Mortimer's Christmas Manger

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A holiday story to be cherished by families everywhere

Unhappy in his cramped, cold hole, Mortimer Mouse moves into a nativity scene thinking it is the perfect home for him, until he discovers who truly belongs there.

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Overview

A holiday story to be cherished by families everywhere

Unhappy in his cramped, cold hole, Mortimer Mouse moves into a nativity scene thinking it is the perfect home for him, until he discovers who truly belongs there.

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Mortimer isn't a picky mouse, but he does want a better home; his present abode under the stairs is just too cold, too cramped, and too creepy. Hunting for crumbs one day, he makes a promising discovery: In the middle of a large, well-lit room, he finds a huge tree covered with twinkling lights and, not far away, a rodent-sized house! It's true that his home-to-be is populated by statues of shepherds and lambs, but Mortimer is a mouse on a mission. Can he build his homestead in the family manger, or is he destined to learn a valuable lesson and find an even better home? A thoroughly charming, delightfully offbeat Christmas story by the creators of Bear Snores On.
Publishers Weekly
Twas the week before Christmas and all through the house, a restless creature was stirring: Mortimer the mouse. Tired of his "cold, cramped, creepy hole" under the stairs, Mortimer finds new mouse-size digs amongst a human family's Christmas decorations. The small "house" with a cozy manger bed already has some residents-statues of shepherds, animals and a baby-but Mortimer moves in anyway. Then he hears the humans read a story on Christmas Eve that makes a touched Mortimer realize how special the house really is. The creators of Bear Stays Up for Christmas turn out another cuddle-worthy winner. Ages 4-8. (Oct.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
Mortimer is a wee mouse living in a big house. During one of his daily wanderings to find crumbs, he climbs up the furniture and topples the Christmas tree decorations on his way to a house that is just his size: a manger scene. Day after day, he lugs the small statues out and makes room for himself in the manger itself. Day after day, people return the small statues to their places. Finally, Mortimer hears the Christmas story and realizes that the Baby Jesus belongs in the manger. After praying to Jesus to bring him a home as well, Mortimer spies that home: a gingerbread house. The illustrations are large and colorful, rather like the pages of a child's coloring book. This Christian story has bits of humor and compassion with a specific focus on praying to Jesus. It would be most appropriate for a church Sunday school or Christian school as well as family reading with very young children. 2005, Margaret K. McElderry/Simon & Schuster, Ages 3 to 6.
—Karen Leggett
Kirkus Reviews
Little Mortimer Mouse craves a mouse-sized house of his own because his mouse hole is not a pleasant place-"Too cold. Too cramped. Too creepy." At Christmastime, Mortimer finds a house that is just the right size: a Nativity set with a little hay-filled bed that's a perfect fit. He moves the baby and the other statues out of the house each night so he can curl up in the manger until he overhears the Nativity story read out loud on Christmas Eve. Mortimer then realizes the meaning of the statues and the baby Jesus figure and offers a prayer to Jesus to send him a home of his own. Mortimer's prayer is answered in short order when he finds a gingerbread house set out for Christmas Eve. Mortimer is an appealing little creature in Chapman's illustrations, showing his determination to find a cozy bed, but the volume's greater appeal for families and schools will be as a simple but satisfying story that focuses on the true meaning of Christmas rather than on Santa or presents. (Picture book. 3-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781416950493
  • Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
  • Publication date: 10/2/2007
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 797,883
  • Age range: 2 - 6 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.00 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Karma Wilson

Karma Wilson is the bestselling author of several picture books for Simon and Schuster, including the Bear series and Where is Home, Little Pip? Karma lives in Idaho, USA.

Jane Chapman has illustrated numerous picture books, including 'Bear Snores On' and the Happy and Honey books by Laura Godwin. She lives with her family in Dorset, England.

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  • Posted December 11, 2012

    Lovely story but as an ebook, could use some more thought and fe

    Lovely story but as an ebook, could use some more thought and features like read to me or even just bigger text and better placement of text. 

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 4, 2010

    A MUST HAVE

    A great read with great pictures. Most importantly it has a great message about the "true" meaning of Christmas. A must read for the Christmast season or any time of the year.

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  • Posted December 11, 2009

    Great book!

    I love this book. I try to buy my grandchildren a book every Christmas to help remind them of the true meaning of Christmas. This is a tender little book that warms the heart! JJ

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 3, 2007

    Very Cute and Touching

    A touching story about a mouse who learns about baby Jesus and how important the baby is. My 3.5-year old really loves it, and so do I!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 13, 2007

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    My 4 year old daughter has been a big fan of all the 'Bear' books by this author/illustrator team so we got this last year. The story does not have the same rythmic flow as the Bear books, but it is still very melodic. I love to read this aloud to my daughter...I think I might even appreciate the books more than she does. And the illustrations are a perfect compliment to the story. A holiday (and all year) favorite!

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