Christmas Mouseling
Written by Dori Chaconas
Illustrated by Susan Kathleen Hartung
Viking 2005
ISBN 0-670-05984-6 • 32 pages
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The north wind blew.
The snowflakes flew.
And the mouseling sneezed,
"Ah-choo! Ah-choo!"

On a cold December night, a baby mouse is born. When the winter wind blows the tiny nest apart, Mother Mouse sets out in seaerch of a warm place for her newborn baby. Dori Chaconas's lyrical text joins with Susan Kathleen Hartung's tender illustrations to softly capture the wonder of the nativity story.

"Hartung's chilly images painted in oil glaze and a bevy of swirling snowflakes on a backdrop of blue turn to burnished hues of gold as the pair enters the welcoming stable, where the mouseling nestles
next to the infant in the manger."
– Publishers Weekly

"The rhythmically repetitive text is greatly enhanced by Hartung's blustery pictures, equally effective
at conveying the wintry night and the warm
and loving tableau in the stable."
– Horn Book

"The text has a comforting cadence and the beautiful (paintings), featuring large snowflakes on every page, have great movement. The palette of blue, white, and deep browns expertly captures the cold of winter and the warmth of the story. A solid choice for storytime or a cozy bedtime share."
– School Library Journal
Awards & Honors

• The Society of Illustrators 25th Annual ‘The Original Art’ Exhibition
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