Christmas with the Mousekins
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Christmas with the Mousekins

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by Maggie Smith

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Join the Mousekin family as they prepare for Christmas! Filled with crafts and recipes, poems and stories, this is a Christmas book to share with the whole family, year after year.

All the highlights of a great December are here. The Mousekins pick out and decorate a tree. Make paper snowflakes with Nana Mousekin. Bake cookies for friends and neighbors. Write


Join the Mousekin family as they prepare for Christmas! Filled with crafts and recipes, poems and stories, this is a Christmas book to share with the whole family, year after year.

All the highlights of a great December are here. The Mousekins pick out and decorate a tree. Make paper snowflakes with Nana Mousekin. Bake cookies for friends and neighbors. Write letters to Santa Mouse. Welcome carolers. Sled and skate and make a snowmouse. Share family stories of Christmases past. And find secret corners of the house to work on surprise presents for each other.

You can celebrate along with the Mousekins—this book includes recipes for cookies, instructions for paper and felt crafts, and stories and poems to share with your family.

Maggie Smith perfectly captures the happy whirl that is Christmas—when the house smells of cinnamon and ginger and you’re putting the finishing touches on homemade gifts, and the excitement of secrets soon to be revealed is buzzing in the air. Open these pages and step into the warmth of family, the spirit of sharing, and a season full of love.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Smith introduces a crafty--as in resourceful--family of mice in this story about the bustle during the days leading up to Christmas. Kid-friendly projects (mostly paper crafts) and recipes are interspersed, so after siblings Mimi and Momo make decorations with their grandmother, readers can do the same. The story is slight, but several poems and ministories add variety, and Smith's cozy mixed-media scenes of the close-knit family celebrate a holiday filled with baking, homemade gifts, and kind deeds. Ages 5–8. (Sept.)
Children's Literature - Barbara Wheatley
The Mousekin family is preparing for Christmas and begin by finding the perfect Christmas tree to bring home. That afternoon Nana Mousekin arrives, bringing not only hugs and surprises, but her love of crafts that she shares with the family. Nana helps the Mousekin children Mimi and Momo make mitten garlands to decorate the tree and Christmas tree hats to wear. The children also write letters to Santa Mouse and help bake cookies to give as gifts. A fresh snow encourages skating, skiing, and sledding along with carolers who visit the Mousekin family. Old family stories and handmade gifts help make the Mousekin Christmas a wonderful holiday. Instructions for paper and felt craft activities, recipes for cookies, and poems and stories fill the pages of this book, from endpaper to endpaper. Crafts include snowflakes, garlands, tree toppers, and bookmarks along with other crafts. Cinnamon Snail cookies and Gingerbread Mice cookie recipes are also included. Poems and songs are found throughout the book in boxes with the complementary text. A quaint story with beautiful painted illustrations paired with wonderful crafts and activities makes this book an excellent choice for the season. Reviewer: Barbara Wheatley
Kirkus Reviews

This Christmas compendium of craft ideas, recipes and poems is woven into a related story about a mouse family preparing for their celebration of the holiday. The family, including a visiting grandmother, engages in lots of traditional activities, both inside and outside, with spreads about the mouse family alternating with spreads offering recipes and instructions for simple craft projects. Additional short poems are worked into the illustrations of the family's activities. The anthropomorphic world of the mouse family is quite believable, right down to every detail of their well-appointed home, and the mice are undeniably cute in their winter clothing. The overall result, however, is a busy and rather cluttered effort, very sweet and old-fashioned in tone, which may appeal more to adults than to children. Those fond of mice will find this nice. (Picture book. 4-8)

School Library Journal
K-Gr 3—'Twas two weeks before Christmas and Mama, Papa, Mimi, Momo, and Baby Mousekin busily prepare for the holiday by selecting a tree, writing letters to Santa, baking cookies, caroling, and other traditional activities. The bustle of the season is captured in this sampler format, which includes crafts, recipes, poems, and Nana Mousekin's Christmas Eve story. The colorful, cozy artwork is filled with intricate detail that will appeal to the very young. The crafts, many of which require tracing of small patterns and recipes that involve baking, are geared for older children. Best for parent or teacher use with small groups.—Madeline J. Bryant, Los Angeles Public Library

Product Details

Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
Product dimensions:
10.30(w) x 10.10(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range:
3 - 7 Years

Meet the Author

Maggie Smith has loved mice and especially books about mice since she was very young. She has also been a crafter and a stuffed-toy designer since childhood. One of her first jobs was sewing puppets for Jim Henson. She now devotes most of her time to creating picture books for young readers and was thrilled to be able to include all of her loves in this book.

Some of Maggie Smith’s acclaimed books include One Naked Baby; Paisley; Dear Daisy, Get Well Soon; and Desser the Best Ever Cat. She lives in Seattle. To read more about Maggie’s books, you can visit, and to see some of her stuffed creations, you can visit

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Christmas with the Mousekins 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Absolutely fantastic book! Fabulous Christmas present for children! I have purchased 3 so far (2 for gifts). I wish there were more Mousekins' holiday books!!! I also purchased another of Maggie Smith's books, "Counting Our Way to Maine" and we adore that book as well. Beautiful illustrations, filled with humor.
SvetlanaM More than 1 year ago
This book is great to read for Christmas. My son like it very much
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I got this book 2 years ago for my then 3year old daughter. She and I loved it so much that I quickly bought 2 more for her little cousins & their families. I am surprised & disappointed by the Kirkus Review above, and I strongly disagree that the book is cluttered. Maggie Smith has created a delightful world to the exacting, adorable detail. The illustrations are gorgeous and invite children in to a world of charming detail. Every scene invokes one's own memories, and for children, instills an excitement about the traditions of Christmas & Winter that are not about shopping or getting presents. After pouring over this book (my child begged for it to be read nightly for about 3 months before we tapered off into 3-4 times/week bedtime reading :), my daughter asked for a watercolor set from Santa, she wanted to make me a Christmas present, she wanted to make presents for her cousins, she wanted to bake cookies together, she wanted hot cocoa every night and she wanted to go sledding. This enchantingly illustrated book & charming storyline make you wish you lived in the world of the Mousekins, and the author Maggie Smith gives you the recipes & craft directions to make these kinds of cherished memories with your own children, grandchildren, nieces, nephew and/or students! I cannot recommend this book enough to families with young children (I'd say ages 3 - 9 years). I wish Maggie Smith would write all kinds of Mousekins books! For example, Thanksgiving with the Mousekins, Easter with the Mousekins, Valentine's Day with the Mousekins, Camping with the Mousekins, Sailing with the Mousekins, Beach Day with the Mousekins, St. Patrick's Day with the Mousekins, Mother's Day with the Mousekins, etc., etc. And if Maggie Smith could retain the same exacting artistic attention to detail and the same exacting depiction of an entire season/day, she will have given the world of children's literature and countless families a gift. What I have taken away from this book is that Maggie Smith must understand that life is to be cherished, and that wonderful memories can/should be made and that the innocent wonder of childhood should be celebrated! One more thing: this story includes the importance of grandmother/grandparents and has generational appeal. My mother-in-law was inspired when she read this book, and when she came to visit for Christmas, she brought "surprises" in her bag just like the story. We made cookies just like in the story. We made hot chocolate just like in the story. And we are sooooooo happy that we did. My mother-in-law, my daughter's beloved "Gamma" died in March. My daughter is only 5 now, but she will have memories & pictures of our special activities that were taken directly from Maggie Smith's delightful story. Thank you Maggie Smith!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a great book for Christmas time with ages 3-6. The projects are simple and fun.