Mortimer's Christmas Manger

Mortimer's Christmas Manger

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by Karma Wilson, Jane Chapman
     
 

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It's Christmastime, and Mortimer Mouse, unhappy in his cramped, cold hole, goes in search of a new home. He spies a nativity scene that looks just right for him, so he moves the statues out and settles himself into the manger! But when he hears the Christmas story being told and realises that the statues are of Mary, Joseph and Jesus, he understands that the…  See more details below

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It's Christmastime, and Mortimer Mouse, unhappy in his cramped, cold hole, goes in search of a new home. He spies a nativity scene that looks just right for him, so he moves the statues out and settles himself into the manger! But when he hears the Christmas story being told and realises that the statues are of Mary, Joseph and Jesus, he understands that the crèche is meant for them and returns everything to its rightful place. Then, suddenly, a Christmas miracle occurs and Mortimer discovers a new home, at last!

Editorial Reviews

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:
9781442426399
Publisher:
Margaret K. McElderry Books
Publication date:
11/16/2010
Sold by:
SIMON & SCHUSTER
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
40
Sales rank:
406,904
File size:
15 MB
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This product may take a few minutes to download.
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Karma Wilson is the bestselling author of several picture books for Simon & Schuster, including the Bear series and Where Is Home, Little Pip? Karma lives in Montana.
Jane Chapman is the illustrator of over one hundred books for children, including Dilly Duckling by Claire Freedman and I Love My Mama by Peter Kavanagh, as well as Karma Wilson’s Bear Snores On, Bear Wants More, Bear Stays Up for Christmas, and Mortimer’s Christmas Manger. She lives with her family in Dorset, England. Visit Jane at ChapmanandWarnes.com.

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Mortimer's Christmas Manger 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Storywraps More than 1 year ago
Mortimer's a little mouse, He longs so much for his own house. He now resides inside a hole That's dark and damp Without a soul. Each day he looks for crumbs and bits And spots a little house that fits. The house is high He starts to climb  He reaches it in record time. But what he finds there Baffles him, Little people are within. Animals and a baby sleeps .... No one talks, no not a peep. The tiny baby's little bed Is just his size and he is lead To tug and pull  The statues out Crawl in the bed And without a doubt... Mortimer has found a home The next few days  He starts to roam Finds cookie crumbs and lots of snacks But strangely finds the statues back. He drags and shoves them, clears the house Quite a task for a little mouse. Then one night he hears a story Of a little babe that came from Glory He came to save the world from sin But there was not a room for him. Baby Jesus was his name And suddenly Mortimer felt great shame. He knew whose bed he had overtaken He knew baby Jesus had felt forsaken He made up his mind right then and there To give up his dream and not despair. Mortimer prayed and asked as he fled For a house of his own and a comfy bed. Then Mortimer spied an amazing house One just perfect for a little mouse. No statues or animals,  All candy and s-t-e-a-d-y He climbed up to inspect it.... And smiled .... move-in ready!
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nmk97 More than 1 year ago
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. 
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TyGuyUT More than 1 year ago
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.
JJ55 More than 1 year ago
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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Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!