Published by Viking Books for Young Readers
Summary: Squirrel is sure Trouble has arrived when a bear moves in next door. She imagines all kinds of terrible things about Trouble as she sees him working in the yard and hears noises through their shared wall. But when her beloved pet mouse Chamomile disappears, she assumes the worst, and, armed with a teapot, rushes to Trouble’s door. When she discovers them knitting and eating cookies, she realizes she has been wrong to think she’s known about Trouble. Moral: like tea and cookies, friends can be different and still bring out the best in each other. 40 pages; ages 3-7.
Pros: The illustrations do much of the storytelling here, and they are a lot of fun, delivering an important message for kids without hitting them over the head with it.
Cons: Not sure why the mouse meows.