Saturday, December 19, 2009

Mortimer Christmas Manger

I saw this book highlighted on many blogs I read, and now I have to join the chorus. It’s beautifully illustrated, and my secular daughter found the story appealing but somewhat mystifying since we don’t have a Nativity set at home. It led to some interesting discussions about the reasons behind Christmas and why Mortimer decided to give his new house back to the statues. She also enjoyed a happy end of the story, but commented several times that Mortimer needs to go back to his own home and make it nicer.

Gingerbread Baby

Unexpectedly Gingerbread Baby was the second book that was requested very often during this week. Anna didn’t like Jan Brett books before, but they had more ambiguous endings or were a little scary for her. This one has a perfect happy end, and she enjoyed looking at beautiful illustrations. She only couldn’t understand why Matti didn’t tell her parents about Gingerbread Baby.

Ho Ho Ho

Every Sunday of December Anna was allowed to pick the book for home during our weekly visits to Barnes and Noble as part of Advent celebration. We were not thrilled with her last pick, since we are not big fans of sound books. However, she refused to put it down or negotiate for a different book, so we had to honor our commitment. We read Snappy Sounds together several times and then she was content to read it to herself and listen to annoying festive sounds on the pages.

Purrfect Pete

Anna picked this book in the library, and I didn’t realize that it’s a chapter book before we got to reading it. We read it in one sitting, but it’s rather long. It was interesting to see how hard Anna’s mind worked to understand what happens in the book. It has a surprising twist in the middle and a happy end, but after talking about it non-stop, looking at the pictures and asking many questions Anna declared the book scary and wanted it to be returned to the library at once. Still I think that it deserves a review, since I like it when the book rattles her mind somewhat and makes it work. Snappy Sounds surely doesn’t :).

Share your children favorite books by linking below! The linky remains open all week.

Happy holidays!


Katy said...

I really want to pick up a copy of Mortimer's Christmas Manger--we love Jane Chapman and Karma Wilson! LOL on the sounds book--I don't like the noisy books either.

Debbie said...

Great books.I will be participating again after the first of the year. We are truly just enjoying our break.

Infant Bibliophile said...

I know what you mean about the musical books! The only ones we have have been bought by other people as gifts. (With the exception of Dream Snow, which just has one button at the back with a jingly sort of sound). I'll have to check out the others. Thank you for sharing your reviews.

Nicole {tired, need sleep} said...

We have a Snappy Sounds book too, not the Christmas one, but one with pets in it and animal sounds - ugh. Matthew LOVES it of course. I'm simply waiting for the battery to die. :)

Mortimer's Christmas Manger looks good (it looks familiar too, but I'm not sure why)! We'll have to look for that one!

Ticia said...

I'm with you on sound books especially because as the battery wears down they just sound horrid.
Sigh, we had no books read really except the same three ones over and over. There was just too much going on with everything else.
But, I'm going to write my post for next Saturday now with the books they're getting for Christmas, or at least what I remember of what they're getting.

The girl who painted trees said...

I can't stand sound books either. That Mortimer's Christmas Manger is one I want to find next year when I am back in the States. I've seen it everywhere on blogs!

vanessa said...

These look great! We haven't read any of them yet.

Cindy said...

Gingerbread Baby was one of Drew's favs this week too. I with Anna in wondering why Matti didn't tell his parents. I thought it odd. Oh well. We will have to look for the Christmas mouse manger book.

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

We love the Gingerbread Baby!

Susana said...

You know we LOVE Mortimer's Christmas Manger too.

I used to take Hanna when she was younger and then Joe as well while Hanna was at school to Barnes and Noble each week for reading and playing with the trains.

We don't do this anymore b/c we have too many for now and we have trains at home, but this post sure brought back memories that seemed so long ago.