Little Beauty by Anthony Browne (ages 3-6)
This beautiful story of friendship was written and illustrated by Anthony Browne. It was inspired by a true story about a gorilla at the San Diego Zoo who learned sign language. The Gorilla had everything he needed and could communicate with the zoo keepers. The Gorilla realized that even though he had all of these things he was very sad and lonely. He asked the keepers for a friend and they brought him the most unlikely little friend named Beauty. I absolutely love the illustrations in this book as they paint us a beautiful picture of an unusual and pure kind of friendship.
Little Beauty; Anthony Browne; $16.99; published 2008; Candlewick Press