Christmas Mouseling

Christmas Mouseling

by Dori Chaconas, Susan Kathleen Hartung
     
 

The north wind blew.

The snowflakes flew.

And the mouseling sneezed,

"Ah-choo! Ah-choo!"

On a cold December night, a baby mouse is born. The winter wind blows the tiny mouse nest apart, and Mother Mouse, with her shivering mouseling, sets out in search of a warm shelter. From the top of a hill, Mother Mouse sees a halo of light and follows it to a wooden

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Overview

The north wind blew.

The snowflakes flew.

And the mouseling sneezed,

"Ah-choo! Ah-choo!"

On a cold December night, a baby mouse is born. The winter wind blows the tiny mouse nest apart, and Mother Mouse, with her shivering mouseling, sets out in search of a warm shelter. From the top of a hill, Mother Mouse sees a halo of light and follows it to a wooden shelter. Inside, a special child is born, and the Christmas Mouseling, nestled in the manger, is warm at last. Dori Chaconas' lyrical text joins with Susan Kathleen Hartung's tender illustrations to poignantly capture the wonder of the Nativity story.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
A mother's love shines in Chaconas's (One Little Mouse) sweet Nativity story starring a pair of mice. Mother Mouse welcomes her new baby during a blustery storm that destroys their snug nest ("The north wind blew./ The snowflakes flew./ And the mouseling sneezed, Ah choo! Ah choo!"). Seeking shelter, she follows other animals going "to see a king." Hartung's (Dear Juno), chilly images painted in oil glaze and a bevy of swirling snowflakes on a backdrop of blue turn to burnished hues of gold as the pair enters the welcoming stable, where the mouseling nestles next to the infant in the manger. Ages 2-up. (Sept.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
A mother's tender love and concern for her newborn is the theme of this sweet Christmas story with a well-written, traditional structure and inventive illustrations. As Mother Mouse carries her newborn mouseling through the snow-covered fields searching for a safe haven, she meets several animals: a sheep, a dove and a cow. Each one offers its home to the mice, because the animals are leaving "to see a king." A repeated refrain of blowing wind, flying snow and sneezing mouseling causes each borrowed home to blow apart, so the two mice eventually follow the other animals toward the star and the stable. There they borrow a corner of the Christ Child's blanket and receive a kind word from another mother with a newborn. Hartung's illustrations provide a properly appealing Mother Mouse, who carries her baby out into the world in a sling made of a seed pod. Many pages use large snowflakes layered over the panoramic views, and the repeated refrain is creatively incorporated within the illustrations along pastel blue swirls to indicate the whirling winter winds. (Picture book. 2-7)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780670059843
Publisher:
Viking Juvenile
Publication date:
02/29/2000
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.34(w) x 9.76(h) x 0.36(d)
Lexile:
AD520L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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