Carle, Eric – Papa, Please Get The Moon For Me

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  • Age Range: 4 – 8 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten – 3
  • Lexile Measure: AD310L
  • Series: The World of Eric Carle
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Little Simon; Book and CD edition (March 3, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1481416456
  • ISBN-13: 978-1481416450


This story is one of a young girl, Monica who peers out her window and is greeted by the moon, which to her seems close by. Hoping to play with the moon she stretches her arms out, but try as she might she is unable to grab the moon. She asks her father, “Papa, please get the moon for me.” He grabs a very long ladder, and places it atop a very high mountain until he reaches the moon. As the moon gets smaller Monica is eventually able to play with it and she is overjoyed. She dances while the moon continues to shrink. Eventually it becomes only a silver sliver. But then it reappears in the sky, and grows again to its original size.

Rationale for Inclusion: Eric Carle is an award-winning author, visual pioneer, and designer of children’s books. For decades his stories have delighted millions of children, and no children’s room seems complete without at least a few of Carle’s ageless picture books. Brown Bear, Brown Bear and The Very Hungry Caterpillar are amid his most popular, but Papa, Please Get The Moon For Me depicts the waxing and waning of the moon in an obtainable and accessible way for kids (and adults). Teaching children earth science can be a great way to instill STEM and STEAM programming and services, and Eric Carle’s book is a great precursor to discussing the phases of the moon in earth science. It also depicts a father and daughter relationship, a relationship written in picture books much less frequently than mother daughter. In fact, fathers overall appear far less in children’s books than mothers. Eric Carle’s book shows a father willing to go to any lengths–literally–for his daughter, which is a positive image of fatherhood.

Papa, Please Get The Moon For Me mini movie:



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