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 Bears, The 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.

ABOUT THE BOOK

A SMALL MOUSE WITH A BIG HEART CHANGES THE WORLD ONE FRIEND AT A TIME

The Friendly Mouse is the debut work from talented new writer Sophia R. Tyler and beautifully illustrated by Matthew Sample. This children’s story evokes the tone and style of the beloved Aesop’s Fables and shares with young readers the “Golden Rule” as well as finding true worth through acts of kindness.

The good natured and eager mouse loves his home in the countryside and works in the city. It’s a difficult and arduous journey for the little mouse to travel into the city for work, and because of this he is often terribly late. One morning after the journey into work, he almost falls asleep at his post. The poor little mouse is almost fired when he suddenly makes a bold choice that could cost him everything. 

Despite being overwhelmed by his struggles, he chooses to be kind and learns that, sometimes, your job isn’t your most important responsibility. So much in life can be lost if you allow jobs and responsibilities to overwhelm you. Far more is gained when you take the time to show kindness and to treat others as you want to be treated.

TALKING POINTS

  • The significance of the Golden Rule and its importance in modern times
  • Tyler’s dedication to helping others, especially under-served communities
  • 3 tips on how children can practice the Golden Rule daily
  • What inspired a college student to write a children’s picture book?
  • Which books and authors influenced The Friendly Mouse’s illustration style?
  • Tips on teaching kindness in the classroom throughout the pandemic 
  • Connecting Social Work with Childhood Literacy: the social and emotional benefits of reading to children 
  • How prayer and meditation provide guidance in chaotic and challenging environments

ADVANCE PRAISE

The Friendly Mouse is a beautiful story about the power of kindness. Its positive message will resonate with children and adults alike and be a wonderful reminder to treat people the way you want to be treated. It reminds me of my favorite quote by Zig Ziglar, ‘You can have everything in life you want if you just help enough other people get what they want.’ Share this book of encouragement with all the children in your life!” —Michelle Prince, CEO Performance Publishing Group, www.PerformancePublishingGroup.com

The Friendly Mouse is a delightful story that brings valuable lessons to life. This is a book your child will return to again and again. The story, characters and illustrations are masterful! This book will become a timeless classic for many families.” —Alex Lerma, Chief Freedom Officer