May I Bring a Friend? by Beatrice Schenk De Regniers, Illustrated by Beni Montresor, published 1964
This was a fabulous vintage find for us this week! We were sort of rushing to get out of the library (we were meeting friends at the park afterwards and needed to hurry), so I just grabbed a few books off the shelves without really looking inside of them. I did pull several duds, but this one more than makes up for the losers of the bunch.
A little boy is invited to tea at the castle on Sunday by the King and Queen. He brings a friend (this lovely giraffe).
The royal couple
Aren't they charming? So in love as kings and queens ought to be.
The boy keeps being invited to the castle and he keeps bringing his animal friends.
Here are the lions. (It's Halloween, so they are wearing masks!)
Aren't the illustrations amazing? I love every page.
On the final day of the week, the king and queen join the boy and his friends for tea at the city zoo. It's fun and very captivating to a child--tea with a king and queen and animals to go with it? Heaven!
After reading this book, we couldn't help but have our own tea party with our zoo animals! Anyone have any good tea party books to share?