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“The King has come! Even for a little one like me.”

Do you ever feel like you are too small or too ordinary? That is just how Itsy and Bitsy feel. When these two charming little mice hear that a King is coming to Bethlehem, they set off with great enthusiasm to find Him. Along the way, they are met with discouraging words telling them they are too little and unimportant for any king. Just when Itsy and Bitsy begin to believe that they really ...

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Overview

“The King has come! Even for a little one like me.”

Do you ever feel like you are too small or too ordinary? That is just how Itsy and Bitsy feel. When these two charming little mice hear that a King is coming to Bethlehem, they set off with great enthusiasm to find Him. Along the way, they are met with discouraging words telling them they are too little and unimportant for any king. Just when Itsy and Bitsy begin to believe that they really aren’t big enough for the new King, they learn that Christ the King has indeed come for everyone.

Crafted by master storyteller Max Lucado,Itsy Bitsy Christmashelps children understand God’s great love and know that He sent His Son for all of us—little or big, young or old.

Meets national education standards.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
09/16/2013
Lucado (The Crippled Lamb) tells the Nativity story from the point of view of mice siblings Itsy and Bitsy, who are marveling at all the people traveling through Bethlehem “to be counted.” Daniel the donkey says it’s a “big day, indeed,” because “The King is coming to Bethle-hem.” Snippets of mouse humor (“I’ve never seen inside the nose of a donkey”) add levity and personality to this rendering. Trained in animation, Merz (My Friend the Weather Monster) illustrates from the mice’s perspectives, using a loose, painterly style with subtle details in muted earth tones. Ages 4–7. (Sept.)
School Library Journal
10/01/2013
PreS-Gr 1—Itsy and Bitsy have never seen Bethlehem so busy. When Daniel the donkey tells them that there is a King coming into the city, the mice siblings are determined to find him despite being scoffed at by the animals that share their stable. Their journey through the streets, hotels, and the market is depicted in a way that loosely mirrors Mary and Joseph's search for lodging. Exhausted at the end of the day, they return home to find that their stable is THE stable, where the newborn baby Jesus exudes love for even the smallest of creatures. It's a sweet enough message, made more precious by the cartoon illustrations, though the story brings nothing new to the "Nativity through the eyes of the stable animals" genre.—Joanna Fabicon, Los Angeles Public Library
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781400322626
  • Publisher: Nelson, Thomas, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/10/2013
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 32,271
  • Age range: 4 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.90 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Max Lucado
More than 120 million readers have found comfort in the writings ofMax Lucado. He ministers atthe Oak Hills Church in San Antonio, Texas, where he lives with his wife, Denalyn, and a sweet but misbehaving mutt, Andy.
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Itsy Bitsy Christmas

You're Never Too Little for His Love!


By Max Lucado, Bruno Merz

Thomas Nelson

Copyright © 2013 Max Lucado
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-1-4003-2262-6


CHAPTER 1

Bitsy, watch out!" Itsy grabbed his little sister's tail and pulled her back just in time. The big wagon rolled past and splashed them with mud. "Be careful, Bitsy. You don't want to get run over."

Bitsy jumped back and gulped. Her big eyes grew even wider.

"I've never seen Bethlehem so busy!" she exclaimed. "People everywhere. Wagons rolling. Cows mooing. Donkeys pulling. And camels ... do you know that camels spit?" Bitsy stepped away from the camel nearest her. "What is going on, Itsy?"

"Follow me, and I'll show you," the older mouse replied.

Itsy took his sister's hand, and they scampered to the top of the city wall. "It is time to count all the people. Everyone has to go to their hometown and sign the big book."

Bitsy looked around. "This is a big day for Bethlehem."

"Big day, indeed," said a deep voice behind them. Itsy and Bitsy turned. A donkey was talking to them. The mice were on the wall, so they could see him face-to-face.

"Whoa, you're big!" said Itsy. "I've never seen inside the nose of a donkey," he added, peering inside the nostril.

