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Two Christmas Mice Hardcover – September 1, 2005

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PreS-Gr. 2. On Christmas Eve, two mice prepare for the holiday in their separate burrows. Annamouse puts up her tree, but she has no decorations. Willamouse makes a paper chain, but she doesn't have a tree to put it on. The two mice start to leave their homes to collect the missing Christmas items, but a deep snow keeps them indoors. Each settles into a homey, solitary evening, until Willamouse overhears Annamouse's lovely violin music (composed by Mouzart), digs through her dirt wall in search of the sound, and meets her neighbor for the first time. After combining tree and decorations in their new double parlors, the joyful mice spend a cozy Christmas together. The richly descriptive language adds just the right amount of suspense as Willamouse searches for the mysterious music's source, and Roth's pencil-and-paint illustrations create delightfully expressive mouse characters and communicate the sense of warmth in detailed scenes of cushioned, snug interiors, complete with roaring fires and delectable treats. A charming tale about the season's comforts and the joy of finding a new friend. Gillian Engberg
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A charming tale about the season's comforts and the joy of finding a new friend. -- Booklist, October 15, 2005

The homey appointments of this mouse-centric world and the text's clever coincidences will make readers smile. -- Publishers Weekly, September 26, 2005
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 and up
  • Grade Level: Preschool and up
  • Lexile Measure: 590L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Holiday House; First Edition edition (September 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0823417859
  • ISBN-13: 978-0823417858
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 10.2 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,183,466 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Corinne Demas is the author of two collections of short stories, three novels, a memoir, a collection of poetry, two plays, and numerous books for children. She is Professor of English at Mount Holyoke College and a fiction editor of the Massachusetts Review. Before the year 2000, she published her books under the name Corinne Demas Bliss.

Corinne grew up in New York City, in Stuyvesant Town, the subject of her memoir, "Eleven Stories High: Growing Up in Stuyvesant Town 1948-1968". She attended Hunter College High School, graduated from Tufts University, and completed a Ph.D. in English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University. She lived in Pittsburgh for a number of years, teaching at the University of Pittsburgh and at Chatham College.

She lives with her family in Western Massachusetts and spends the summer on Cape Cod. You will find more information at her website: www.corinnedemas.com

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca Brinn on November 7, 2005
Format: Hardcover
My daughter and I came across The Christmas Mice at the bookstore and were attracted by its merry cover. We sat right down and read it together and immediately bought a copy for her and three for my daughters's best friends. We loved how these two snowbound mice find ways to entertain themselves and we were charmed with the way they find each other and become friends. The story is full of imagination and smiles -- a delight.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on November 15, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Every year my family goes to the bookstore and selects a book to add to our Christmas Book collection. This year we all agreed that Two Christmas Mice was the one. We loved the illustrations! My little brother doesn't read yet, but he is really good at telling the story using the pictures. I think your family will enjoy this book as much as mine does!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on November 15, 2005
Format: Hardcover
This is a really cool Christmas book. I love how the pictures make the story come to life. Everyone should read this book about friendship and sharing the Christmas spirit!
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Possibly from first hand knowledge living in New England, Corinne writes of two charming snow-bound field mice and how they entertain themselves in getting ready for Christmas. Both are alone and unable to get out for things they need to complete their holiday celebrations but with spunk and ingenuity, they do the best they can. Little do they know that they are only a short dig away from a new friendship.

Annamouse and Willamouse are written with warmth and reality so readers will feel like they are in their little dens with them experiencing Christmas Eve. The description of how they would normally go out and sing carols to the rabbits, who Annamouse tells us "can't sing at all", and to the squirrels who "can never remember the words" according to Willamouse, creates a world that children will feel right at home in. With her lovingly descriptive language, Corinne Demas writes a clever, humorous tale of a coincidence that brings two mice together for what one can tell will be a long and happy friendship.

I adored this book and look forward to a soon-to-be-here first grandchild that I can share it with. In a "Behind the Scenes" look at the making of this book on Corinne Demas's current website, the idea and first version if this book is explained lovingly and thus allows us to understand even more why this is a beautiful book for children of all ages. Adults can't help but smile at the reference to the favorite composer of the mice, "Mouzart" or the attention to detail of things like a tray of sushi on the dining table.

Corinne writes, "I wrote an early version of Two Christmas Mice in 1991 as a Christmas present for my goddaughter, Hadley. I typed out the text, and my six-year-old daughter and I worked on the illustrations together, using colored markers.
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By Anne Quirk on January 5, 2011
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This delightful story appeals to youngsters and adults. We used it on Yuletide to encourage interest on tours of a historical home. I read it to a 5 year old prior to the visit and he looked for the charming mice in each room with squealing delight!
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