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Book Title: Once a Mouse: A Fable Cut in Wood from Ancient India|
The author of the book: Marcia Brown
Edition: Rebound by Sagebrush
Date of issue: September 30th 1989
ISBN 13: 9780881032192
Format files: PDF
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I see how this story is a fable warning against boastfulness and teaching gratefulness. But I immediately focused on the philosophical slant: "One day a hermit sat thinking about big and little--" and then at the end "And the hermit sat thinking about big -- and little..."
Did the hermit come to any conclusions? Did he learn any lessons? This is what I think:
The hermit was sitting around thinking about size and why certain things are smaller and certain things are bigger. "Suddenly, he saw a mouse about to be snatched up by a crow." So instead of just thinking about size, the hermit starts thinking about injustice and how bigger things are going around gobbling smaller things and how unfair the world is. So he sets out to change it, one mouse at a time. But as he finds himself changing the mouse to bigger and bigger animals, he realizes that there is always going to be something bigger and/or more ferocious and that is just the way of things. The final straw came when his tiger-mouse pet thinks about killing him. The hermit, was like "Dude, are you serious? I totally made you who you are and you're going to turn on me like that?" Then the hermit stops and thinks about it. The whole time, he himself has been the bigger and more ferocious thing looming over the mouse. He's been thinking of the mouse as his pet, his thing to mold and shape, not a free mouse that needed some help getting by in the world. So, he turns the tiger-mouse back into a "humble, little mouse," and lets it return to its normal state of being. The hermit then goes back to "thinking about big--" and how big not only gobbles and is ferocious, but how big can be condescending, patronizing, colonizing and tyrannical. The hermit also thinks about little, too.
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Read information about the authorMarcia Brown has won the Caldecott Medal three times, the only person to do so until David Wiesner in 2007. She is also the winner of the 1977 Regina Medal, a six-time recipent of the Caldecott Honor, and the winner of the 1992 Laura Ingalls Wilder Medal for her lifetime body of work in children's literature.
Brown continued to paint in her studio in California, focusing on Chinese art instead of children's literature until her death in 2015.
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