Charming New Children’s Book ‘Mouse and the Flood’ Takes Readers on Surprising and Entertaining Adventure

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Author Marion Heffernan presents a colorful rhyming story about Little Mouse and his heroic journey home with illustrations by inspiring artist Amy Begley

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Children will benefit from the rhyming nature of the book as phonemic awareness helps children learn the rhythm of words, develop their skills in literacy, communication, cognitive and more!

Children’s author Marion Heffernan instills the importance of staying positive and hopeful, especially during unexpected trials, in her new story, “Mouse and the Flood,” the latest book in her Little Mouse picture book series. Heffernan’s engaging story will fascinate readers as they follow brave Little Mouse’s impromptu journey home during a terrible flood. The story is written in rhyming verses and supported by beautiful illustrations by inspirational Irish artist Amy Begley to encourage children to interact with the book while it is read to them.

“Mouse and the Flood” details Little Mouse’s adventures during his attempt to find his way back home after a storm swept him along after the rain. As he travels down the farm road in his makeshift boat, Little Mouse makes unlikely encounters with other animals who were undergoing the storm as well. The story is set-in real-life situations to reflect events that children may have experienced or heard about to help stimulate them into asking questions.

“Children being actively involved and interacting with any book is as relevant today as it ever was,” said Heffernan. “Helping children become involved in books, for whatever purpose, has to be the ultimate goal of any author of children’s stories.”

Readers of all ages will embark on this unpredictable journey, as well as be reminded to look at the brighter side of things when misfortunes come their way. Children will also benefit from the rhyming nature of the book as phonemic awareness helps children learn the rhythm of words, develop their skills in literacy, communication, cognitive and more!

“Mouse and the Flood”
By Marion Heffernan
ISBN: 978-1-7283-8495-5 (sc); 978-1-7283-8494-8 (e)
Available through Amazon, Barnes & Noble and AuthorHouse

About the author
Children’s author Marion Heffernan is a 71-year-old great grandmother, with two grown children, three grandchildren and one great grandchild. She attended the Open University Degree Course in Health and Social Care where she received a diploma in Health and Social Welfare, a certificate in Health Promotion and an Upper Second Class Honors Bsc., degree in Health and Social Care. “Mouse and the Flood” is the second book in her Little Mouse series, preceded by “Mouse’s Great Adventure” and followed by the next book in the series, “Mouse and the Midnight Visitor.” She was born in Yorkshire, England and currently resides in County Cork, Ireland. To learn more please visit,

About the illustrator
Artist Amy Begley is an inspiration to other young people like her and proves that even if reading and writing skills are difficult, art and craft can open many doors. As an accomplished artist, she studied Level 5 and 6 cartoon animation at the St. John’s College and interned at YouPrint in Mallow. Begley represented the Suisha Inclusive Arts partnership with Cork Mental Health Services during a round table in Brussels where she discussed the topic of inclusive arts for adults. She also resides in County Cork, Ireland. To learn more, follow Begley on Twitter, @amybeggs94.

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