Sunday, November 20, 2011

Mortimer's Christmas Manger by Karma Wilson & Jane Chapman

Not too early for Christmas books is it? I figured I would start with a favorite Christmas book which I discovered last Christmas and since none of our stores here had it, I had to order a used copy (and then ordered another copy for a special little girl that I felt HAD to have a copy). Why do I love this book? Because it is a perfect combination of sweet animals that kids will be able to relate to but yet has the TRUE meaning of Christmas - without going overboard. Mortimer lives in a dark hole in the wall and is not happy about it. One day he goes out looking for a new home. He find a new place near the Christmas tree but it appears to be inhabited by a crowd of people. After attempting to talk to the people, with no response, he realizes the people are actually statues. He soon sets to work moving them out of the area. The next night he returns to find all the statues back in the places he had moved them from. He again drags the statues out of his new house. This continues day after day until one day he overhears the people reading the Christmas story about Jesus and being born in a stable. He soon realizes that the baby statue he has been moving is the statue of Jesus. Mortimer then decides to drag all the statues back to their places. Before he leaves the wood stable, he makes one plea to Jesus, to bring him a house of his own..... Truly a delightful book that kids off all ages will enjoy. The illustrations are adorable and provides a different way of looking at the story of Christmas.

Illustrations: 5 Buckeye leaves
Text: 5 Buckeye leaves

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