Bartholomew's Blessing: A Christmas Story

Bartholomew's Blessing: A Christmas Story

by Stephanie S. Tolan, Margie Moore
     
 

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Bartholomew Mouse is very small. He's used to being ignored by all the other animals. So when an angel arrives at his door one snowy night, Bartholomew can't help but be surprised. And when she invites him to be blessed by a newborn prince, he can hardly believe his tiny ears. Is he really worthy of such an honor? He must bring the perfect gift!

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Bartholomew Mouse is very small. He's used to being ignored by all the other animals. So when an angel arrives at his door one snowy night, Bartholomew can't help but be surprised. And when she invites him to be blessed by a newborn prince, he can hardly believe his tiny ears. Is he really worthy of such an honor? He must bring the perfect gift!

Readers of all ages will delight in this story of a mouse who feels too small to count, but discovers the truth about himself in the light of a special baby's smile. With Margie Moore's gentle, luminous illustrations, this intimate approach to the Christmas story by Stephanie S. Tolan is sure to become a classic.

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Publishers Weekly - Publishers Weekly
It may have been too crowded at the inn, but there's room for creatures great and very small at the manger in Tolan's (Surviving the Applewhites) tender Nativity story. As animals hurry past him, Bartholomew the mouse wonders where the excitement is. Finally a kindly angel and a bushy-tailed fox encourage him to head for the stable. Humbled in the presence of the newborn Prince of Peace, Bartholomew regrets not having a wonderful present for him. However, he delivers an unexpected gift and in turn receives the babe's blessing. Readers can almost hear the gentle cooing of calm beasts in Moore's (Count the Ways, Little Brown Bear) soft watercolors, as seen from a mouse's eye-view. Ages 4-8. (Oct.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
Bartholomew is the smallest animal in the forest, or so he thinks. He is used to being ignored by the other animals. But on a snowy night, the peaceful surroundings he called home suddenly became very busy and noisy with animals passing by. Bartholomew asks what the rush is about, but he is ignored just as he expected to be. However, one creature, a beautiful angel, stops in to see Bartholomew to explain that a prince has been born who he is going to bless all of the animals. Bartholomew makes his way to see the prince, but is unable to bring the gifts he wants to bring. In the end, Bartholomew receives his blessing anyway. A delightful re-telling of the Christmas story that even the youngest child will understand. This is a great Christmas gift. 2004, HarperCollins, Ages 4 to 8.
—Joyce Rice
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1-A little mouse wants to take presents to the "newborn Prince," but he accidentally loses the barley head, the seed pod, and the special stone he finds on his way to the stable. However, when Baby Jesus smiles at him, he becomes "the biggest creature in the stable." The illustrations, rendered in soft colors and full of sweetly rounded animals and angels, will appeal to young children. The story itself is rather bland, with an ending that may strike readers as anticlimactic. Gentle but disappointing.-E. M. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Bartholomew is a tiny mouse, "a small animal, used to being ignored." The larger creatures from his part of Bethlehem are trotting off to the stable for the blessing of the animals by the newborn Prince of Peace. At the invitation of an angel and a fox, Bartholomew follows along, gathering up some tiny gifts along the way, but he falls into a stream and loses them all. Wet and dejected, he creeps into the stable and up onto the frame of the manger to see the baby. Bartholomew sneezes, which makes the Christ Child smile, in turn making the little mouse smile and feel as big as the other animals-his own special blessing. Though stories with the theme of gifts for baby Jesus exist in many versions, this account is told in lyrical, flowing prose, paired with delightful watercolor illustrations from Moore. Her paintings are sweet without being cloying, and her Bartholomew has definite personality and appeal. The final page of this gentle story shows an outdoor vista of the peaceful stable scene, speckled with snow, and "filled with blessings." (Picture book. 4-7)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780060011970
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
10/26/2004
Edition description:
Ages 4-8
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
10.34(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.37(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Stephanie S. Tolan is the author of more than twenty books for young readers, including Welcome to the Ark, Flight of the Raven, and the Newbery Honor–winning novel Surviving the Applewhites. She lives on a little lake in a big woods in Charlotte, North Carolina, with her husband (Bob), two dogs (Coyote and Samantha), two fish (Blanche and Noir), and plenty of outdoor creatures.

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