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|Genre||Children's picture book|
|Publisher||Harcourt, Brace & Company|
Many Moons is a children's picture book written by James Thurber and illustrated by Louis Slobodkin. It was published by Harcourt, Brace & Company in 1943 and won the Caldecott Medal in 1944. Princess Lenore becomes ill, and only one thing will make her better: the moon. Unlike much of Thurber's other work, including The Secret Life of Walter Mitty and his fables, this story shows a crisis between males and females that ends happily for all.
This book is about a sick princess who desires the moon. The princess is more heartbroken than physically ill. Her father, the king, is furious when the wizards, the Lord High Chamberlain, and the court mathematician are not able to get the moon. In the end, it is the jester who realizes that the princess thinks the moon is only as big as her thumbnail and it is made of gold. Then, he decides to go to the goldsmith, who makes a necklace with a gold sphere on it. The jester gives it to the princess. However, the King is concerned that she will see the moon in the sky that night and realize that the necklace was not the real moon. The jester goes to check up on her, the princess thinks that whenever something is taken, it is replaced, like her tooth, a unicorn's horn, and flowers.
- American Library Association: Caldecott Medal Winners, 1938 - Present. URL accessed 27 May 2009.
- Many Moons by James Thurber, illustrated by Louis Slobodkin. Harcourt, Brace & Company, 1943.
- Many Moons by James Thurber, illustrated by Marc Simont. Harcourt, Brace & Company, 1990.
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