Loud Mouse’ authors celebrate Purim at Boulder JCC

A little mouse and her big voice teach kids to be brave, even when it’s scary.

Cara Mentzel and her sister Idina Menzel celebrated Purim at the Boulder Jewish Community Center Sunday. The sisters had a sing-along of the children’s book they wrote together, “Loud Mouse.”

The book, released in September, follows a mouse named Dee who loves to sing, and her brave journey in being comfortable and confident in herself.

Menztel graduated from the University of Colorado Boulder in 1996 and was a teacher at Foothills Elementary in Boulder for over 12 years, but she now lives in Los Angeles. Menzel has played Elphaba in “Wicked” on Broadway and is the voice of Elsa in “Frozen.”

Hundreds of people and their kids, and dozens of little girls dressed as Elsa, watched the sisters read and sing on stage. The sisters said that they hope kids learn to be confident.

“Sometimes being your biggest, best self sometimes means taking risks and being vulnerable. And that’s okay and you should do it anyways,” Mentzel said in an interview.

Menzel said that the books inspiration comes from her own experience as a little girl and discovering that she had a great voice. She said that she wanted to share her talent, but was hesitant of what that could mean.