May I Bring a Friend?

May I Bring a Friend?


View All Available Formats & Editions
Choose Expedited Shipping at checkout for guaranteed delivery by Friday, April 26

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780689713538
Publisher: Aladdin
Publication date: 04/12/1974
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 48
Sales rank: 142,286
Product dimensions: 7.75(w) x 9.50(h) x 0.20(d)
Age Range: 3 - 7 Years

About the Author

Beatrice Schenk de Regniers is the author of many award-winning books for children, among them May I Bring a Friend?, illustrated by Beni Montresor and winner of the Caldecott Medal; David and Goliath; A Little House of Your Own; Little Sister and the Month Brothers; The Snow Party; and So Many Cats. Formerly a children's book editor, Ms. de Regniers now writes full time. She lives in Washington, DC.

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See All Customer Reviews

May I Bring a Friend 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
sarahdvs on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Summary: This is a story about a little boy who gets an invite to the King and Queen to have Sunday tea with them. The little boy ask in return if he can bring a friend with him each time they ask him to come and they said yes, so he brought a friend with him and each time it was a different kind of animal. Personal Reaction: This story started out me thinking that this little boy was going to bring friends with him to everything that he was invited to but my first thought was that it was going to be other little boys and possibly girls but instead he brought animals as his friends which is alright. Classroom Extension Idea: 1. I could read this book to the children and let them figure out what was going on in the story. 2. This story would help the kids know that you can be friends with animals and people. I believe it would help the kids if they knew that.
SarahChaisson on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A young boy is invited to have tea with the King and Queen. He asked to bring a friend and of course they agree. He first brings his friend a giraffe and then a hippo. He then asked to bring his other friends, monkeys. The monkeys tear up everything and eat all the food. Next, comes an elephant, lions who roared, and seal who plays the trumpet. The boy, King and Queen all get invited to visit the animals for tea on Saturday. When they get to their home they are all at the zoo.
tiburon on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A charming tale told in rhyme about a boy who brings different animals to have tea with the king and queen. (Illustrated by Beni Montresor)
aflanig1 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A young boy is invited to the King and Queens house for tea and is allowed to bring his friends with him. Cute rhyming story
conuly on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is a bit longer than many picture books, and the illustrations aren't as colorful as in more modern books, so some smaller children may have trouble sitting through it. However, with the right age range, this book is wonderful.A little boy is just randomly invited to the palace for the tea (every day in a week, in fact). So each time he brings a guest, another animal, until Saturday when he turns the tables and they all go to the zoo to eat their tea instead.It's sweet, it's simple, it has a gentle rhyme, my nieces love it - I love it! You definitely want to check this one out.
emtimmins on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
What a great read aloud--you take your voice all over the place. A classic and wonderful. Kids love watching to see what animal (s) will be next.
beckie05 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
In this story a queen and a king invite a young child to their castle. He asked if he may bring a friend and they are very excited and tell him it is no problem. His friend ends up being an elephant. This story is very cute because it is not expected that a child would have an elephant as a friend. I liked it because it shows children that you can have many different types of friends.A good extension can be for all the children to draw a picture and/or write down the names of their friends. Also, I can have them write or draw a picture of a fun adventure they had with a friend.
tnelson725 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Caldecott winner. The narrator in this story is invited to visit the king and queen and every day he brings a new friend. On Sunday he brings a giraffe to tea. On Monday he brings a hippo to dinner. On Tuesday he brings monkeys to lunch. On Wednesday he brings an elephant to breakfast. On Thursday he brings lions to Halloween. This continues until the narrator and the animals invite the king and queen to visit them and then the book explains that this is why the king and queen were seen in the zoo having tea.This is a really fun story with repetitive rhyming that kids will enjoy reading along with. The illustrations won the book a Caldecott Award and I could easily see why.For the classroom, I would have students create a fantasy where they would invite an animal to their classroom. They need to tell what kind of animal and what they would be doing.
kowasuza on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Using rhythmic, lilting language, May I Bring a Friend? explores the surprising results when a boy is invited to tea by the King and Queen and he asks to bring a friend with him. Whimsical line drawings and bright analogous colors accentuate the humorous tone of these rhymes. Young children will enjoy predicting which friend or friends the boy will bring with him on his next visit so this engaging book is a terrific choice for a story time at the library. Ages 3-6.
Grandmami More than 1 year ago
