A personal journey becomes a universal story
Based on the author's own travels to India–where colors, tastes, beliefs and ideas transported her to new parts of her own imagination–this is the story of Tsi Tsi, an ordinary mouse with an extraordinary friend named Buddha. The simple wisdom and vibrant colors of Tsi Tsi's world charm children and adults alike.
The Mouse & the Buddha was a 2007 Nautilus Book Awards Finalist.
Read reviews from industry professionals, happy parents and inspired students.
School Library Journal (Reviewed 09/01/2006)
PreS-Gr1 "This gentle tale combines basic teachings of the Buddha with a knowing appreciation of the love most children have for small animals, in this case a mouse. Tsi Tsi enters a Buddhist temple by night and finds a wealth of food offerings there. As he eats, the Buddha, via the temple statue, shares with him the essence of his wisdom..."
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Children of the New Earth (June 2006)
"This is a delightful story about a curious and hungry little mouse named Tsi Tsi (which is Tibetan for mouse)...Read about this funny mouse that learns some great lessons of truth from Buddha. Tsi Tsi took Buddha's advice and notices how her life transforms. She knew when she was able to be nice to a cat that she was a changed mouse! For insights and entertainment I recommend you add this simple story with a great lesson to your children's library."
Reviewed by Erin Kelly-Allshouse
"My son LOVES LOVES Tsi Tsi, and writes his name and has memorized parts of the book. He so enjoys the part where Tsi Tsi eats the treats and plants the garden. It is very touching to hear him read aloud the wisdom of the Buddha about how to live one's life, and he is starting to connect that Tsi Tsi even showed love to the cat...I tell him it's like forgiving his sister and doing something nice for her. We're still working on that. Just wanted you to know that he asks for Tsi Tsi every night."
"I purchased this book as a birthday present for my best friend's daughter, but it's tempting to keep just for the beautiful artwork and story...so much color! Such nice universal teachings. Very accessible to kids (and adults) of all religions."
"Like many other parents, I find myself constantly reinforcing right vs. wrong to my young boy–especially since my family isn't overly religious. This is the best morality lesson I've found in a children's book, communicated very simply and illustrated beautifully, which both captivates my son's attention and helps him understand how to be a good person in this world. I would highly recommend it to any parent looking for effective ways to teach good behavior to their child."
Students, Ricardo Richards Elementary School, St. Croix, USVI