Do You Want to Be My Friend?

by Eric Carle

Other authorsEric Carle (Illustrator)
Hardcover, 1971



Local notes

E Car


Crowell (1971), Edition: 1st, 40 pages


A mouse searches everywhere for a friend.


Original language


Original publication date


Physical description

10 x 8 inches


069024276X / 9780690242768



User reviews

LibraryThing member ShannaThomp08
Do You Want to Be My Friend by Eric Carle is a cute wordless picture book that will make you wonder what tail the little mouse is following next to find a friend. As you use your imagination to create the voices of the characters you will find out just how long it takes the mouse to find someone
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just right for him. It might even remind you of a time of how you tried to find a friend. Also as flip through the pages take notice of all the different types of animals that the mouse sees.
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LibraryThing member jeriannthacker
A young mouse asks a sucession of animals to be his friend. Classic Carle illustrations.
LibraryThing member kmtheodorou
This book is great for showing kids how books work and how they turn the page, It has great wonderful pictures and color!
LibraryThing member jrjohnson1
I love this book. The pictures are great. Its such a cute book and is a book i will be sure to read in class.
LibraryThing member kapeoples
Kindergraten or First grade reading level. This book has very few words, it is great for the beginning of a school year. The book would help students learn about simply asking someone to be your friend. The book is also fun and allows students to guess what animal is going to appear on the next
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page. A great group book.
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LibraryThing member slovepb
Mouse is looking for a friend, who will he find?
LibraryThing member judychadwick
A mouse goes in search of a friend. He asks many creatures if they will be his friend, with a long green threat in the background. He finally finds a friend just in time to avoid the threat.
LibraryThing member clstone
"Do You Want To Be My Friend?" by Eric Carle is a wonderful picture book about animals. A small mouse sees the tails of numerous animals and asks them to be his friend. Once he has met many large animals, he comes accross another mouse that replies "YES!" when asked to be his friend. This book is
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very picture oriented and would be a great way to teach new animals to students. I would use it with very young students as there is not much reading involved.
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LibraryThing member tashabear
Colorfully illustrated, but dated, a little mouse apparently is asking animals if they want to be his friend. No words, except for "Do you want to be my friend?" Why only another little mouse can be his/her friend?
LibraryThing member hundredacre
By far not our favorite Eric Carle book so far. I think it will be a lot more fun once a child is really talking well as a lot of the pages have no text, which allows the child (or parent!) to make up bits of story.
LibraryThing member JessicaHill
A little mouse is looking for a new friend but has trouble finding one until he is in danger of a horrible preditor. When he is in need a protection he finds a friend who stands by his side. This book is excellent for teaching children the importance of friendship. Friendship goes a long way. It is
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best for kendergarden through second grade students at a time when they are learning about the importance of friendship.
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LibraryThing member Jrstoner
The book is about a little mouse who keeps asking animals if they want to be his friend but they are always so much bigger than him and don't say anything to him. Eventually he finds another mouse and they become friends.
LibraryThing member megross
This book was about a little mouse that was trying to find a friend. He went up to all kinds of different animals including a snake, elephant, lion and others. He finally finds another mouse to be his friend.
LibraryThing member kdangleis
With only eight words, Eric Carle is able to captivate young readers once again with his paint brush. A mouse in search of a friend, doesn't know the danger that lies ahead. The layout of the book helps the young reader "read" from left to right. The mouse encounters a tail on the right side of the
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page, turn the page and the rest of the animal, a horse, appears on the left side of the page. When the mouse realizes the animal doesn't want to be his friend, he see's another tail ,on the right side of the page,and tries again. And so the book goes, continuing with an alligator, a lion, a hippo, and more. The pictures of the animals are very large, while the mouse is appropriately much smaller in size. Other than a few brush strokes of grass the horse is eating, the only other object on each page besides the mouse and the animal he is trying to befriend is that of a straight, broad greenish brush stroke. It isn't until the mouse finds the tail of another mouse, who agrees to be his friend that the straight brush stroke now takes on some curves around a tree. In this picture, the reader sees a burrow at the base of the tree and the green curve seems to beckon the reader to turn the page. The curve now becomes a loop, and returns to its original straight form. The mice are see safe in the burrow, looking out , delighted to be where they are. Upon turning the page, the author reveals the green line is not just a colorful brush stroke across the page, for the sole purpose of adding color, but is an antagonistic snake seeking a meal. The final page shows the mice below ground, safe in their burrow. The possibilities are endless with this book. The reader can narrate to the young child; as the child becomes familiar with the pages, he/she can begin to make up his/her own story; discussion on finding the right friend can occur; pointing out the importance of making good friend choices, avoiding people who might not be good to call your friend, are all ideas that make this book an excellent tool for the young reader.
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LibraryThing member sbpagac
A cute story of a mouse on a journey to find a friend. He follows the tail of a horse and asks "do you want to be my friend?" and asks other animals that he runs in to the same question. Finally, he finds another mouse that replies with a big "Yes!" Eric Carle pictures are always fun to look at.
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The pictures again are the biggest strength.
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LibraryThing member Ms.Penniman
Retelling: A Mouse asks a whole host of animals to be its friend before it finds one.

