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The Manger Mouse Hardcover – August 5, 2013
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About the Author
Sarah Martin Byrd is a graduate of the Institute of Children's Literature. She is a published novelist (Guardian Spirit; The Color of My Heart), newspaper columnist, blogger, and former advertising manager for a regional newspaper. Sarah loves sharing her life story with children of all ages. She speaks at schools, book clubs, libraries, and book festivals. Sarah lives in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in North Carolina with her husband of 37 years. Her only daughter and grandchild live close by. When not creating new stories, she loves reading, camping, canoeing, fishing, exploring the world, taking daily walks, and spending time with her family.
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I liked how the baby mouse did the job that God created him to do. It was a good example to my children of how God uses different people for different purposes, but they are all needed. This little mouse was to keep Jesus warm in the manger. No one else could do that job because they couldn't fit through the hole. How beautiful it is to be reminded that even the smallest tasks are important to Jesus.
My 4-year-old and 6-year-old really liked this book. The pictures held their attention and the story was engaging. I would definitely recommend this as a Christmas book!
I received this book free from Ambassador International in exchange for my honest opinion of this book.
Matty gets tired of climbing up and down, up and down, but he continues to labor long into the night. Soon the Babe arrives and is laid in the manger prepared for him. But Matty learns that carrying straw was not his only job.
In the end, the tiny mouse learns that even the small and seemingly insignificant can play important roles in God’s kingdom.
Written by: Sarah Martin Byrd
Illustrated by: Debbie Wall
I enjoy every opportunity that I get to read and review children’s books of all kinds, so I was excited to receive a copy of The Manger Mouse.
This book tells the story of Jesus’ birth through the eyes of mice.
Aren’t my favorite. They are a little dull.
How strong is the book?
This is a relatively sturdy hardcover book.
Who the book is for:
This would be a great read-aloud book for all ages.
What I liked:
The story is cute and unique from other versions of stories already out there that are based on the Christmas story.
Has a good tone for reading aloud.
What I didn’t like:
The book may be too long to hold some children’s attention.
I didn’t care for the illustrations too much.
Overall, this is a cute book.
I give The Manger Mouse 4 out of 5 stars.
I received this book free to review from Ambassador International. The opinions expressed in this review are my true thoughts and feeling regarding this book. I am disclosing this information in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.
The illustrations are done with beautiful pastels and are big and bold, good for little ones listening along with the story but not able to read yet.
In addition to the basic story of Jesus’ birth, there are so many lessons that can be drawn from this short story about the importance of our gifts, no matter how “small”, how God uses the unlikely to accomplish the important, and having courage in the face of uncertainty.
The Manger Mouse by Sarah Martin Byrd tells the story of a young stable mouse whose job it is to prepare the manger for the Baby Jesus on that first Christmas so long ago. The story teaches children not only about the birth of Christ but also about being “called” to serve our Lord and Savior.
Beautifully illustrated with pastels by Debbie Wall, this is a pleasant tale of a special little mouse and his encounter with the King of Kings
I received a copy of The Manger Mouse from Ambassador International, but I was not otherwise compensated for this review. All writing, thoughts, and opinions are solely mine.