This story reminded me of the Velveteen Rabbit. These two mice meet as one is searching for a friend. The real mouse hates being real because people are constantly being mean to him so he envies the wind up toy...that is until the toy gets put in a discard box headed for the junk. He has been searching for a way to become a toy but now he uses his wish to make the toy real. I just love this type of illustrations - the mice are so cute and all.