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Christmas Mouseling Hardcover – September 15, 2005

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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 baaad 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 Engberg
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About the Author

Dori Chaconas was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 1938. The second child in a family of seven, Dori fell into the role of storyteller, nursery rhyme singer, and general entertainer for her siblings. She claims she learned about story pacing early. If the story action lagged, her fidgety audience would either scatter or start a poking war.

She has been married to Nick, her high school sweetheart, for 44 years. Everyone says the romance will last. They raised four daughters, and are now enjoying three grandsons—especially Grandpa, having been outnumbered by women all those years.

When their daughters were young, Dori wrote for them. She published three picture books and more than fifty stories in children's magazines. In the 70's, her interest turned to yarn embroidery design and she sold designs to major needlework companies and national magazines.

In 1997, Dori started writing stories again, partly to keep her grandsons from fidgeting or starting poking wars. Her stories reflect the warmth of family life. Dori gives credit to her parents for giving her a strong sense of family, and to her children and grandchildren for keeping it alive.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 and up
  • Grade Level: Preschool and up
  • Lexile Measure: 520L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Viking Juvenile (September 15, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0670059846
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670059843
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 0.4 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,215,854 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By skh on November 22, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Okay, maybe it's a bit passé to review my own book, but as the illustrator, I have to admit that I loved this story. Christmas is my favorite time of year. When I was working on the illustrations for this book I brought a little brown mouse that I named Nuss ("nut" in German) into my home. Having owned pet mice in the past I didn't really need an excuse. I find them to be charming little companions. Unfortunately Nuss is no longer with us here in the studio, but I am happy that she lives on in this charming story. I highly recommend this book as a sweet and warm way to share the true meaning of the season and settle those restless heads on Christmas eve.
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Format: Hardcover
This is my kids' favorite Christmas book (received as a gift)! It can be read in a very interactive way and brings different aged siblings together. The repetition of "The north winds blew. The snow flakes flew" is easy for kids to memorize, so every time it gets to that part, they say it all together. I make a big deal out of the "Whoosh," and then even my 14 year old joins in by blowing on my 3 year old's hair, and she giggles with delight! I can see the compassion in the little ones faces when the mouseling sneezes and coughs. The illustrations are just lovely. It has a cozy feel and is a little different, without losing the real meaning of Christmas.
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