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.