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The mouse introduced in Mortimer's Christmas Manger continues on his journey of faith and enlightenment. Mortimer can't imagine that seeds have any use beyond the immediate gratification of being eaten, but when he sees the human family in his house plant a garden, he decides to use his last sunflower seed to give it a whirl himself. As in many of Wilson's books, the religious message is explicit. Convinced that the miracle won't happen, tempted to dig up the seed and eat it, Mortimer hears the voice of God: Wait. Suddenly, even though he was drenched with rain, writes Wilson, Mortimer felt warm and protected. With hard work and prayer, Mortimer produces a miracle sunflower and a bumper crop of seeds, which in turn prompts the book's final teachable moment: And please, God, says a fat and contented Mortimer, I wouldn't mind a friend to help me eat these. Andreasen channels the style of Jane Chapman, who illustrated the previous title; the transition will go unremarked. Ages 4–8. (Feb.)
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PreSchool-Grade 2—The mouse from Mortimer's Christmas Manger (S & S, 2005) is back in a lovely story about spring and growing things. As he is staring outside at a brown landscape and wishing for green, Mortimer overhears a mother and two children talking about a "springtime miracle," discussing planting one small seed and getting back many seeds. He looks at his last precious sunflower seed and decides to plant it. Somewhat dubious about results, he waits and waits and hopes for a miracle. With a little help from God, who counsels him to be patient, Mortimer finally gets results—a tall, glorious sunflower with many seeds to gather, eat, and use for next year's garden. As he cozies down into his bed of seeds, he thanks God and prays for a friend to share his bounty with, and a smiling black spider settles down nearby. This is a beautifully fashioned picture book, with delicate pastel oil illustrations that perfectly convey the changes brought by spring. The faded tan and peach backdrops gradually transform to pale blues and greens, reflecting the warming weather. Mortimer's feelings of doubt and hope are portrayed with great appeal. A fine choice for little gardeners everywhere.—Judith Constantinides, formerly at East Baton Rouge Parish Main Library, LA
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 340L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books; First Edition edition (February 24, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416942033
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416942030
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 0.5 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #141,908 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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My life is a series of lessons and moments that see me to the next lessons and moments. Some moments are sweet, some scary, some a blur gone too fast and forever missed. I write for children because all of these steps started there, in childhood, and that sense of wonder, keen curiosity, and the ability to see things much kinder and more magical than they actually were, fades as time passes and years and experience claim your naivety. For me it is a feeling only rekindled when I am creating books, stories and poetry.

My children, family and friends are a great inspiration to me, and the support of my readers is a tremendous honor. It is always my desire to entertain children and encourage them to think about and explore their world, and the worlds beyond, embrace creativity, and love learning for the duration of their life. Knowledge comes through words, so for me literacy is the foundation of education, and it bears the fruit of intelligent and empathetic citizens of this world and humanity.

Customer Reviews

The story flows smoothly with the pictures and I enjoyed reading it to my daughter.
Charity A.
Good lessons are taught about patience, perseverance, hard work, faith, prayer, gardening, and God.
HeatherHH
This is a gentle, simple story, beautifully crafted in prose and exquisitely illustrated.
Greg Ehrbar

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Anne TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 25, 2009
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When my daughters have asked me why it rains, I have told them that God sends the rain to water the plants and grass so that they can grow. Then I have explained to them that the plants need water and sun to grow.

This sweet picture book tells the story I have told my children about how plants grow from the perspective of a little mouse named Mortimer. He plants a seed when he hears people talk about how seeds grow into big plants. He waters the seed and waits. In the course of the story, Mortimer sees how God makes plants grow with the rain and sun. And when the sunflower grows big and there are more seeds than he can count, he thanks God for the sunflower.

My girls loved this story and understood exactly what happened it it. It is very age appropriate for preschoolers. My girls are 3 and 5. We all the loved the pictures as well--this book was done by the same author and illustrator as Bear Snores On and Bear Stays Awake (two of our favorites).

