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Title and Author: Alexander and the Wind-Up Mouse by Leo Lionni

Field of Philosophy: Ethics; Social and Political Philosophy;

Plot Summary: Alexander, a mouse who is met with screams and chased with a broom every time he is seen, becomes friends with Willy, a toy mouse, Willy, who is loved by the little girl who lives in the house. Ultimately, when Willy is about to be thrown away, Alexander is able to help him.

Some discussion questions:

Is there a difference between solitude and loneliness? If so, what is it?
Does having a friend mean never being lonely?
Can you be lonely and with other people? Can you have solitude and be with other people?
Do we have moral obligations to all other living creatures? Some of them? Some more than others? How do we know?