Thoughts and Feelings: Incidentally, the friend that the mouse finds, looks exactly like the mouse. Are you my mother? makes sense because generally babies look like their mothers, but you can be friends with
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people that don't look like you.
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LibraryThing member khendr4
In my opinion, "Do You Want To Be My Friend," is a great book for younger readers. This book was a lot different from other books because the only words in the whole things are "do you want to be my friend?," and "yes." Since there aren't many words in this book at all, it allows students to
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visualize what is going on in the story and do what they want in their minds with the illustrations given. This also allows for creativity and a different experience than most books give. Another thing I like about this book are the illustrations. They are unique because they have a collage feeling with very bright colors which is uncommon yet refreshing. For example, the monkey on one of the pages has different patterns and textures with a similar color palate on different parts of its body, giving an abstract and artistic feel. The big idea of this story was also something I really liked because the mouse ended up finding a friend who was another mouse; someone similar to him. It showed overall that while finding a friend may seem hard at first, there will always be someone out there who is like you and will be your friend.
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LibraryThing member mburgess
A mouse is looking for a friend and his turned down by all the animals in the jungle. The little mouse comes across another mouse and they become friends. This book sends out a bad message. You can be friends with anyone. Just because someone looks different, doesn't mean you treat them different.
LibraryThing member NoahGray
In my opinion, "Do You Want To Be My Friend" by Eric Carle, is a great book for young children. The book follows a little mouse as they search for friends. The illustrations show a little mouse asking different animals if they would like to be the mouses friend. I love that the illustrations show
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only the tail of the animal so that the book is interactive for the reader by allowing them to guess what animal the mouse is talking too and who the tail belongs too. For example, the mouse is shown asking a large beautiful tail if they would like to be friends. Based upon the elegance of the tail, I was able to determine that the mouse was talking to a peacocks tail. Another aspect of the illustrations that I felt were significant were the size of the animals. The mouse is consistently the same size throughout the text and is shown next to much larger animals too show the reader that a mouse is much smaller than an elephant. Overall, I feel that this is a fun interactive children's book that is meant for young readers between the ages of three and five.
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LibraryThing member sweetiegherkin
This is essentially a wordless picture book about a mouse looking for a friend amongst all the other inhabitants of the animal kingdom. The book begins with the mouse asking, "Do you want to be my friend?" and only contains three other lines of text, including "the end." This makes the book a good
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tool for exercising creativity - the adult reader can come up with their own text to tell a specific story they want to share with their children, or the adult can prompt the children to tell their own story based on the pictures in the book. The book's "note to parents and teachers" gives additional advice on how to use the book in this way.
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LibraryThing member ErinnnPratt
Eric Carle never fails to impress me with his iconic illustrations and his simple, but inviting stories. This story follows this little mouse as he attempts to search for someone to be friends with. This book contains very few words, but the pictures provide plenty of explanation as to what is
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occurring in the story. The mouse goes page by page, through the book, asking different animals to be his friend. The set up of the illustrations allows for the children to guess what animal will be shown on the next page, which is very exciting for young, interactive minds! The story ends when the mouse finds another mouse, and they become friends!
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LibraryThing member clwalker
"Do you want to be my friend?" asks the lonely little mouse. He follows a tail, but all he finds at its end is a rather unfriendly horse. The little mouse just wants someone to play with — but he'll have to follow a lot of tails before he can find just the right companion.
LibraryThing member ccampeaux
This book is about a little mouse who meets a seal, a giraffe, a hippopotamus, a fox and a surprise as he bravely looks to find a friend. There are a few bumps along the road but he just brushes them off and continues on to find a new friend.
LibraryThing member lbradf4
Do you want to be my friend? is a story about a small mouse that encounters different animals and asks each of them if they want to be his friend and each time they do not. He continues to ask each animal until he finds another mouse and asks “do you want to be my friend?” the mouse replies
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that he does want to be his friend and it is a very cute story for young readers and how you can find a friend in someone like you but you can try to make friends with someone that is different than you.
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LibraryThing member Hhaddad1
This book is about a little mouse who encounters a bunch of animals and asks each one of them if they want to be his friend. In the end, he finds friendship in another mouse. This is a cute book, but it would really only benefit very young readers. I love the illustrations.


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