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Mortimer's Christmas Manger Hardcover – October 2, 2007

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About the Author

Karma Wilson is the bestselling author of several picture books for Simon & Schuster, including the Bear series and Where Is Home, Little Pip? Karma lives in Montana.

Jane Chapman is the illustrator of over one hundred books for children, including Dilly Duckling by Claire Freedman and I Love My Mama by Peter Kavanagh, as well as Karma Wilson’s Bear Snores On, Bear Wants More, Bear Stays Up for Christmas, and Mortimer’s Christmas Manger. She lives with her family in Dorset, England. Visit Jane at ChapmanandWarnes.com.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 2 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books; Reprint edition (October 2, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416950494
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416950493
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.4 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (184 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #221,454 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By J. Henline on November 16, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I bought this book for my 18 month old daugther in Dec. 2005. I was so excited when I saw the description for Mortimer's Christmas Manager because it talked about Christmas trees and twinkling lights AND the true meaning of Christmas - the birth of Jesus Christ. So many Christmas books were either completely secular or completely religious. Don't get me wrong - there is nothing wrong with completely religious (one of my daughter's favorite books is her toddler bible) but since she was so young - I wanted a story that would help her associate the overwhelming icons of Christmas (Trees, lights, Santa, etc.) with Jesus. This book did just that. It is a great story with beautiful meaning that we both love!
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Very cute Christmas Book about a little mouse who moves into a manger, moving everyone else out. Later, as he hears the family tell the Chrismas Story he realizes that the babe in the comfy manger is Jesus and moves them all back in. He gets his own reward for his kindness in the end.
It's a very cute book. The characters, drawn by the same illustrator as the "Bear Snores On" books are sweet and the story itself has a good message. My two girls love "Mortimer" and we read it almost non-stop after we received it. Being Christian, I especially appreciated that the author was willing to use the name Jesus and to keep it tied to the true meaning of the season.
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I bought this book for my 5 and 2 year old. They loved it, almost as much as I did. The pictures are wonderful, the concept simple and beautiful. It was a nice way to retell one of the basic values of Christmas - making room for Jesus, and how He always has room for us. This will be a Christmas tradition to read each year together.
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Mortimer is a mouse, living in a dark hole under the stairs. In his opinion, his hole is "too cold, too cramped, too creepy." One night, as he's sneaking around the big house looking for crumbs that the human family may have left behind, Mortimer finds what he thinks will be a perfect new home for him -- the stable in a Nativity scene. The excited mouse struggles to drag all the Nativity figures out of this stable, and he nestles himself down in the manger. The next day, as he's out prowling for crumbs, he comes back to find that someone has put the figures back into the stable! Annoyed, he drags them out again, and so it goes for several days, until one evening, Mortimer overhears the human father reading the Christmas story to his children, about how there was no room for them in the inn. The little Mouse realizes that the statue he has been dragging out of the manger each day is a statue of baby Jesus. Touched by the story, Mortimer decides that he wants to make room for the baby Jesus, and carefully puts all the figures back in their places. And in the end, Mortimer own prayer is granted. He finds a home that is just right for him!
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I've started a Christmas picture book collection for my son, and I purchased Mortimer's Christmas Manger along with Bear Stays Up For Christmas to add this year. This is such a cute story - Mortimer dislikes his cold, lonely mouse hole and when he finds the manger scene he thinks it is the perfect replacement. Such a great way to talk about the Nativity. The writing is a little more lengthy than the Bear books, but still just as good. I haven't found a Karma Wilson book yet that we don't love!
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If you and your children loved all of the Bear books you will love this one too. The book is beautifully illustrated and Mortimer the mouse presents a very sweet and age appropriate telling of the Christmas story.
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I stumbled on this book @ the bookstore fall 2005, & came home & ordered several copies for us & as gifts for others. The illustrations are precious & very colorful. The angle of the story being told, & some illustrations being from the point of view of a mouse is clever & engaging. For Christians, it is especially poignant when the mouse discovers that the figures he has been hauling out of what looked to him like a great new house (nativity stable), actually represent those present @ the birth of Jesus Christ, Savior of the world. It is an excellent short & appealing story for children, w/ a focus on the real reason for Christmas.
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Oh my gosh, this book is so cute! It's all about a little mouse who is tired of being in a cramped, cold, and creepy hole for his home. He finds the manger scene set up in the family's living room, and promptly proceeds in throwing out the characters from the nativity, to make the manger his new bed. However, each time when he comes back, the characters are all set up again. He finally spies one of the humans setting them back up, and hears them reading the Christmas story, and realizes that he cannot use the little bed because it belongs to baby Jesus. So he utters a little prayer to Jesus, as he's climbing back down from the manger scene, and asks Him to provide a different house for him. Just then, he spies......a gingerbread house, and moves right in! This book is really sweet, and the illustrations are adorable! Your kids will love this one, and it helps to bring the focus back to Jesus, who is the real reason for this season...
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