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Children's LiteratureAt 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.