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"A sweet but purposeful storytime filler."
School Library Journal
"Children will ache with Posey over her misdeed and understand her motivation, while considering the story."
Children's Literature - Sheilah Egan
The mouse family is busily preparing for Christmas, Grandma and her three grandmice are decorating the tree as Mama Mouse and Papa Mouse are busy baking and doing chores. One of the ornaments is a tiny box wrapped in faded Christmas paper. Grandma announces that it is her favorite one. The oldest mouseling, Malva, asks "What's inside?" and Grandma says it is a story, "Tell it, Grandma. Please!" And so, we are introduced to Posey Mouse, a curious little mouseling who just had to "squeeze and shake" the presents under the tree. One Christmas Eve as her parents and sister, Tansy, went out to sing carols, Posey stayed home with a cold. While she was waiting for her family to return she started testing all of the packages to try to see what was inside…and, much to her surprise, a corner of one of them was loose. That loose corner led to Posey opening all of her presents, and then rewrapping them. She felt terrible and could hardly enjoy the special dinner or the gift exchange that evening. She was very upset and afraid that Santa Mouse would not leave anything for her on Christmas morning. Of course, there were presents under the tree for her and in her stocking was a tiny box labeled "Do Not Open Till Christmas." Malva, Forrest, and Holly all look at their Grandma, as she finishes telling the story. "Your name is Posey!" said Malva. Smiling as she hangs the tiny unopened box on the tree, Grandma says that sometimes it is best to wait for presents. Children will ache with Posey over her misdeed and understand her motivation, while considering the story. A nice little lesson, told with charm and love by a Grandma Mouse who truly remembers what it is like to be young and eager to find outwhat is inside a wrapped present. Endearing drawings show the reader the inside of the mousehole, nestled in the roots of a large snow covered tree. I particularly like the human hat that serves as the sofa and the single sock that is the living room's "rug." Reviewer: Sheilah Egan
School Library Journal
Grandma Posey shares the story behind a faded ornament shaped like a wrapped present. A little mouse named Posey loved Christmas so much that she couldn't resist the temptation to peek at all of her gifts while her family was caroling. Afterward, opening presents on Christmas Eve, the magic is spoiled because the surprise is gone. And the next morning little Posey decides to not open her last stocking present as a special reminder that "some things are better if you wait." Kennedy's mouse house and family are cozy and full of energy, her watercolors capturing the excitement and wonder of the holiday. While Posey isn't actually punished for her curiosity with a lump of coal, her remorse makes a strong impression on readers. A sweet but purposeful storytime filler.-Anne Connor, Los Angeles Public Library
When a mouse family gathers to decorate their Christmas tree, the grandmother tells them a story about her favorite Christmas ornament. She holds up a tiny red box with faded writing and tells the story of Posey, a little mouse with an intense curiosity about the contents of the presents under the tree. When she secretly opens all her presents from her parents prior to Christmas and then rewraps them, Posey feels miserably guilty. She worries that she will not get any presents from Santa on Christmas morning, but she does receive her longed-for doll and a stocking full of surprises too, including a tiny red box inscribed with the words "do not open till Christmas." In the satisfying conclusion, Grandma Posey and her grandchildren hang the never-opened heirloom box on their tree together. Kennedy's adorable mouse characters complement Dixon's gracefully written story, which subtly makes the point that peeking at presents doesn't pay off. (Picture book. 4-7)