When I first began to write The Mouse and the Cuckoo, my goal was to create a story that would serve as a bridge of understanding between autistic children and their parents.
As the book developed. I realized that my simple story of a mouse trying to speak with an animated cuckoo clock bird carried a greater message for all of us.
So many children are trapped within their physical shell. These are kids with Autism, Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy and dozens of other adversities. And, like my little cuckoo bird, each has a song in their heart.