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You Can't Have Too Many Friends!
by Mordicai Gerstein
Mordicai Gerstein, Illustrator

Reinforced | 32 pages | 11 x 9 | US$ 16.95
ISBN: 9780823423934 | 01-01-2014

Also available as an ebook.

Grade: KINDERGARTEN | Age: 3 to 7

Themes: Myths, Legends & Folklore, Animals/Fiction, Friendship, Humor
Recommendations: A, C, H, K, PW, SLJ

CCSS Codes:
L.2.1, 2, 3, 3a, 4, 4a, 5, 5a, 5b, 6
SL.2.1, 1a, 1b, 1c, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
W.2.3, 5, 6, 8
RF.2.3, 3f, 4, 4a, 4b, 4c
RL.2.1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 10

About the Book
In this adaptation of "Drakestail," a classic French fairytale, Duck goes on an epic quest to retrieve jellybeans from the king with lots of help from his friends.

Duck the duck grows mouthwatering marshmallows and licorice whips. His jelly beans won first prize at the fair. No wonder the king wants to borrow the scrumptious treats. However, getting the tasty treasure trove back will not be easy. Yet with the help of a number of unusual friends and their magical powers, Duck might have some luck.

Mordicai Gerstein has reimagined a French folktale retelling it in jaunty, repetitive language that is sure to make this book a story time favorite. By combining techniques from several artistic forms including animation, comic book art, and traditional illustration, he has created a captivating new style.


"The strength of this retelling lies in its comfortable rhymes and repeated phrases that make story details easy to remember and anticipate. . . . The use of speech bubbles will help young listeners to distinguish between narration and dialogue. . . . A good choice for reading aloud or encouraging creative dramatics."—Booklist

“A rib-tickling variant on a tale not often enough retold.”"—Kirkus Reviews

Classroom Discussion Questions with CCSS:

1. Create a character web for Duck and the king. Compare and contrast the two characters. RL.2-3.3

2. Find the story elements (setting, plot, characters, lesson, problem, solution) from You Can't Have Too Many Friends that remind you of another tale you have heard or read. Compare and contrast the two stories. RL.2-3.1, 3/ W.2-3.2, 8

3. How does Mordicai Gerstein use figurative language in the story (alliteration, onomatopoeia)? How do the words and phrases impact the story? RL.2-3.1, 4/L.2-3.5

4. Write the lesson from the story. How can you apply this to your own life? RL.2-3.2/W.2-3.3, 8