One of my favourite Christmas books...
"Mortimer's Christmas Manger"
Karma Wilson author
Jane Chapman illustrator
Jane Chapman illustrator
* Grade Level: PS-3
* Hardcover: 40 pages
* Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books, Reprint edition
* Pub. Date: Oct. 2, 2007
* Language: English
Mortimer's a little mouse,
He longs so much for his own house.
He now resides inside a hole
That's dark and damp
Without a soul.
Each day he looks for crumbs and bits
And spots a little house that fits.
The house is high
He starts to climb
He reaches it in record time.
But what he finds there
Little people are within.
Animals and a baby sleeps ....
No one talks, no not a peep.
The tiny baby's little bed
Is just his size and he is lead
To tug and pull
The statues out
Crawl in the bed
And without a doubt...
Mortimer has found a home!
The next few days
He starts to roam
Finds cookie crumbs and lots of snacks
But strangely finds the statues back.
He drags and shoves them, clears the house
Quite a task for a little mouse.
Then one night he hears a story
Of a little babe that came from Glory
He came to save the world from sin
But there was not a room for him.
Baby Jesus was his name
And suddenly Mortimer felt shamed.
He knew whose bed was overtaken,
He knew the baby felt forsaken,
He made his mind up then and there
To give up his dream and not despair.
Mortimer prayed and as he fled
Asked for a house and a comfy bed.
Then Mortimer spied an amazing house
One just perfect for a little mouse.
No statues or animals lived within,
All candy and sweet...made just for him.
He climbed up to it nice and steady....
And smiled because it was move-in ready!
Meet the Author
Karma Wilson is the bestselling author of several picture books for Simon & Schuster, including the Bear Books 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.
Introducing the Illustrator
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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