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Merry Christmas, Mr. Mouse

Buehner, Caralyn (Author)
Buehner, Mark (Illustrator)
Penguin Random House 2015. 40 pages
First published: 2015
ISBN: 9780803740105 (hardcover)
9780399186035 (e-book)
Original language: English
Book type: Picture Book

Text Elements:

setting, structures and features

Reading Range

 
Cycle
Elementary
Secondary
 
1
2
3
1
2
ELA
K
1
2
3
4
5
6
1
2
3
4
5
ESL
1
2
3
4
5
6
1
2
3
4
5

Description:

Rhyming language conveys this sweet tale of a cozy, mouse-sized Christmas. “Just to be safe, Mr. Mouse tied a bell/to the neck of the sleeping cat,/then scurried from room to room to borrow/a little of this and that.”

Christmas traditions and beliefs are outlined, as the mice observe the human family who live above the floor. Warm colours create wonderfully detailed illustrations that show mouse-eye perspectives: the untangling of Christmas lights, the making of gingerbread and a reading of the story of Christ’s birth.

Fascinating images inside the mouse hole feature the imaginative use of pilfered objects. Birthday candles light the home. An empty spice box (chili powder) makes a cozy hearth. A pretty matchbook decorates the wall, a clothespin makes a nifty shelf, and crumbs of gingerbread and candy cane are served as Christmas treats. The final image shows the upstairs cat, listening through the floor, as the Mouse family enjoys their Christmas traditions below.

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    Discuss your Christmas or other winter holiday celebrations and traditions. Record them on a class chart.

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    Go for a picture walk and make predictions about the story. Note any traditions shown in the illustrations that are similar to those on your class list.

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    Identify the objects that Mr. and Mrs. Mouse used to create their home and decorations. With a partner, collect materials and create your own space for a mouse family. Present your creation to another group and explain your design and choice of materials.

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    Choose an illustration from the text that is special to you and write about it in your reader-writer’s notebook.

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    Discuss your Christmas or other December celebrations and traditions. Start a class list of relevant vocabulary.

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    Go for a picture walk. Discuss what you notice in the illustrations and make predictions about the story. Discuss the objects that Mr. and Mrs. Mouse used to create their home and decorations. Add words to your class list.

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    Plan and create a mouse house in a small box, using repurposed material in the same way. Share your house with a partner. Compare and contrast your choice of decorations and reused materials.

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    Write a For Sale ad to promote the house you construct. Make it sound appealing to a new Mouse family.

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    Read a version of ’Twas the Night Before Christmas and of the Nativity story. Compare and contrast the three stories.

  • To communicate appropriately
  • To use creativity
  • To use information
  • Environmental Awareness and Consumer Rights and Responsibilities
  • Visual Arts