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The Leopard and the Mouse by Marilyn Briant

Updated on April 4, 2016

Children's Book Inspired by Famous Leopard and Mouse Photos

One of only 32 books selected from over 1,000 submitted to and reviewed by the KART (Kids Are Readers Too) Foundation,The Leopard and The Mouse received the 2011/2012 KART Kids Book List Award. It was also given a 5 star rating by KART in the Spring of 2016.

"The KART Foundation believes that introducing books at an early age will allow children to naturally master the developmental milestones that are essential to solid learning foundations. KART is committed to promoting and implementing children's literacy programs and services..."

The KART Kids Book List Award is given "For Excellence In Creative Storytelling."


To be honest, I didn't write The Leopard and the Mouse with the desire to become a rich and famous author (although that would be nice!). I wrote this beautifully illustrated book because all stories carry with them the power to affect lives.

In a way the book wrote itself. It came from my beliefs that kindness, sharing and helping others, feels good.

I admit that when the photos of the real-life leopard and mouse encounter arrived in my email, I was entranced. Here was a gentle giant and a tiny, fearless creature! It was a story waiting to be written, one that would enchant children everywhere, encouraging them to accept differences, think before acting, and look for beauty inside.

Childhood experiences and life as a mother and grandma have taught me how wonderful imagination is. From toddler to teenager, it was my own imagination that took me to better places than the reality in which I found myself.

I believe this story will find its way into the hearts of all the children and adults who read it and the children will absorb the helpful messages about positive social behavior, thinking and self-awareness. It is my hope that they will be inspired to overcome fear and connect with their own strong, calm energy.

Although it is written for children ages 4 - 8, I know this charming story will inspire children of all ages and everyone will just love the beautiful illustrations by artist, Jan Stamm.

The Leopard and The Mouse - A Description of the Story

by Marilyn Briant

Imagine for a moment that you are a very hungry mouse and you happen to find some food. Having just put a small piece of meat into your mouth, you are suddenly staring at the front legs of a giant creature. This is the situation in which Thomas finds himself one sunny day. He has every reason to be fearful, but this is a mouse who feels he can trust his inner knowing. This is a mouse who believes he will find all that he needs. This is a mouse who is not afraid to be open to all life has to offer.

And what about the owner of the giant legs? She is a huge and beautiful leopard. She has never seen a mouse before and she certainly has never seen one eating her dinner. What develops from this chance encounter is not what you might think. Sasha the leopard is a strong and powerful animal. She understands that she has a choice about what to do. She can help or hurt the tiny mouse. Is Thomas in danger, or will he discover that what he believes really comes true?

Cambodian Orphanage

The Children Love The Leopard and The Mouse!

All authors need to promote their own books. I have set up and done readings/book signings in schools, both in England and the USA. I also attend library and other events whenever possible. I give talks about writing the book and include a reading. I take books with me whenever I travel and In October, 2012 I donated a copy of The Leopard and The Mouse to the library of a children's school in an Orphanage in Cambodia. As you can see from the photo, the children seemed to love the story!

Order a copy of The Leopard and The Mouse from Amazon today (click on the link below) - Stock in several copies to give to children and grandchildren

The holidays and anytime is the perfect time to order a copy for all the children in your life.

If, like me, you think it is important that children's books encourage them in positive thinking and social behavior, please consider not only buying it for your children or grandchildren. Donating the book to schools, mentoring or reading programs in your area can really help children in need. Please also consider posting information about the book, or selling it on your website or business web page.

By buying and recommending this book to others you can help the message reach the hearts and minds of children all over the world.

The Leopard and the Mouse
The Leopard and the Mouse
Here are some snippets from The Leopard and The Mouse's 5 star reviews on Amazon: 5.0 out of 5 stars The Leopard and the Mouse, July 7, 2012 By Lois Gentilli (USA) As a mother who has always given meaningful books to my children and others... 5.0 out of 5 stars The Leopard and the Mouse, March 13, 2012 By Mary Ann Wiedmont ...a story that speaks to all ages and its illustrations are works of art...The little ones I have given this book to love it and feel it is very special. 5.0 out of 5 stars The Leopard and The Mouse - Makings of a Classic, October 23, 2011 By Author of "Dawn of Desegregation" " Marilyn Briant's enchanting sure to capture the imagination of young listeners...The Leopard and The Mouse is destined to become one of the classics. 5.0 out of 5 stars The Leopard and The Mouse, May 26, 2011 By Danielle I Labbate adorable story about two completely different animals who are able to recognize their similar spirits and connect on a deeper level of understanding... 5.0 out of 5 stars Lessons for all of us, May 10, 2011 By Patricia Newman - Amazon Verified Purchase It contains beautiful and important messages about sharing, thinking before you act, following your intuition, and practicing kindness in all your interactions...I wouldn't miss having this book in my library and you shouldn't either. 5.0 out of 5 stars The Leopard and the Mouse, April 20, 2011 By Margaret Berger Amazon Verified Purchase ...a book that first makes you smile and on second thought, makes you eager to read it often, as bedtime story, to your little ones...In my opinion (I'm the grandmother of 11), if read often, this story can shore up some children's shaky trust in themselves and help them pull on their inner resources to come out on top...

