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Morris' Disappearing Bag Paperback – September 24, 2001
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About the Author
Rosemary Wells is the creator of many unforgettable children's book characters, including Max and Ruby, McDuff, and Yoko, each of whom stars in their own book series. She is also the author of perennial favorites about universal childhood experiences, such as Noisy Nora and Read To Your Bunny. Rosemary Wells lives in upstate New York.
Top Customer Reviews
If that tugs at your heartstrings, meet Morris. He's the dearest little bunny you ever saw, and SO sad on Christmas morning. He loves his new bear but he's too little to play with Rose's beauty kit, Victor's hockey stick, and Betty's chemistry set. While they are having fun, Morris crawls under the tree and finds ONE FORGOTTEN PRESENT, a bag. He pulls himself into the bag and -- DISAPPEARS!
Oho! Now the other bunnies are singing a different song. They all want to share their presents with Morris while they try out his disappearing bag. Who can blame them? Wouldn't we all like a disappearing bag from time to time? Such a fine present. Morris generously gives turns with his bag and has a go with the other presents. He's got the most coveted Christmas gift of all, but all he wants is a little consideration, to be part of the crowd, to be included.
Rosemary Wells writes a terrific story and her illustrations are sheer delight. Little droopy bunny ears, puffy cotton tails sticking out of the bag, hilarious bunny play with the chemicals, the makeup, the hockey kit -- and precious little Morris with all his feelings worn on his sleeve.
I've had this book since my sons were little, and given it to a number of children. I always buy a new copy for myself, just in case I need it. My favorite!
Linda Bulger, 2008
The story is so timeless that it is not just for Christmas. The real theme is how Morris, the littlest child, somewhat excluded by his older siblings tho not in a mean way, gets to have the best present of all and be included by his siblings. That makes it sound heavy and it isn't at all.
And by the way, as the author also does the Max and Ruby books, I explained the resemblance by saying Morris was Max's cousin.
One other thing that I find particularly great about this story is that one of Morris's sisters (Betty) gets a chemistry set for Christmas. I LOVE that there is such a good reinforcement of girls interest in science for my daughters, especially as a 'counterbalance' to his other sister getting a beauty kit (which maybe is a more stereotypical present). As a chemist, I am glad for any positive portrayal of chemistry for children. As a father of two young girls, I'm glad that they are exposed (in addition to their immediate family) to other girls interested in science!
A cute story, beautiful pictures, multiple levels of positive messages, and easy for a young reader. This book has it all, and has aged well since it's first printing. Definitely pick it up if you don't own it!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
DS wants this one read to him every night. The story, while brief, holds up well to being read over and over. Cute illustrations.Published 9 days ago by Jacob Dibiase
Morris's Disappearing Bag was a favorite story for my children. Now my grandchildren are able to enjoy it. I'm glad it's still in print.Published 13 months ago by Valerie Bonham Moon
This is one of my children's favorite books. My oldest made me read it to him about 30 times after he heard it the first time.Published 16 months ago by J. Saab
A wonderful, classic children's story....part realism and part fantasy. A family favorite at our house!Published 17 months ago by C. L. Baron
Wonderful. My nickname is Betty and I had a brother named Morris. That is why I bought it for my grandson. I love it.Published 17 months ago by Mary McPherson