パパ、お月さまとって! Papa, Please Get Me The Moon For Me

1980s

Author : Eric Carle エリック カール 

Translation : Hisashi Mori もりひさし 

Published : 1986 

Personal recommendation : 5 years old and up

I may not need to explain much about this book to some people, since this is World Famous Eric Carle ‘s book.  The illustration is simply beautiful. As it is story about Moon, all the night sky is illustrated in deep blue color and it reminded me of “Marc Chagall” actually.  Storyline is very simple as shown below, but it gives a few insights about (1) how Dad tends to do anything for his daughter and (2) Author’s intension to expand small readers’ imagination (without ignoring rules of Physics completely)   I have read this Japanese-edition book, but all the translation was beautifully done and it maintains the world of Eric Carle in the original format.    

Basic Story is as follows.

  • One night, A girl named Monica was about to go to bed and she saw moon outside the window and it looked quite close to her.
  • “Wish I could play with Moon” says Monica and reaching hands toward Moon.  Yet, she could not touch the moon.
  • “Dad, please get the moon for me”   Dad brough long long ladder and he brought it to the top of mountain.
  • He started climbing up the ladder and finally reached to the moon.  He said “My daughter Monica would like to play with you. But I you are too big to bring back to her…”   Then, Moon answered “ I am getting smaller and smaller night by night.  Why don’t you bring me to her place when I becomes right size for you”
  • As Moon indeed gets smaller/thinner, Dad went up again and brought the moon back to her.  “There you go, Monica.”  Monica seemed really happy and started playing with moon by hugging, tossing up high. But while playing, Moon continues to get smaller and smaller and finally disappeared.
  • As time passed by, one night, Monica saw very thin Moon showing up again in the sky.   Moon started getting bigger and bigger night by night and finally became full moon.

Interesting finding for me is that how the author looked at things from Children’s perspective.  We Adult know there is moon in the sky most of the time (night) but we don’t see Moon as “size-changing” object any more. When I read this book for kids, I felt sad that I lost that kind of perspective.   My kids seem to understand thru this book that “Moon is size-changing object” and “Though it is gone in one day, but it would come back and start changing the shape again”.  But further expanding imagination of children, the book introduced the scene where Moon could talk and also Dad brought way too long ladder (long enough to reach to the moon).  We adults know it is impossible to do such, but being able to teach Kids about both Physics-like facts (Moon as Size-changing object) and The dream/fantasy of reaching to the outer space in the same book is the beauty of this picture book, I believe. 

You can purchase this book here.  広告はこちら

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パパ、お月さまとって! [ エリック・カール ]
価格:1760円(税込、送料無料) (2021/11/11時点)


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