Many Moons

✶ Many Moons  Epub ✹ Author James Thurber – Lovelylingeriecompany.co.uk
  • Hardcover
  • 56 pages
  • Many Moons
  • James Thurber
  • English
  • 11 October 2019
  • 0152518738

About the Author: James Thurber

Thurber was born in Columbus, Ohio to Charles L Thurber and Mary Agnes Mame Fisher Thurber Both of his parents greatly influenced his work His father, a sporadically employed clerk and minor politician who dreamed of being a lawyer or an actor, is said to have been the inspiration for the small, timid protagonist typical of many of his stories Thurber described his mother as a born comedien Thurber was born in Columbus, Ohio to Charles L Thurber and Mary Agnes Mame Fisher Thurber Both of his parents greatly influenced his work His father, a sporadically employed clerk and minor politician who dreamed of being a lawyer or an actor, is said to have been the inspiration for the small, timid protagonist typical of many of his stories Thurber described his mother as a born comedienne and one of the finest comic talents I think I have ever known She was a practical joker, on one occasion pretending to be crippled and attending a faith healer revival, only to jump up and proclaim herself healed.Thurber had two brothers, William and Robert Once, while playing a game of William Tell, his brother William shot James in the eye with an arrow Because of the lack of medical technology, Thurber lost his eye This injury would later cause him to be almost entirely blind During his childhood he was unable to participate in sports and activities because of his injury, and instead developed a creative imagination, which he shared in his writings.From 1913 to 1918, Thurber attended The Ohio State University, where he was a member of the Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity He never graduated from the University because his poor eyesight prevented him from taking a mandatory ROTC course In 1995 he was posthumously awarded a degree.From 1918 to 1920, at the close of World War I, Thurber worked as a code clerk for the Department of State, first in Washington, D.C and then at the American Embassy in Paris, France After this Thurber returned to Columbus, where he began his writing career as a reporter for the Columbus Dispatch from 1921 to 1924 During part of this time, he reviewed current books, films, and plays in a weekly column called Credos and Curios, a title that later would be given to a posthumous collection of his work Thurber also returned to Paris in this period, where he wrote for the Chicago Tribune and other newspapers.In 1925, he moved to Greenwich Village in New York City, getting a job as a reporter for the New York Evening Post He joined the staff of The New Yorker in 1927 as an editor with the help of his friend and fellow New Yorker contributor, E.B White His career as a cartoonist began in 1930 when White found some of Thurber s drawings in a trash can and submitted them for publication Thurber would contribute both his writings and his drawings to The New Yorker until the 1950s.Thurber was married twice In 1922, Thurber married Althea Adams The marriage was troubled and ended in divorce in May 1935 Adams gave Thurber his only child, his daughter Rosemary Thurber remarried in June, 1935 to Helen Wismer His second marriage lasted until he died in 1961, at the age of 66, due to complications from pneumonia, which followed upon a stroke suffered at his home His last words, aside from the repeated word God, were God bless God damn, according to Helen Thurber


Many Moons A Wise Tale Of A Little Princess Who Wanted The Moon And Got It

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10 thoughts on “Many Moons

  1. Karen says:

    The first time I encountered Many Moons by James Thurber, it was read to me I was in third grade If the illustrations were shown, I didn t see them And they weren t necessary for me to enjoy the book I could picture it perfectly in my head The story stayed with me for many years If I ever knew, I soon forgot the name of the author I ve since forgotten the name of my third grade teacher But I ve never forgotten how much I loved this book.Years later, in my early twenties, I began readin The first time I encountered Many Moons by James Thurber, it was read to me I was in third grade If the illustrations were shown, I didn t see them And they weren t necessary for me to enjoy the book I could picture it perfectly in my head The story stayed with me for many years If I ever knew, I soon forgot the name of the author I ve since forgotten the name of my third grade teacher But I ve never forgotten how much I loved this book.Years later, in my early twenties, I began reading Dorothy Parker Which led to reading Robert Benchley Which led to reading James Thurber Thurber quickly became one of my favorite authors But still I did not realize he wrote Many Moons Not until about ten years later, when I was browsing in a bookstore, and I stumbled upon Many Moons The version I found then was illustrated by Louis Slobodkin, which was good, but a bit manic and not quite as I remembered the book Still, I bought the book And read the book And enjoyed the book.A few years after that I was working as a children s librarian In our department, we had been turning classical literature into puppet shows with quite a bit of success I decided that Many Moons would be a great choice, so I pulled the book off of the shelf to type up a screenplay The book on our shelf wasn t the Slobodkin version, though, it was the Marc Simont version, and the illustrations almost perfectly matched the illustrations I had carried in my head for thirty years I was delighted And the puppet show, by the way, was delightful.Marc Simont passed away recently He was 97, so his passing was sad but not surprising Although he has illustrated many books, including other stories for Thurber, whenever I see any reference to him, I always think of this book, his Many Moons

