Once a Mouse

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Once a Mouse
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Author Marcia Brown
Illustrator Marcia Brown
Country United States
Genre Children's picture book
Publisher Scribner Press
Publication date

Once a Mouse is a 1961 book by Marcia Brown. Released by Scribner Press, it was the recipient of the Caldecott Medal for illustration in 1962, Brown's second honor.[1]


Once a mouse is a magical Indian fable that tells the story of a small mouse and a hermit that knows how to change animals into something else. One day the Hermit was sitting under a tree when suddenly he saw a little, helpless mouse that was going to be eaten by a cat the hermit decided to change the mouse into a cat. Later the old man saw the cat afraid of a dog and changed the cat into a dog. The next day the hermit saw a tiger trying to eat his dog and decided to change the dog into a majestic tiger. As the days passed the majestic tiger began to think that he was the king of the place and that all the animals must respect him including the old hermit. One day the hermit reminded the tiger that he is really a mouse and that he shouldn't be acting the way he was acting, the tiger felt so angry that it thought it was better to eat the hermit before he can change him back into a mouse, but the tiger didn't know that the old man was able to read the thoughts. Finally the hermit change the tiger into a mouse and told him to learn how to take care of himself.


  1. ^ American Library Association: Caldecott Medal Winners, 1938 - Present. URL accessed 27 May 2009.
Preceded by
Baboushka and the Three Kings
Caldecott Medal recipient
Succeeded by
The Snowy Day

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