You Can't Have Too Many Friends

By GERSTEIN, Mordicai

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ISBN
9780823423934
Publisher
Holiday House


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School Library Journal

Reviewed on April 1, 2014  |  Preschool to Grades 4

PreS-K—When the king "borrows" Duck's prize-winning jelly beans and doesn't return them even after a year has passed, Duck sets off to bring them back. Along the way, he meets his friends Dog, Lady Ladder, Babbling Brook, and the wasps, and they offer to help. Duck suggests they shrink; then he carries Dog and Lady Ladder in his pocket, Brook in his gullet, and t...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Horn Book Magazine

Reviewed on April 1, 2014

This retold French folktale ("Drakestail") stars a farmer duck who, in this absurdist version, is wealthy in the jelly beans he has grown. When the little-boy king "borrows" his jelly beans and doesn't return them, Duck sets off on a quest to get them back. Along the way, he meets a large, friendly, shaggy green dog who "shrinks and hops into Duck's pocket"; "Lady Ladder" who does the same; a burbli...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Horn Book Guide

Reviewed on January 1, 2014

This absurdist version of French folktale "Drakestail" stars a farmer duck who is wealthy in jelly beans. When a little-boy ...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Junior Library Guild

Reviewed on April 1, 2014

A clever, high-spirited retelling of the French folktale “Drakestail” that uses borrowed jelly beans to set the plot in motion—a fun twist that’s sure to hit kids’ sweet spot. As Duck marches forward, he sings, “Quack, quack, quack! Quack, quack, quack! We’re off to get my jelly beans back!” This jaunty refrain supplies You Can’t Have Too Many Friends with lots of pleasant repetition. It also supp...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

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