Item description for Mortimer's Christmas Manger by Karma Wilson & Jane Chapman...
Overview 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.
Publishers Description Mortimer Mouse needs a new house -- a house that's not so cold, cramped, and dark. Where can he go?
He sees a huge tree covered with twinkling lights. And next to the tree, a mouse-size house. And inside the house, a wee wooden manger just Mortimer's size. But statue people seem to already live there! One by one, Mortimer lugs and tugs the statues out of the house -- only to find them all put back in their places each evening! What is Mortimer to do?
It's not until he overhears a very special story that Mortimer realizes whose house he is sharing and where Mortimer himself belongs. It is the story of Christmas and the ngiht the baby Jesus was born that warms Mortimer's heart in this magical holiday offering from award winners Karma Wilson and Jane Chapman.
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Studio: Margaret K. McElderry
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 10.52" Width: 10.32" Height: 0.41" Weight: 1.05 lbs.
Release Date Oct 31, 2005
Publisher Margaret K. McElderry
ISBN 0689855117 ISBN13 9780689855115
Availability 0 units.
More About Karma Wilson & Jane Chapman
Karma Wilson's previous picture books include Bear Snores On, Bear Wants More, Bear Stays Up for Christmas, and Mortimer's Christmas Manger, all illustrated by Jane Chapman; One Day in the Middle of the Bog, illustrated by Joan Rankin; and Hilda Must Be Dancing
and Bear Hugs, illustrated by Suzanne Watts. She lives with her family in Fortine, Montana. Karma Wilson's website is karmawilson.com. Jane Chapman is the illustrator of several books for children, including Dilly Duckling by Claire Freedman and I Love My Mama by Peter Kavanagh, as well as Karma Wilson's Bear books and Mortimer's Christmas Manger. She lives with her family in Dorset, England.
Karma Wilson currently resides in the state of Idaho.
Karma Wilson has published or released items in the following series...
Reviews - What do customers think about Mortimer's Christmas Manger?
Cute and touching. Feb 16, 2008
Mortimer is a mouse, living in a dark hole under the stairs. In his opinion, his hole is "too cold, too cramped, too creepy." One night, as he's sneaking around the big house looking for crumbs that the human family may have left behind, Mortimer finds what he thinks will be a perfect new home for him -- the stable in a Nativity scene. The excited mouse struggles to drag all the Nativity figures out of this stable, and he nestles himself down in the manger. The next day, as he's out prowling for crumbs, he comes back to find that someone has put the figures back into the stable! Annoyed, he drags them out again, and so it goes for several days, until one evening, Mortimer overhears the human father reading the Christmas story to his children, about how there was no room for them in the inn. The little Mouse realizes that the statue he has been dragging out of the manger each day is a statue of baby Jesus. Touched by the story, Mortimer decides that he wants to make room for the baby Jesus, and carefully puts all the figures back in their places. And in the end, Mortimer own prayer is granted. He finds a home that is just right for him!
Mortimer's Christmas Manger Jan 23, 2007
So cute!!!! The story is so fun to read and my twin girls age 6 loved to listen to it. We all loved the pictures. This will be a favorite Christmas treasure for years!!
A Blessed Christmas Story Jan 10, 2007
Mortimer's Christmas is a wonderful story about giving unselfishly and the birth of Jesus and it is told in a way even the younger children can enjoy. I read this during a Preschool Story Time at our library and several parents and grandparents asked where they could get copies. The illustations were great and the story moved along quickly. Karma Wilson has found a way to share the true meaning Christmas with the little ones.
An excellent Christmas story Jan 10, 2007
My preschoolers sat quietly and eagerly waited to hear the whole story. An awesome story that brings in the real meaning of Christmas.
Astounding Dec 19, 2006
This is perhaps the most powerful story about the Nativity outside of the New Testament. Kudos to Karma for the way she crafted a simple yet elegant story about one of the most important events in history. And the art? Jane is splendid. This is an all-star team who have created one of the most wonderful children's books I've ever come across. I now have a gift for everyone I know with small children. Keep 'em coming!