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May I Bring a Friend? Paperback – September 30, 1989
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Our first shot in this book is an image of a small boy holding an envelope proudly above his head. Says the text, "The King and Queen/ Invited me/ To come to their house/ On Sunday for tea". The boy is thrilled, but asks politely if he might bring a friend along. The rulers are peachy keen with this idea, so it's a bit of a shock when they find that the boy's friend is a giraffe. Still, all goes well. Next, the King and Queen repeat their invitation, this time for breakfast. The boy once more asks if a friend would be all right, they acquiesce, and lo and behold a hippo arrives and proceeds to eat all the food in sight. The monarchs are a bit perturbed by this, but it doesn't seem to mar their friendship with the boy since they once again invite him back for a Monday stew dinner. This time the boy brings monkeys. You have the gist of the book. Sometimes the boy brings lions, other times it's the odd elephant or seal. Finally, after a final invitation, the boy says, "No, no! My friends want you, instead/ To come and visit them...". So King, Queen, and lad have tea at the City Zoo. The final shot is of everyone in a bit cage, the royals hugging the boy who is grinning with glee.
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Again, the key is repetition of the basic elements of the story with slight changes. (Sort of like Caps for Sale, is that still in print?) I really think this book helped teach me how to read, but I may be mistaken about that--it was a long time ago!
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The story illustrated by Montresor was the 1965 Caldecott Medal winner. This story tells the tale of a boy who received a very special invitation, from the King and Queen, to have... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Wilma Rodz
My boys loved this book when they were young and they are now in their 30's! Now my grandsons love it just the same. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Tita Lockhart