Princess Lenore falls ill from a surfeit of raspberry tarts and takes to her bed. Her father, the King, will get her anything she wants, but what Lenore wants is the moon. The King calls in three advisors and one by one the Lord High Chamberlin, the Royal Wizard and the Royal Matematician are ushered into the throne room only to be of no help, although each has a long list of (amusing) things they have procured for the King over time. It is only when the King summons the Court Jester that solving the problem of how to get the moon for Lenore can really begin.
The Princess Who Wanted the Moon was condensed from the book Many Moons, pulished in 1954. Its illustrator, Louis Slobodkin, won the Caldecott Medal in 1944 for his charming pictures. You can read Many Moons online.
James Thurber was famous for his witty, sometimes charming writing and cartoons, often seen in The New Yorker. He was born in Columbus, Ohio in 1894; he became mostly blind at an early age when he and his brothers played William Tell and one of them shot Thurber in the eye with an arrow.
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