Kid Reads: Papa, Please Get The Moon For Me
It’s been awhile since the first post of Kid Reads. I am still juggling between work, housechores and reading. I don’t have much time for it, honestly. But old habits are hard to break. I will always find the time to read.
Today’s post is:
Papa, Please Get the Moon For Me
by Eric Carle
Published: June 2004 by Aladdin Paperbacks
Format: Large book, 31 pages
Price: IDR 50,000 (bargain)
Purchased at: Periplus
Age: 4 – 8
Goodreads Link: here
In this unique and delightful picture book, the 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 up to the moon, but he finally succeeds — only to find that the moon is too big to carry home! The way in which this problem is solved is a joyful surprise.
Here is a multi-faceted story that appeals to children visually, verbally and emotionally, and which also contains a first lesson in natural history, depicting the eternal cycle of the waxing and waning of the moon. The simple text, just right for reading aloud or for the beginning reader expresses perfectly the purity of a father’s love for his child. Small readers will empathize with Monica”s longing for the moon, and will be reassured by her father’s willingness to try to make her wish come true. And, on a deeper level, they will recognize that Papa is not merely fulfilling Monica’s whim, but is demonstrating to her that even a seemingly unreachable goal can actually be attained. “Papa, Please Get the Moon for Me” is a book to be re-read many times, and to be treasured for its beauty and its positive message of love and inspiration.
This morning, AJ came to me with this book. He crawled up to bed and asked me to read it for him. Then we began our journey. Suddenly, an Indonesian song came to my mind. Ambilkan Bulan, Bu. Well, nevermind. I always have this random thought while reading.
Yes, I love Eric Carle books. I love the illustrations. Fortunately, I just discussed about book genres and parts of a book with my students. Probably I will bring this book to my class.
This book teaches children about:
• different sizes and shapes of a moon
• things you can see in the sky at night
• daddy’s love
• the use of a ladder
• being patience
I love childrens book because we can learn about so many things in a few pages. And, of course, everything is simplified.
What AJ thinks about the book:
I like it when the moon becomes bigger and smaller and bigger again.