PORTLAND — Barbara Bush and her dog were a hit at the children’s hospital bearing her name.

Mrs. Bush, wife of former President George H.W. Bush and a summer resident of Kennebunkport, read to young patients Thursday at The Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital at Maine Medical Center.

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She chose “The Best Mouse Cookie” by Laura Numeroff to read to the kids, who afterward had an opportunity to greet and pet her small dog Tess, a Maltese-poodle mix.

The visit also fulfilled a “Live Your Dreams” request of 68-year-old Barbara Wyllie, who’s long wanted to meet the former first lady. Live Your Dreams was created to improve quality of life in Maine’s nursing homes and assisted-living facilities with the premise that it’s never too late to reach for our goals.