Promoting The Leopard and The Mouse

Here's Some News on Sales and Events

One of my first book signings was at the Jaffe and Neale bookshop in Chipping Campden, England.

I have sold many books at local, annual, Craft Fairs and love promoting and selling The Leopard and The Mouse at these events.

Signed copies of my book have become popular too with visitors on Members Days at Central Florida Animal Reserve.

To everyone who has bought my book - THANK YOU!

If you, and/or the child for whom it was purchased love the story, please let everyone know and take a few minutes to post your thoughts on your website or facebook page, with a link to this page. Or, write a review and post it on Amazon letting others know it is a special book!

My thanks too, to Casey Gutteridge (the young English photographer whose pictures of the real-life leopard and mouse encounter appeared in newspapers all over the world) for this feedback: "It's fantastic - I love it!"

Casey and Me!
Casey and Me!

A Talented Young Photographer

Casey Gutteridge

I met Casey in England. We talked about how his photos created quite a stir when they appeared in newspapers and magazines around the world. I am so thankful to him for allowing me to include them in my book.

Casey has his own website:

About the Author - Marilyn Briant

Marilyn Briant author of The Leopard and the Mouse
Marilyn Briant author of The Leopard and the Mouse

In my working life, I was a Training Manager responsible for writing and instructing training programs for JPMorgan Chase. I was lucky enough to be able to run and participate a volunteer mentor program in New York City. It was this program, involving weekly mentoring sessions to promote positive self-esteem and assist with learning needs, for selected children at a public school in Manhattan, which helped me learn how much good social skills matter

After I moved to Williamsburg, VA I joined Big Brothers, Big Sisters, so I could continue one-on-one mentoring sessions with children in a local school.

My goal is to inspire positive social behavior, thinking and self-awareness in children.

About the Illustrator - Jan Stamm - Check Out Her Links Below

Jan Stamm illustrator of Leopard and the Mouse children's book by Marilyn Briant
Jan Stamm illustrator of Leopard and the Mouse children's book by Marilyn Briant

Jan Stamm's background is in illustration and graphic design. She studied at the Art Center College of Design and more recently with the Art Academy of San Diego.

When I saw one of Jan's paintings of a tiny mouse, I knew she was perfect to illustrate this book.

Examples of Jan Stamm's illustrations

Jan Stamm's Official Web Page

Marilyn's New Book

I am thrilled to announce Arms Out...Kiano Sees The World is now available, as of August 2015. In this book, for ages 6 - 9 years, a small boy from a tiny village in East Africa believes that dreams can come true. Depicted by more beautiful illustrations from Jan Stamm, Kiano visits some amazing places around the world.


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      7 years ago

      Gorgeous story. Congratulations.

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      Indigo Janson 

      8 years ago from UK

      Congratulations on having such a charming book published. I'm sure many, many children will love it and will learn from it.

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      8 years ago

      I am so excited to hear---- from David Bailey---- about your book and will order one or two. I am in a writing group and enjoy writing myself but can't imagine getting published! I live in Highlands, N.C. and still have your book of poetry from long ago. Congrats. Lee Lyons

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      9 years ago

      Marilyn your book sounds wonderful! I wish you lots of success!

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      9 years ago from British Columbia

      Marilyn, I am so happy to have discovered your book! I will add it to my lens on mouse stories.

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      9 years ago

      Marilyn, I just ordered a couple of copies of your beautiful book to give to friends. I wish you much success with it; it's truly a gift to readers of all ages!

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      9 years ago

      Wishing you every success with this delighful book Marilyn

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      9 years ago

      Best of luck with you lovely book. I feel privledged to be part of your writing group.

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      9 years ago

      Congrats! I know this will be a best seller soon!

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      9 years ago

      It looks amazing dear sis. I have just finished a day at uni and am about to head off home.

      You are so very clever xx

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      9 years ago

      Sounds like a wonderful book with awesome illustrations! Look forward to actually getting my hands on a copy of it. Congratulations and good luck with this venture!

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      9 years ago

      can not wait to get a copy

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      9 years ago

      Thank you. The book looks like a wonderful read.

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      9 years ago

      FAntastic book - great lens!

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      lasertek lm 

      9 years ago

      Seems like a good book. Will get a copy when I see one.

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      9 years ago

      Marilyn, I just read the outline and description and I can't wait to purchase a copy. Best wishes for a huge, huge success. I think it's wonderful and awesome that you have done this. Love,

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      Nancy Carol Brown Hardin 

      9 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      What a clever, charming lens about a wonderful children's book. Welcome to Squidoo, and good luck with your book.

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      9 years ago

      Although this lens was sent by a friend, I am touring Squidoo today on the April Fools Angel Blessing bus - and I believe you deserve a blessing for bringing your positive messages to adults and children alike. I also have a soft spot for the Big Cat Rescue. So a blessing, and a link to my leopard coloring pages as well.

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      9 years ago

      Sounds like a wonderful book. Will pick it up for my nieces when it's available. Best of luck for swift sales.

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      Virginia Allain 

      9 years ago from Central Florida

      Marilyn, I wish you great success with your book. The story is truly inspiring and the illustrations are perfect for your book.


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