How can I tell you how good this book is and what you should look for while reading it!? It's impossible. Ellen has a stuffed lion, which is not like the tiger in Calvin and Hobbes which then moves and becomes real, he remains really stuffed. What's more, he can't close his eyes because they're on the button! Ellen and her Leo talk about everything all the time and their conversations are beautiful and intelligent. Leo is wise and Ellen is full of imagination and wonderful inventions.
Ellen and the lion help each other, protect each other and push each other to think better and better about the things of the world. Think carefully as you read that people often try to make us think what is happening to them and we just have to know and try to respond, like the lion does. Realistic and loving! If one day you and I meet we will have a conversation just like this, I'm sure of it.