PreS-Gr. 2. During a December storm, in a snowy forest, a little mouse is born. Then a wind blows the nest apart, and Mother Mouse takes her shivering mouseling in search of warmth. Sheep, Dove, and Cow offer their homes; they're leaving to visit a king. But after mouse nestles into each departed nest, the wind blows it down. Finally, she finds a shelter, filled with light and her animal friends, and settles into a cozy manger. The unusual, oblique view of the traditional nativity scene (Jesus, Mary, and Joseph are never named and appear only in a small silhouette) makes this a welcome addition to holiday shelves. Chaconas' text will easily draw in young listeners with its lyrical language, gentle humor ("it's a baaa
d time of year," says Sheep), and an infectious, rhyming refrain: "The north wind blew. The snowflakes flew. And the mouseling sneezed, "Ah-choo! Ah-choo!"^B Hartung's delicate, soft-toned illustrations, decorated with plate-sized, filigreed snowflakes, amplify the contrast between the blustery winter forest and the safety and warmth of the manger. Gillian EngbergCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved
About the Author
Dori Chaconas is also the author of Momma,Will You?, On a Wintry Morning,
and One Little Mouse.
She lives in Wisconsin. Susan Kathleen Hartung is also the illustrator of One Leaf Rides the Wind, Dear Juno,
and One Dark Night
. She lives in Michigan.