Chibi Samurai Wants a Pet
By Sanae Ishida.
Main message: Don't overlook or underestimate what you already have.
Beautifully illustrated with delicate yet modern watercolour-style pictures, Chibi Samurai is jealous of his friend Little Kunoichi and her pet rabbit. He goes on an adventure to find a creature companion for him, before learning that the perfect pet was with him the whole time. There's loads to look at in the pictures, including hidden animals, and it ends with a helpful 'Did you know?' page explaining more about bits of Japanese culture that appear in the book.
This is a hardback book that measures 22 x 22 cm. It's ideal for 4-8 year olds.
For another story about appreciating what you've got, check out The Name Jar.