When a fancy present for a sick friend goes awry, a kindhearted mouse realizes friendship is the greatest gift of all.
Upon finding a friend ill, a fawn-colored mouse provides tender care. With sweet devotion the visitor brews tea, plays music, and tucks in the blankets. While the ailing friend sleeps, the visiting mouse journeys out, gathering pocketfuls of flowers to bring back; but when a storm blows the bouquet away, the bereft mouse dejectedly returns empty-handed. Kind words and a hug await as the gray mouse offers reassurances that being together is enough. The text is kept to a bare minimum, consisting mostly of variations on the titular phrase. The illustrations, done in watercolor, pen, and pencil, carry the narrative and offer shades of meaning that keep the repetition from feeling stale. Frequently laid out in overlapping panels, they feature simply cartooned, expressively appealing characters. While the pastel palette may be reminiscent of Kevin Henkes, these mice—with their rounder faces and physiques—are all sincerity, without the individuality or hilarity of Henkes’ mice stories. Sophisticated layouts and clever use of panels create a visual narrative that takes readers on a journey with the character.
A comforting reminder of friendship’s restorative properties. (Picture book. 3-6)