"Eeweey," Bitsy offered.

"Who are you?" she asked the donkey.

"I'm Daniel from a faraway town."

"Are you here to be counted?"

"No," he said very slowly. "I am here because of the King."

"What?"

"Haven't you heard? The King is coming to Bethlehem."

"But Bethlehem is an itsy bitsy town," Bitsy explained. "Why would a King come here?"

"This King is special. He comes for everyone, big and small."

"Like us?" Itsy asked.

"Like you."

Bitsy turned, her whiskers bouncing. "Itsy, we need to tell our friends!"

"Yes, yes!" Itsy agreed. "They will want to see the King too!"

The mice dashed between feet, hooves, and rolling wagon wheels and ran toward their stable.

They scurried under the gate, up the stable post, and onto their favorite rafter. From their spot high above the floor, they could see all their friends. Ruthie the mama horse was the biggest. Rowdy the rooster was perched on the rail. Six sheep were crowded in the corner. Charlie the cow grazed on some hay. Grumpy the goat sulked in another corner. He never smiled. He was always mad at someone.

Itsy cupped his hands over his mouth and squeaked, "Okay, everyone, gather in. We need to talk." No one moved.

Bitsy tried, "We have big news!"

No response.

Bitsy turned to Rowdy the rooster. "Can you help us?"

"Sure," replied Rowdy. "I love any excuse to make some noise." He leaned his head back—

"Cock-a-doodle-doooooo!!!"

The animals lifted their heads. "Hey," groaned Grumpy the goat. "Knock it off. I'm trying to nap."

"Itsy and I have big news!"

"You're moving?" Grumpy muttered.

"Grumpy, be nice," said Ruthie the mama horse. "Itsy and Bitsy, tell us your big news."

"A King is coming to Bethlehem. To us!"

No one spoke for a long time. Then Rowdy crowed, "A King to Bethlehem? That will never happen."

The others snorted, baahed, neighed, and mooed in agreement.


(Continues...)

Excerpted from Itsy Bitsy Christmas by Max Lucado, Bruno Merz. Copyright © 2013 Max Lucado. Excerpted by permission of Thomas Nelson.
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  • Posted November 30, 2013

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    I have to start with a confession: I tend to be a bit distrustfu

    I have to start with a confession: I tend to be a bit distrustful (even cynical) when it comes to books marketed as "Christian." I usually do a ton of research beforehand, but I took a chance when I entered a giveaway of Itsy Bitsy Christmas.

    I was very pleasantly surprised! This story gives children the most basic message of Christmas: "God sent Jesus for us all." Period. Its simplicity makes Itsy Bitsy Christmas a truly ecumenical book (says this progressive/moderate-to-liberal Christian).

    This is probably as close as a Christian author can get to not having a denominational leaning, and I so appreciate that in a children's book. The most direct theological statement in the entire story is: "God sent [Jesus] to love us, help us, and save us." Mary and Joseph make an appearance, but they are not named, and there's no story of Jesus's birth. Instead, the book focuses on the animals in the stable (two mice in particular) and their quest to find out who is the king who has come to town, and why he would bother with their seemingly insignificant little village.

    It's sweet, it's funny, and Bruno Merz's illustrations are incredibly cute. Geared for ages 2-7, this was a huge hit with my 4-year-old! I'm sure we'll be reading this one often during the Advent/Christmas season.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 4, 2013

    If you are familiar with the work of Max Lucado you already know

    If you are familiar with the work of Max Lucado you already know that this is going to be a fabulous book. We happened to receive it when my four year old grandson was at the house and we wound up reading it together over and over and over.




    The pictures are beautiful and the words easily flow off of the tongue. But the most important part is that the message of the book comes through. The dialogue of the two cute little mice remind reader that God's love is for everyone no matter how big or small you may be. 




    We plan on adding this to our stash of Christmas books that we bring out each season. I think it would delight the younger children in your family as well.




    I received a copy of this book to facilitate my review.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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