The inspiration behind Jumping Mouse
The name Jumping Mouse was inspired by a Native American legend of a small creature who dreams of a new way of life. Compassionate and courageous, the young mouse journeys to unfamiliar places and faces many terrifying challenges. Along the way, a magic frog gives him the gift of strong hind legs and the new name, “Jumping Mouse.” Throughout his journey, he befriends other creatures who help him as he discovers his strengths and his spirit. In the end, he is transformed into a magnificent soaring eagle.
This ancient myth is a metaphor for the journey undertaken by a child at Jumping Mouse. Though they may face frightening experiences and emotions, through therapy they learn to trust their own inner strength and resilience. As they heal, they realize their ability to meet the challenges of daily life and relate positively to the world around them.
“Only way is, you have to face your fears. You must fly into the darkest cave, and you will see that still there is some light.”
– Katie, a five-year-old at Jumping Mouse
Illustration from John Steptoe’s Caldecott Award-winning version of The Story of Jumping Mouse