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Happy Birthday, Moon (1982): Narcissus and Echo

Frank Asch, Happy Birthday, Moon (Aladdin, 1982)

Bear reaches up towards the moon on the book's cover.

I saw a moon once. It was big and round.
photo credit: rebeccamarcaio.blogspot.com

This one took the Bean some growing into, but nowadays he likes it a good deal, and we read it at storytime at least twice a week. It’s the story of a lonely bear who decides to get the moon a birthday present, goes to the mountains (in order to be closer to the moon), and then talks to the moon (actually, his echo), with the expected, and actually rather touching, results. Get it out of the library first to make sure your kid is in the right age range for it (I’d go maybe thirty months and above on this one), but as long as the kid cottons to it, you won’t have a bad time with it, either. ***

About Robert "Goat" Beveridge

Media critic (amateur, semi-pro, and for one brief shining moment in 2000 pro) since 1986. Guy behind noise/powerelectronics band XTerminal (after many small stints in jazz, rock, and metal bands). Known for being tactless but honest.

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