So Few of Me

Reynolds, Peter (2005), Candlewick Press

After seeing how long his to-do list is, all Leo can wish for is another one of him to help get things done. To his surprise, another Leo shows up at the door…and then another, and another, and another, until there are ten Leos in all! The more Leos that show up, the more there is to do — until finally Leo is so exhausted that he sneaks away for a nap and realizes that even if he does less, he can still do his best.

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Leo is one busy boy! His first solution to get everything done – wish for another one of him – doesn’t end up working out so well. What’s another solution he could have tried?

At the end of the story, Leo realizes that having so many of him around isn’t really helping the way he thought it would. He has to change his mind and find a new way to get things done, even if it means he doesn’t get to do everything. Can you think of a time when you had to change your mind and adapt?

What do you think would have happened if Leo kept going – and eleven, and then twelve, and then thirteen Leos kept showing up? Would Leo ever have finished his to-do list?

In this story, Leo takes control over himself and his life by deciding he will simply do less because he is overwhelmed. In order to do this, he has to step away from the busyness around him. What are some other things he could have done to calm down?

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