Amigo

written by Byrd Baylor, illustrated by Garth Williams

Francisco is a lonely boy; Amigo is a prairie dog. They live in the desert, and both want someone to play with. But who will tame whom?

Francisco wants a dog for a friend but there are too many mouths to feed in the family to afford a pet. After considering a number of options Francisco decides to try to tame a prairie dog. When he goes to the prairie dog town he is seen by a little adventuresome prairie dog who wants a boy for a friend. But how do you tame a boy? Each plans and works carefully and their patience and caring bring them true friendship.

The simple, poetic text is perfectly complemented by the charming drawings. The prairie dogs are quite personable; I love the picture of Amigo daydreaming about his boy.