Barbey, Beatrice Meow Said the Mouse

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Meow Said the Mouse

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Inspired by a grandmother's bedtime story and the teachings of Thich Nhat Hanh, Meow Said the Mouse is a delightful and whimsical tale of a mouse that turns into a cat. Instead of being afraid, the mouse learns to appreciate her new appearance and realizes that she is a part of everything else on earth. Told as an endless loop (the end of the story becomes the beginning again), the story serves as a metaphor for change, and presents an original example of the Buddhist idea of interdependence.

Philippe Ames combines paper cutout and collage techniques with Indonesian shadow puppet esthetics. These illustrations perfectly complement the intimate, handcrafted character of the story, resulting in contemporary original art rooted in an ancient tradition.

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Beatrice Barbey is a gemologist and jewelry designer who lives in Colombier, Switzerland. She invented this tale with her grandchildren.

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Once there was a small gray mouse who lived with her mother. During winter, the nights were dark and cold and very long. The little mouse spent a lot of time sleeping her bed. One night, the mouse woke up hungry and thirsty. Mmmm, she said, I would really like to find some water to drink and some food to eat. She tiptoed out into the kitchen. There was a big cat that lived in the kitchen and normally the mouse was too scared to go in there at night. But tonight, she was too hungry and thirsty to care. Right in the corner of the kitchen was a bowl that had been full of milk for the cat. There were a few drops of milk left at the bottom. The mouse looked left and right and then stuck her little face in the bowl and stuck out her tongue to lap up the last bit of milk. As soon as she drank the milk, POOF, the mouse became a cat. Mmmm, she said, feeling her new cat body and looking down at her beautiful gray and white fur, What was I scared of’ To be a mouse is a wonderful thing but do be a cat is a wonderful thing, too. Enchanted by her new appearance, our gray and white cat went out door and crawled down the road, her nose in the air. She felt the cool air on her skin and the soft earth under her feet. She was enjoying every minute of her new cat body.

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