  2. David says:

    Many Moons by James Thurber, illustrated by Louis Slobodkin is a fairy tale about Princess Lenore, who asks for the moon when she is sick The King summons all his wise men but none of them know how to get the moon The Court Jester turns out to be the one to solve the problem.This charming, whimsical story has plenty of sly humor and a few challenging words surfeit, physician etc Thurber writes about wisdom and the differing perceptions of children and adults The concept of things being i Many Moons by James Thurber, illustrated by Louis Slobodkin is a fairy tale about Princess Lenore, who asks for the moon when she is sick The King summons all his wise men but none of them know how to get the moon The Court Jester turns out to be the one to solve the problem.This charming, whimsical story has plenty of sly humor and a few challenging words surfeit, physician etc Thurber writes about wisdom and the differing perceptions of children and adults The concept of things being in the eye of the beholder is well portrayed by Thurber in this book that is a bit longer than many picture books.I like the original illustrations by Louis Slobodkin which match the story well The artwork is mainly in red, blue, black, white, gold and green.The long lists of his advisors accomplishments becomes pretty funny and has some funny, interesting items Their ideas for keeping the Princess from seeing the moon are amusing and silly The simple logic of the jester is wise indeed, as is Princess Lenore For ages K to 3rd, princesses, fantasy, fairy tale, space science, point of view, and James Thurber and Louis Slobodkin

  3. Miriam says:

    Ivory, apes, and peacocks, rubies, opals, and emeralds, black orchids, pink elephants, and blue poodles, gold bugs, scarabs, and flies in amber, hummingbirds tongues, angels feathers, and unicorns horns, giants, midgets, and mermaids, frankincense, ambergris, and myrrh, troubadours, minstrels, and dancing women.

  4. Rachel says:

    This book won the 1944 Caldecott, but this must ve been another year where there wasn t much competition I liked the book, though the story drones on for a bit The book tells the story of a princess who falls ill and wants the moon, but all of her father s advisors say that the moon is impossible to get, until he asks the Court Jester, who takes alogical to a child approach to the situation She gets her moon and gets well again The next night, when the moon reappears, the king is frant This book won the 1944 Caldecott, but this must ve been another year where there wasn t much competition I liked the book, though the story drones on for a bit The book tells the story of a princess who falls ill and wants the moon, but all of her father s advisors say that the moon is impossible to get, until he asks the Court Jester, who takes alogical to a child approach to the situation She gets her moon and gets well again The next night, when the moon reappears, the king is frantically worried and consults all of his advisors again, who don t provide a good solution The Court Jester just goes up and asks the princess what she thinks of the new moon and she says that of course there is a new moon, because when you take something away like teeth or flowers, there are always something of the same sort to replace it This book, like Frederick by Leo Lionni, can be taught in the classroom as part of a philosophical discussion Recommended for ages 6 9, 3 stars

  5. Angie Schaefer Ellefson says:

    A little princess falls ill, and the only way she will get better is if she gets the moon The king consults his wise men the Lord High Chamberlain, the Royal Wizard, and the Royal Mathematician In the end, it is the Court Jester who discovers the solution by consulting the princess This story reminds all readers that answers are sometimes found in what seem the least likely places and the wisdom of children should never be discounted.

