8 Little Arrows in my Quiver

Reflections and Ramblings of a Happily Harried Mom of Many

Mortimer’s Christmas Manger November 29, 2010

Filed under: Advent and Christmas — 8littlearrows @ 9:00 pm

Mortimer's Christmas Manger by Karma Wilson and Jane Chapman


My children received this adorable book a couple of Christmases ago.  Reading it to them before bed tonight reminded me of just how great a story it is.  It’s the story of a little mouse named Mortimer who is looking for a house that is not dark, cold, and creepy like his current home under the stairs.  One day, in his forays out into the living room, he happens upon a wooden manger that is just his size.  But before he can move in, the little people in there must be lugged and tugged out.  However, after all that hard work, he finds them all moved back in each night.  Mortimer gets pretty upset about it, until one night he overhears a very special story, and realizes suddenly just whom he has been ousting from the little house each day.  The story has a delightful ending and wonderful, bright illustrations, and teaches a beautiful lesson without it seeming like a lesson (the best kind of teaching, I think!).   My children ask for it to be read over and over.  It would make a great Christmas gift for an elementary age child.


One Response to “Mortimer’s Christmas Manger”

  1. Colleen, I too am a Catholic mom and writer, primarily of books on angels and miracles. (And much younger than you—we do survive.) I am wondering if you ever review books. My current one published by Guideposts is perfect for your readership. It’s titled MOMS GO WHERE ANGELS FEAR TO TREAD, and is hopefully humorous, a different genre than the angel books.

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