Picture Book Tells Story of Friendship, Courage, and Responsibility

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In this new endearing tale, Mike the mouse and his friends are going to show readers what real friendship entails and how much one is willing to sacrifice for his friends’ sake.

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A famous saying goes, “A friend in time of need is a friend indeed.” That is the central theme of author Deborah Rutter’s first book as she tells children about the insightful story of “Mike and Friends.” In this endearing tale, children are all invited to witness an amazing friendship where friends help each other not only during good times but during danger as well. “Mike and Friends” follows the life of a young mouse and his three friends as they escape the claws of one sneaky cat by helping each other.

Mike the Mouse lives happily with his family in a hole in the garden. He loves to lie among the flowers in the sunshine, to sleep and dream of wonderful things. Mike has friends he shares the garden with. Sam the Sparrow is Mike’s best friend in the whole world, Lil the Ladybird is the one who tickles his toes with her antennas, making him laugh, and William the Worm is the very wise friend who always gives Mike good advice. They play and talk together all the time.

Yet one day, as they play, they have wandered too far from Mike’s hole. And as they were too busy enjoying each other’s company, they did not notice that Clyde the cat sneakily climbed over the fence to cross the garden and has been eyeing Mike for quite some time now. When Sam saw him, they all warned Mike and told him to run. Mike ran and eventually dropped himself inside their family hole just in the nick of time.

As readers will read on, they will see a brilliant display of friendship as the four friends defended each other and risked their lives for one another. An inspiring story that is a good example for children, “Mike and Friends” is a totally recommended read. The first in a series of colorful and enjoyable read, everyone is encouraged to grab a copy of this title and the upcoming ones!

For more information on this book, interested parties can log on to http://www.Xlibris.com.au.

About the Author
Deborah (Deb) Rutter comes from a rural area of NSW in Australia delighting in and respecting the diversity of nature and the animals that are a vital part of the environment. Through Deb Rutter’s professional skills, life experience and love for writing, she strives to encourage the development of imagination and literacy skills and believes the sharing of reading and expression is important for the whole family. Deb Rutter’s creative writing invites everyone into a world of metaphor, a place where images are created through words. She believes that a book shared is a book that grows where a wealth of love and joy prospers.

Mike and Friends * by Deborah Rutter
Best Friends
Publication Date: February 12, 2014
Picture Book; AU$29.99; 24 pages; 9781493133420
e-book; AU$4.25; 9781493133437

Members of the media who wish to review this book may request a complimentary paperback copy by contacting the publisher at 1-800-455-039. To purchase copies of the book for resale, please fax Xlibris at (02) 8088 6078 or call 1-800-455-039. Xlibris books can be purchased at Xlibris bookstore. For more information, contact Xlibris at 1-800-455-039 or on the web at http://www.Xlibris.com.au.

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