in the Moon Bear series. Moon Bear wants to give the moon a birthday gift. He climbs a mountain to get closer to the moon and ends up hearing his echo, mistaking it for the moon talking to him.
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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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