Maggie Smith Christmas with the Mousekins

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Christmas with the Mousekins

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Join the Mousekin family as they prepare for Christmas! Filled with crafts and recipes, poems and stories, this is a Christmas book to share with the whole family, year after year.

All the highlights of a great December are here. The Mousekins pick out and decorate a tree. Make paper snowflakes with Nana Mousekin. Bake cookies for friends and neighbors. Write letters to Santa Mouse. Welcome carolers. Sled and skate and make a snowmouse. Share family stories of Christmases past. And find secret corners of the house to work on surprise presents for each other.

You can celebrate along with the Mousekins—this book includes recipes for cookies, instructions for paper and felt crafts, and stories and poems to share with your family.

Maggie Smith perfectly captures the happy whirl that is Christmas—when the house smells of cinnamon and ginger and you’re putting the finishing touches on homemade gifts, and the excitement of secrets soon to be revealed is buzzing in the air. Open these pages and step into the warmth of family, the spirit of sharing, and a season full of love.

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About the Author:

Maggie Smith has loved mice and especially books about mice since she was very young. She has also been a crafter and a stuffed-toy designer since childhood. One of her first jobs was sewing puppets for Jim Henson. She now devotes most of her time to creating picture books for young readers and was thrilled to be able to include all of her loves in this book.

Some of Maggie Smith’s acclaimed books include One Naked Baby; Paisley; Dear Daisy, Get Well Soon; and Desser the Best Ever Cat. She lives in Seattle. To read more about Maggie’s books, you can visit www.maggiebooks.com, and to see some of her stuffed creations, you can visit www.maggierama.etsy.com.

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The story, in which a mouse family begins to prepare for Christmas two weeks before the holiday, is almost beside the point in this cheerfully illustrated, enjoyable package of celebratory ideas. Projects range in complexity from simple ones—such as making paper snowflakes—to complex activities, including actual baking. Adult assistance will be needed for most, especially those that involve the oven; the requisite admonishment to “Be sure to have an adult help you in the kitchen” is present. The cheerful text and busy, colorful illustrations combine for a charmingly old-fashioned overall tone. The mouse father is “Papa”; the snowy village has gingerbready houses and a general store. The folkloric design features red borders decorated with white swirls, hearts, and snowflakes on activity pages; gift-ribbon wrapping around a series of vignettes on one spread; and so forth. Even if the illustrated finished projects look much more perfect than a real kid’s ever would, the Mousekins’ merrymaking is contagious, and the activities look like fun. Grades K-3. --Diane Foote

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