My girls and I highly recommend this book!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Terri VINE VOICE on February 25, 2009
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This book is adorable and made for children ages 4-8 years old. It's about a mouse named Mortimer, and his garden. He is undecided whether to eat his sunflower seed, or plant it in the garden. He decides to plant it, and when it finally grows up, he thanks God excitedly, and keeps on thanking God throughout the book. The book ends with Mortimer sleeping on his pile of sunflower seeds totally content, and asking God for a new friend to help him eat all those seeds, as he has plenty to share. A very cute story about patience, and joy, and being thankful for the simple things in life.
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Mortimer Mouse sat on the window sill looking out at the dreary, ugly landscape of early springtime. It wasn't much to look at and he "longed to see something green." He decided to nibble on one of his sunflower seeds he'd saved for a treat when all of a sudden a mother, trailed by a boy and girl, came into the room. They were yelling something about a garden and he had no idea what they were talking about. "Do you have all your seeds?" asked the mother. Any mouse with any sense about him would be interested in seeds. He began to listen.

The mother began to tell the children all about how to grow them and said something about "a springtime miracle." Mmmmm . . . throwing good seeds into the dirt was crazy when they could eat them instead. Mortimer began to think about this garden and decided to plant his sunflower seed. He found the "perfect spot," planted and watered his seed. The next morning when he looked there was nothing. The day after that . . . nothing! Mortimer decided that a little prayer wouldn't hurt. "I will wait, God. But please make my seed grow." Do you think that God would listen to a little tiny mouse?

This was an adorable story in which the text and the whimsical artwork both seemed to contribute equally to the overall appeal of the tale of Mortimer Mouse and his wish for a miracle. This tale subtly tells the young child that they need to be patient and things don't happen overnight. This book, a packet of seeds and a few garden tools would be a perfect gift for a young child. Don't forget to buy a few sunflower seeds for Mortimer!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gail Cooke HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 7, 2009
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It happens every year at about this same time. When February turns to March I begin thinking about spring, summer and gardening. I'm always optimistic, thinking this year nothing will turn brown before it buds and a well tended peony bush will finally burst forth.

Mortimer has similar thoughts,,,,,,slight difference - Mortimer is a mouse in this charming story of patience and eventual rewards by Karma Wilson. Every time he looks outside all he sees is brown everywhere and longs for something, anything green.

One day he overhears some people talking about planting a garden, actually putting seeds in the ground. Well, "Mortimer giggled at the thought. `I don't believe a word of it! Seeds are for eating. Who would throw perfectly good food in the dirt?"

But, when he heard them say the magic word "green," believing that soon everything would be green, he changed his mind. Mortimer planted his sunflower seed. He carefully chose what he thought was the right spot, then dug and dug. He had to carry water over in an acorn cap but he watered his seed nonetheless. Gardening, he decided was very hard work but it was worth it or was it?

Dan Andreasen's illustrations are full of sunshine ( and green), perfectly capturing the colors of spring.

After this story youngsters will probably ask for a spade and seeds - enjoy!

- Gail Cooke
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gail Cooke HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 25, 2010
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It happens every year at about this same time. When February turns to March I begin thinking about spring, summer and gardening. I'm always optimistic, thinking this year nothing will turn brown before it buds and a well tended peony bush will finally burst forth.

Mortimer has similar thoughts,,,,,,slight difference - Mortimer is a mouse in this charming story of patience and eventual rewards by Karma Wilson. Every time he looks outside all he sees is brown everywhere and longs for something, anything green.

One day he overhears some people talking about planting a garden, actually putting seeds in the ground. Well, "Mortimer giggled at the thought. `I don't believe a word of it! Seeds are for eating. Who would throw perfectly good food in the dirt?"

But, when he heard them say the magic word "green," believing that soon everything would be green, he changed his mind. Mortimer planted his sunflower seed. He carefully chose what he thought was the right spot, then dug and dug. He had to carry water over in an acorn cap but he watered his seed nonetheless. Gardening, he decided was very hard work but it was worth it or was it?

Dan Andreasen's illustrations are full of sunshine ( and green), perfectly capturing the colors of spring.

After this story youngsters will probably ask for a spade and seeds - enjoy!

- Gail Cooke
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