Who's welcome to tea with the King and the Queen? All the animal friends you want to bring, and they do mean ALL! A lovely, rhythmical story we never grow tired of reading (to our children 40 years ago and now our grandchildren), and, in a way, to ourselves. "Any friend of your friend is welcome here" has become a family recitation when an event is planned. Simple and complicated, all at the same time. Every child needs this one!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Beatrice Schenk De Regniers¿ May I Bring A Friend?, won the Caldecott Medal in 1965. Beatrice Schenkde Regniers was born on August 16, 1914 in Lafayette, Indiana. In high school she began writing stories for her high school newspaper. Now she writes full time. One day a boy receives an invitation to have tea with the King and Queen on Sunday. The boy asks if he could bring a friend. The Queen asks the King, and he says ¿Any friend of our friend is welcome here¿. So the boy brings an animal friend with him. He is asked again several times though out the week to visit, and each time he wants to bring a friend. On the last invitation, the boy has a surprise for the King and Queen.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is a 1965 Caldecott award winner!! Throughout the story the king and queens keeps asking the boy to join them for dinner. Each time he asks ' May I Bring a Friend.' They always say yes and welcome his ' WILD' friends in their home! However these are not ordinary friends! At the end we find out where his friends come from! They are animals at the zoo! This book would be good for 1st graders!Schenk, Beatrice. May I Bring a Friend?. New York, NY: Aladdin Paperbacks, 1964.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Regniers,Beatrice. May I Bring A Friend?Hong Kong. Aladin Paperbacks,1974. Reading Level 2.7. The main character in this story, a small boy, was invited to come to the palace for tea. 'I told the Queen And the Queen told the King I had a friend I wanted to bring. So I brought a friend...' And thus it begins! In this wonderfully illustrated story we meet many, many friends. It all gets better the more friends we meet. The pictures are wonderfully simple, accenting the story but allowing the imagination to fill in the rest.
Guest More than 1 year ago
May I Bring a Friend tells the story of a small boy who is invited to have tea on a Sunday with the King and Queen. When the boy asks if he can bring a friend, the King and Queen answers by saying ¿any friend of a friend is welcome here.¿ You¿ll never guess what friend the boy brings with him to meet the King and Queen! Nope, I¿m not telling! You¿ll just have to read the book for yourself. After the boy and his friend arrive for tea, do you think he¿ll ever be invited back?
Guest More than 1 year ago
Shawna Wyatt Book Review Authored By: Beatrice Schenkde Regniers This s tale of a child who is invited multiple times to dinner, lunch, and tea with the king and queen each time the little boy asks if he can bring a friend and each time he brings an animal. The last time that he is invited to the palace the little boy tells the king and queen to come with him to see all of his friends at the city zoo. A delightful tale of friendship and animal love. Illustrations are great and original. Beatrice Schenkde Regniers was born on August 16, 1914 in Lafayette, Indiana. In high school she began writing stories for her high school newspaper. Now she writes full time.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The king and queen invited 'me' to come to their house on Sunday for tea. Thus 'me' draws the child into the story right away, and he/she can easily imagine that she is the main character being entertained at the palace. The boldness of the child in inviting a friend along is also reminiscent of a child's innocence regarding social graces. The child's friends shock and awe the kind and queen, but they treat them graciously and with as much respect as their beloved child friend. The illustrations themselves are very interesting and detailed, but would be most appreciated in a larger, hardcopy version (we borrowed a 7' paperback version). My one reservation is the color background. I feel that the artwork would have been better served in black and white, and that the color actually detracts, making the illustrations look busy. Granted, this book was printed in 1964, and the expectations of quality artwork were different then. Something to keep in mind when you first pick up the book, so you don't overlook it as a mediocre, one of many in a stack. I wouldn't buy this book unless my child fell in love with it, and thus far, he hasn't requested it since I read it to him the first time. I always give a book another chance though, on another day, unless there is some glaring problem with the book. The short story received a Caldecott Medal in 1965. It was written for preschool through 2nd grade.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a great little rhyming book that really seemed to entice my nephew when I read it to him. It is about a boy who is friends with the king and queen. Everyday of the week the king and queen invite the boy to come and visit them and every time he tells the king and queen that he has, ¿¿a friend that he wants to bring.¿ They always tell him that it is ok and the boy always brings some kid of crazy jungle animal with him to visit. In the end he invites the king and queen to come visit his friends and they are in for a surprise when they find out where they are going. This is a great book for children between five and seven. Beatrice Schenk De Regniers, the books author, has unfortunately died in 2000. Schenk De Regniers, Beatrice. May I Bring A Friend. New York: Aladdin Paperbacks, 1964.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book in thid grade and I loved it! It's interesting and well writen in a poetic form. I recommend it to 7-8 year olds.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this is a great book for anyone of any age
Guest More than 1 year ago
May I Bring A Friend was one the favorite books which my children checked out of the library. They read it over and over again. Now I am purchasing it for my nine grandchildren's enjoyment! I know they will enjoy it just as much as their parents did back in the sixties!