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The magic of Christmas
Leeson, Christine, 1965-
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First U.S. edition.
Publication Information:
Wilton, CT : Tiger Tales, 2000.
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 29 cm
Molly Mouse wants a glittering, sparkling Christmas tree like the one she saw in a window, so she borrows something pretty from each of the animals to put on a tree in the forest, but her tree does not look right, until something magical happens.
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Accelerated Reader AR LG 3.5 0.5 52408.
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It's Molly Mouse's first Christmas. Looking through the window of a house, she sees something she's never seen before, glittering and sparkling. It's a Christmas tree, covered with lights and stars Molly thinks it is the loveliest sight she has ever seen. She decides to find a Christmas tree for herself. But the tree she finds doesn't sparkle and shine like the one Molly saw through the window. Then, in the middle of the night, something magical happens . . .Foil highlights enhance the warm illustrations, adding to the magic. This book is sure to become a holiday favorite.

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Ages 4-8. When Molly Mouse peeks into a farmhouse and sees a Christmas tree for the first time, she longs for one of her own. "Why don't you go into the woods and find one?" her mother suggests. Off Molly and her siblings go to collect ornaments for their own tree. They find objects that will work well for decoration (a doll, cat's collar, ribbon, and shiny crab apples), but each object belongs to an animal that usually chases mice (a bird, cat, and so on). Luckily, the Christmas spirit helps everyone put aside their differences, and the tale ends with a lovely, collaborative effort among the forest creatures. The engaging language; cumulative, gentle suspense; and dynamic watercolor-and-pencil drawings will make the story a good holiday read-aloud, and the peaceful nighttime ending suggests a cozy bedtime read. --Gillian Engberg

Publisher's Weekly Review

Molly Mouse wants a tree, and with her mother's encouragement she and her siblings forage for decorations. Each ornament they find a snippet of ribbon, a crab apple and so on belongs to a predator, but because it's Christmas, there's a bit of a truce in the air. In a climactic finale, all the animals gather peacefully beneath a glittering tree (literally, thanks to silver foil overlay stardust). Sweet but not treacly, this agreeable tale from a British team is graced with soft, expressive watercolors. Ages 3-7. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 2-An expansive picture book whose engaging animal characters live at ground level in a verdant forest. Molly Mouse is enthralled when she spies a Christmas tree shining and glittering inside a house. Wanting one like it, she enlists the help of her siblings and they go off to the woods. They encounter natural enemies-a dog, a fox, a magpie, a cat-who, because it's Christmas, are kind to them and acquire some objects that would make nice ornaments. The mice eventually find an evergreen and adorn it with their found items, but with disappointing results. The tree is "magically" transformed, however, when the forest creatures add decorations and a frost makes everything glitter (foil snowflakes and stars). "And because it was Christmas, all the animals from the woods sat quietly around the tree, at peace with each other." The unforced childlike appeal of the plot and pictures carries the story winningly.-S. P. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.