My favorite book as a young child was Dandelion by Don Freeman. There I am picking it up! Reading it as an adult, I'm still intrigued by the main character, Dandelion (a lion), who gets fancy to go to a "tea-and-taffy party." When his friends don't recognize the dapper Dandelion, he's crushed. Then, the wind blows off his new hat and blows his dandelion bouquet away, and the rain ruins his curly locks and forces him to take off his soaking wet, new jacket. He returns to the party, and his friends are thrilled to finally have him arrive. Dandelion promises to only be his "plain" self from then on, but I would've much preferred that he kept those curly locks.