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Misty Schroe

Misty Schroe is a ceramist and illustrator originally from Nashua, NH. She comes from a long line of storytellers and uses her illustration skills to continue that tradition, specifically focused on Native American myths heard from her mother, Laughing Bird, a professional Native American storyteller. She has a love of fairy tales and mythology, which not only inspires her illustrations, but also her writing, specifically YA focused. As a ceramist, she uses this form as a way to welcome her audience into her introspective journey as she explores the depth of her being through her connection with her Native American heritage from her Grandfather’s side. She is almost a fourth Crow from the Sioux nation. She is now currently living in Rochester, NH.

Jumping Mouse: A Native American Legend of Friendship and Sacrifice
Format: Hardcover
Text Content Territories: Indigenous American; Native American;

Jumping Mouse is just like another other mouse, except she has a dream—a dream to reach the fabled High Places. But one small mouse can’t make the long journey alone. At the start of her journey, Jumping Mouse is gifted new long legs from wise Grandfather Frog. Filled with gratitude, she soon meets others who need assistance just like she did: a buffalo that cannot see and a wolf that cannot smell. In order to aid them, she must sacrifice her own sight and hearing, putting her dream of the High Places at risk. Through perseverance and belief, Jumping Mouse discovers who she was truly meant to be, and demonstrates the value of friendship, selflessness, and sacrifice.

Characters come to life through striking photographs of ash-fired ceramic sculptures, giving a fresh twist to this retelling of a timeless tale from the oral tradition.

Educator Information
Recommended for ages 4 to 8.

Additional Information
32 pages | 10.62" x 9.45"

Authentic Indigenous Text
Authentic Indigenous Artwork