Mouse creates a painting for his new friend Hippo—and Hippo returns the kindness in an unlikely way—in this delightful story about doing your best to make a friend happy!(goodreads summary)
A little mouse finds the perfect rock in a lake to paint a picture. His painting spot turns out to be a resting hippopotamus when it suddenly moves and tosses him into the water. Unfortunately, Mouse cannot swim but Hippo saves him. Mouse would like to paint Hippo's portrait as a thank you for rescuing him. Hippo is so inspired by Mouses artwork that he also wants to paint a portrait of mouse to share with him. This is a cute and funny story about two very unlikely friends with the appreciation for each others artwork and point-of-view. When the characters talk, the text is in different colors differentiating between hippo and mouse speaking. It is simple and short making for an easy read-aloud. There is also a gentle tone of politeness between the two in conversation as the new pair develop a special friendship. The illustrations help in making their personalities stand out and in the end a bit of problem solving adds to the humor of the story of how things are seen from different perspectives. I think this is a "just right" book for ages 3-6.~
Title: Mouse and Hippo
Author: Mike Twohy
Pub. date: February 2017, Simon & Schuster
Genre: picture book
Hardcover, 32 pgs.