  6. Jackie "the Librarian" says:

    I love this story about a princess with a tummyache, who asks for the moon, and the jester who figures out how the king can get it for her Way too wordy for a library storytime, this is a great lap book for parents to share with their own princesses I prefer the illustrations by Marc Simont, even though the they aren t the ones that won the Caldecott.

  7. Amy Beth says:

    This is a book for children, butand their sneaky ways brought it to my attention because of my love for James Thurber I remember this story from when I was a kid I loved it then, too I m happy to add this copy to my Thurber collection I will say that I do not have children, nor am I a librarian or someone who regularly reads children s literature so if you are looking for advice on if this is appropriate for your child, I don t know This was written in 1943 and I think it s a charmi This is a book for children, butand their sneaky ways brought it to my attention because of my love for James Thurber I remember this story from when I was a kid I loved it then, too I m happy to add this copy to my Thurber collection I will say that I do not have children, nor am I a librarian or someone who regularly reads children s literature so if you are looking for advice on if this is appropriate for your child, I don t know This was written in 1943 and I think it s a charming story I ve seen some reviews saying that children won t know the word surfeit and they are complaining about it the parents, not the children That one word I d venture to guess some parents might not know what the word surfeit means either But guess what, that s how we learn Look it up Explain what the word means to your child Also, this book even briefly mentions a philosopher s stone and an invisibility cloak In 1943 What do I know If I had a child, I would read this with them I also know that I still love James Thurber

  8. Debra says:

    Priceless Am really enjoying the Caldecott winners

  9. L. says:

    w a nie takie ksi ki nale y czyta dzieciom, eby by y m dre i dobre.

  10. Kirah Marshall says:

    1 Lenore is a princess who has fallen ill, and the only way to heal her is if she has the moon The king loves his daughter very much as is prepared to do whatever to make her well again He calls up his counsel one by one which consists of the Chamberlain, the Royal Wizard, and the Mathematician The king asks each one to get him the moon, and each replies that the moon is too big and too far away to get for the princess This upsets the so very much Then the jester comes in and asks why he i 1 Lenore is a princess who has fallen ill, and the only way to heal her is if she has the moon The king loves his daughter very much as is prepared to do whatever to make her well again He calls up his counsel one by one which consists of the Chamberlain, the Royal Wizard, and the Mathematician The king asks each one to get him the moon, and each replies that the moon is too big and too far away to get for the princess This upsets the so very much Then the jester comes in and asks why he is upset, and the king explains to his the problem The jester has an idea to ask the princess how big she thinks the moon is and what it is made of She answers that the moon is made of gold and is the size of her nails The jester then has the blacksmith make her a golden, nail sized moon that she can wear as a necklace Then Lenore is well again The king is elated his daughter is well again, but is struck with terror when he realizes Lenore will become ill again when she realizes the moon isn t really on her necklace, and that it is still in the sky He calls up the counsel again, and each wise man offers a solution to keep Lenore from seeing the moon The king hates each idea and realizes there is nothing he can do to keep her from seeing the moon in the sky By this point, it is night again, and the moon is shining The jester comes in and sees that the king is sad again and asks him what is wrong The king explains, and the jester decides to ask Lenore why she thinks the moon is back up in the sky She replies that she believes it is because the moon is like her teeth, when she looses one a new one comes and replaces it So in the end, the moon necklace works and Lenore does not become ill again 2 I would say this book is appropriate for 1 3rd It has lengthy pages so, it would have to be read by an independent reader It s lexile is to high for a beginning reader It is interesting and fun 3 You could use this book as an example of fairy tale if your are discussing different genres You could possibly incorporate it into a fun lesson plan too 4 I think little girls would like this bookthan little boys would just because it is about a princess However, I think that some boys would like it since it has a king, a jester, a wizard, etc.5 You could incorporate this book into a literature circle, especially if the lesson of the week was over genres 6 You could read this book aloud It s a cute and fun book, but the boys in the room might be disconnected with it 7 Similar books could be The Princess and the Pea, Rapunzel, etc 8 This book doesn t have any other media connections