May I Bring a Friend?: An imaginative boy brings a surprising array of friends to dine at the palace in this Caldecott Medal–winning picture book.
May I Bring a Friend?
An imaginative boy brings a surprising array of friends to dine at the palace in this Caldecott Medal–winning picture book.
One day, a small boy receives a very special invitation—the King and the Queen have invited him to the castle for tea. He accepts, with one question: “May I bring a friend?”
“Any friend of our friend is welcome here,” says the King. But their guest’s friend turns out to be someone they never expected!
Beatrice Schenk de Regniers’s rhythmic text and the fantastical, jewellike artwork of Beni Montresor have made this book a favorite for more than twenty-five 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.
A Few Reviews
“I’ve been reading this book to children for more than 30 years and was delighted to be able to replace my worn copy with a fresh one! Children love these whimsical pictures and the compelling, humorous, delightful rhyming text and the rather fabulous story. Who wouldn’t want to be a child invited by a king and queen– and such generous and high spirited royalty as these!” —Amazon Reviewer Wanda Root
“This was one of my favorite books as a kid and I had a copy that my mom read to me so much that the jacket literally came off of it and she kept having to glue it back on and staple the book back together.
It’s a simple story but at the age of 4 and 5 I appreciate the rhyming as it helped me memorize the story. I LOVED the animals in the story and precarious situation of having a giraffe over for dinner. I also really loved the bold, vivid colors of the book. The illustrations are so different.
This book also has not real peril. It really is just a story of a friendly Queen and King who seem ready to take on almost any guest as long as he’s a friend of thier friend. A boy with animal friends? I wanted him to bring all his friends to my house for dinner. I still adore this book!” —Amazon Reviewer H