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March 22, 2022

The Friendly Mouse by Sophia R. Tyler ~ a Review

by MK French

Mouse lives in the country but works in the city, so he's constantly late. When he's at risk of losing his job, Mouse makes a faith-based choice that changes everything.

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book cover of children's book The Friendly Mouse by Sophia R. Tyler
March 2022; Tiger Lily Publishing; 979-8985057409
print (38 pages); children's

Of course, Mouse works at a Cheese Factory, which is an adorable and no doubt tempting place to work. His long walk from the country is exhausting, which any adult with a long commute understands. Either he arrives late or he falls asleep, either of which could get him fired. While praying for an answer, he overheard his boss talking about the mess of paperwork in his office. This was something Mouse could take care of; by helping his boss, he is given a gift in return. Mouse then decides to extend his kindness to others, even those who hadn't helped him.

The Friendly Mouse is an adorably illustrated book for young children. Its lesson is fairly obvious for adults, but children do need to see that kindness brings many gifts when it's given to others. It's not a tangible reward that is important, though, of course, those are nice, too. We also see the intangible rewards that can be so much more valuable: friendship and understanding. Mouse's kindness to his boss, even in the face of being yelled at, shows us how small gestures can magnify over time, and become bigger as other people are helped as well. We can all use a little grace and kindness and help lift each other up as much as we are able to.

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Born and raised in New York City, M.K. French started writing stories when very young, dreaming of different worlds and places to visit. She always had an interest in folklore, fairy tales, and the macabre, which has definitely influenced her work. She currently lives in the Midwest with her husband, three young children, and a golden retriever. 

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