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Happy Birthday, Moon

Happy Birthday, Moon
By Frank Asch

Paperback, 32 pages.
Ages 4-7

The New York Times voted Happy Birthday, Moon as one of the ten best titles of the year.

Bear is the main character of this precious picture book. Bear shares his love for the big, bright moon, so very curious about his birthday. He questions the moon;

"'What do you want for your birthday?' asked Bear.
'What do you want for your birthday?' asked the moon.
Bear thought for a moment, then he replied..."

Bear and the moon become friends, and Bear strives to find him the perfect birthday gift. This story is a delight for young children because the moon is given a voice. (Giving inanimate objects a silly voice always gets their attention!) As you read, both children and parents grow close to these heart-warming characters. Happy Birthday, Moon does a wonderful job celebrating the blessing of love and friendship.

The simple yet delicate illustrations take over the majority of the pages. Children will be pleased to see the generous amount of images. Dark color selection but fitting for the content inside. Birthday, Moon is a great book choice for before bed time.

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