From the creators of the New York Times bestseller Snowmen at Night comes a lively story about discovering the joy and meaning of Christmas
When Mr. Mouse and his family move into the warm spot beneath the kitchen stove in a big house, they discover something new and wonderful: an evergreen tree decorated with lights, ginger and peppermint smells in the air, and cookies baking in the oven. They hear about a child born long ago, and a jolly man named Santa who brings gifts to celebrate Jesus’s birth on a day called Christmas. And so Mr. and Mrs. Mouse decide that their family should celebrate Christmas too.
With delightful rhyming verse, detailed illustrations (with hidden pictures to search for!), and a childlike sense of wonder, the story of the Mouse family’s first Christmas is sure to become a holiday tradition.
The husband-and-wife creators of the Snowmen series touch on both the religious and secular sides of Christmas as a family of mice learns about the holiday festivities unfolding in the human house in which they live. After Mr. Mouse leaves his family's nook to explore, he "stared in puzzled delight/ as an evergreen tree was brought inside/ and covered with twinkling lights." Having overheard the Nativity story, as well as details about Santa's visit, Mr. Mouse tells his family what he has discovered: "All that fussing upstairs is for Christmas,/ and Christmas means joy, and love." Caralyn Buehner's verse can be less than precise in its cadence and meter, though Mark Buehner's paintings are full of fun visual details. Readers are invited to locate a hidden rabbit, cat, and dinosaur in each illustration a surprisingly challenging task that will likely have frustrated readers looking to the answer key. Ages 3 5.