The Mouse & the Buddha

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2007 Nautilus Book Awards finalist

Children are introduced to love, compassion, and patience in this story of Tsi Tsi, a curious mouse who meets a friendly Buddha while looking for a late night snack. The Buddha lives in a temple in Tsi Tsi’s house, and while Tsi Tsi shares the sweets and fruits the family has left, the Buddha teaches his small friend the great importance of simple acts of kindness and forgiveness. At the end of their lessons, Tsi Tsi spends a day living by ...

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Overview

2007 Nautilus Book Awards finalist

Children are introduced to love, compassion, and patience in this story of Tsi Tsi, a curious mouse who meets a friendly Buddha while looking for a late night snack. The Buddha lives in a temple in Tsi Tsi’s house, and while Tsi Tsi shares the sweets and fruits the family has left, the Buddha teaches his small friend the great importance of simple acts of kindness and forgiveness. At the end of their lessons, Tsi Tsi spends a day living by these values, even going so far as to befriend a cat. Richly illustrated, this tender tale of simple truths is fitting for families of all spiritualities.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
At first glance the elements of this story appear promising. A mouse called Tsi Tsi (Tibetan for mouse) lives with a family high in the mountains of Dharamsala, India. He sneaks into the temple where the golden Buddha sits, and helps himself to the offerings and the butter sculptures left on the altar. The Buddha speaks to the mouse. So far, so good. There is something sweet and touching about the little mouse in the Buddha's company. One might even draw a possible analogy to the little drummer boy of Christian tradition--the small and powerless experiencing grace through innocence. Nevertheless, after this point the story degenerates into the sort of platitudes that so many beginning writers feel compelled to serve up to children. They are presented on the three following text-only spreads as the wisdom the Buddha imparts to Tsi Tsi: "Be forgiving."; "Be patient."; "Do not forget to love one another." Point of view, voice, and story have been sacrificed by this time, and whatever promise that seemed inherent in the opening is lost. The author passes up the opportunity to tell a story in favor of didacticism. In all, this book has the telltale "homemade" feel of many self-published books. The amateurish illustrations appear to be computer-generated. This could have been an enchanting story set in a place filled with tremendous sensory potential; it just is not developed enough to fit the bill. Serious study of the craft of creating a picture book is sincerely recommended to those aspiring writers to whom technology affords easy publication. 2006, Little House, Ages 4 to 8.
—Uma Krishnaswami
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1-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 left there. As he eats, the Buddha, via the temple statue, shares with him the essence of his wisdom: "Be kind to others," "Be forgiving," "Have compassion for those less fortunate than you," and so on. Tsi Tsi takes the teachings to heart and begins to help older mice, those who are lonely and sick, and so forth. The Buddha, in return, receives the mouse's tickling of his stomach and the gift of laughter. Openly didactic, the tale serves as a simple introduction to Buddhism in an easily digestible form. Most of the teachings are given in a series of spreads. The illustrations are simply drawn, featuring black outlines and rich colors. Children might pay more attention to Tsi Tsi's activities than to the teachings, which are central to all religions, but since the mouse decides to act upon the instruction, the lessons are likely to make an impression.-Coop Renner, Hillside Elementary, El Paso, TX Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780977381203
  • Publisher: Little House Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/2006
  • Pages: 36
  • Sales rank: 1,112,848
  • Age range: 3 - 5 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.00 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Kathryn Price is a candidate for a Master of Divinity degree at Chicago Theological Seminary. She lives in Western Springs, Illinois. Traer Price is a graphic designer with a background in corporate graphic design, fountain choreography, glass production, and environmental design. She lives in Sarasota, Florida.

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