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Children's LiteratureIn this charming story about friendship, which revises "Ten in the Bed," ten animals are sleeping in a cave together. The "littlest mouse" keeps asking for more room, but when all the animals roll over, the friend on the end falls out of the cave and into the field. One by one, they keep rolling out of the cave, until the "littlest mouse" is alone. He feels so lonely that he leaves the cave to join the rest of his friends. Butler illustrates the animals in pastel colors with rounded edges, which makes them look like stuffed animals. This style of illustrations conveys a sense of safety. Another way the pictures express security is through the animal's facial expressions. While falling out of the cave, the animals are smiling and laughing, which shows the reader that getting knocked out of the cave is not a threatening situation. Butler also uses the illustrations to connect with the text. Whenever the text says that an animal is falling out of the cave, the pictures are framed into sections to show the movement of the animal down the hill. The text also plays an important role in this story because through it the reader learns the importance of friendship. 2005 (orig. 1952), Peachtree Publishers, Ages 4 to 8.