Some things are best seen at a distance. In Eric Carle's book Papa Please Get the Moon for Me
(1986), a father silently obliges his daughter by building an enormous ladder on top of a mountain.
Once captured, the moon slowly fades as its beauty is found to be contingent and relative. Carle
introduces young children to different forms of knowledge; experiences constructed between the
discoveries of Galileo and Kepler and tuned by the wonders of phenomena behaving badly.