Tuesday, March 22, 2022

Happy Book Birthday, The Friendly Mouse by Sophia R Tyler!

I'm giving a quick glance at this lovely book since it just was released yesterday! But I'll be visiting it again soon beginning May for a review. So, keep your eyes open for that because I'm excited about diving into this one. 

by Sophia R. Tyler
Illustrated by Matthew Sample
Tiger Lily Publishing
Picture Book
38 pages
ages 4 to 8

A Small Mouse with a Big Heart Changes the World One Friend at a Time. . .

Mouse is a field mouse who loves living in the country, but works in the city. This leaves him with a major problem: he is constantly late for work. In the face of losing his job, Mouse makes a bold, faith-filled choice that could cost him everything.

An unexpected story about how a little mouse overwhelmed with his own struggles finds himself to be the miracle prayed for by another.


A Short Interview

1) As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up?

When I was little, I wanted to be a librarian, which was very fitting for my personality as a little girl. I was a super reserved and quiet little girl who valued calmness. I also really liked the musical, The Music Man, and thought that the librarian was so pretty and that her job looked so fun. Another reason I wanted to be a librarian was because in elementary school, we had library time where the librarian would read to us and use different voices. I just remember that it was such a peaceful and relaxing time to have in the middle of a school day.

2) What was one of the most surprising things you learned while creating The Friendly Mouse?

The most surprising thing that I learned when creating The Friendly Mouse was just how much time it takes to create a book. It's relatively easy to come up with a story, but to make it into a book is a lot of work, and the amount of people it takes to make it a book was surprising to me.  It made me have a newfound respect and admiration for artists and authors.  It takes a lot of work to create a book as well as get its name out there. It made me applaud the authors out there who have awards and recognition because I now know how much work goes on behind the scenes. I am so grateful to all the people who helped me create The Friendly Mouse because I could not do it all on my own.

3) Is there a message/theme in The Friendly Mouse you'd like readers to take with them?

There are two main messages that I wanted to convey in The Friendly Mouse. First, that more good things happen than bad when you choose to show kindness. In my story, the mouse was mistreated many times, but instead of showing that same unkindness, he meets these other characters with love and gentleness. Readers of the story will be able to see all the gifts that come his way for being a kind person. Second, that in your lowest, and most stressful times in your life, when you turn your head, God is always right there. There is a point in my story where Mouse is on his knees praying. I wanted to convey that God will always be there to listen and direct your path.

And here she is...

Sophia R. Tyler has been dedicated to helping those less fortunate for as long as she, and her family, can remember. Her favorite books growing up included The Berenstain BearsThe Crippled Lamb, and Franklin, all which instilled in her a passion for supporting under-served communities. Her genuine love for children and their development, growth, and learning inspired her to write The Friendly Mouse. She hopes to reintroduce the timeless message of the Golden Rule to young children, particularly those who have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Currently a senior at Hope College, Sophia will begin the Master of Social Work program at University of Denver in Fall 2023. Throughout high school and college, Sophia tutored elementary school students and interned for Ready for Life and Benjamin’s Hope, nonprofit organizations which foster inclusive communities and provide creative and engaging opportunities for children and adults with disabilities. She led creative art classes with Benjamin’s Hope, combining her creative side with her social work. Sophia loves to paint and has an Instagram account dedicated to posting her art.

1 comment:

Heather N. Quinn said...

That was an uplifting read. Looks like a lovely book.