Alexander and the Wind-Up Mouse by Leo Lionni
The beloved Caldecott Honor Book and Christopher Award winner about two unlikely friends who see each other for who they are inside.
Everyone loves Willy the wind-up mouse, while Alexander, the real mouse, is chased away with brooms and imperiled by mousetraps. Wouldn't it be wonderful to be loved and cuddled, thinks Alexander, and he wishes he could be a wind-up mouse, too. In this gentle fable about a real mouse and a mechanical one, Leo Lionni explores the magic of friendship.