MANY MOONS AUTHOR: JAMES THURBER INSTRUCTOR: EMILY CHEN READERS: FANNY, K SELENA, WENDY, GARY
Princess Lenore I’ll get you anything you want as long as you get well soon. The King
Princess Lenore I want the MOON! If I can have the moon, I’ll be well again. The King OK, I will get the moon for you, my dear Lenore.
It’s 35,000 miles away, and bigger than the Princess Lenore’s room. It’s 150,000 miles away, and twice as big as this palace. It’s 300,000 miles away, and half the size of this kingdom I want you to get the moon for the Princess. The Royal Wizard The Royal Mathematician The Lord High Chamberlain The King U m, n o p r o b l e m. I h a v e m a n y w i s e m e n … The Court Jester
The King Nobody can get the moon for the Princess Lenore. Every time I ask anybody for the moon, it gets larger and farther away. The Court Jester Ask the Princess Lenore how big she thinks the moon is and how far away.
Princess Lenore It’s on the top of the big tree outside my window. And it’s just a little smaller than my thumbnail. How big and how far away is the moon? The Court Jester
I’ll climb the tree tonight and bring the moon to you, but what is the moon made of? Princess Lenore Oh, it’s made of gold, of course.
The Court Jester Royal Goldsmith You’ve made the moon. This is the moon. What is this thing I have made?
Princess Lenore What will we do when the Princess see the moon shining in the sky tonight? The King The Lord High Chamberlain The Royal Wizard The Royal Mathematician The Court Jester Ask the Princess! Who can explain how the moon can be shining in the sky when hanging around her neck?
The Court Jester How can the moon be shining in the sky when it is hanging on a golden chain around your neck? Princess Lenore That’s easy! When I lose a tooth, a new one grows in its place, doesn’t it?
The Court Jester Of course. And when the unicorn loses his horn in the forest, a new one grows in the middle of his forehead. Princess Lenore That’s right. And when the Royal Gardener cuts the flowers in the garden, other flowers come to take their place.
The Court Jester I should have thought of that, for it is the same way with the daylight. Princess Lenore And it is the same way with the moon. I guess it is the same way with everything.
He winked at the moon, for it seemed to the Court Jester that the moon had winked at him. The end. Before the Court Jester left the room, he went over to the window.