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Author: Lucy Cousins

Illustrator: Lucy Collins

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Publisher: Candlewick Press,

Material: hard cover

Summary: Maisy the Mouse invites all her friends to her house for Christmas. It's snowing, and everyone but Eddie (the elephant) makes the trip safely. Maisy and her friends make all the preparations, but ultimately have to search to find Eddie so they can have a The true spirit of Christmas--sharing the joy together--is the foundation of this book.

Type of Reading: bedtime story, playtime reading, read aloud book, learning to read, easy reader

Recommended Age: read together: 0 to 4; read yourself: 6 to 8

Interest Level: 1 to 6

Reading Level: 1.4

Age of Child: Started reading with child at 2 years old.

Young Reader Reaction: It took a couple readings, but now s/he regularly asks "where's Eddie?" and wants to help find him.

Adult Reader Reaction: What a sweet story! It's engaging and meaningful, without over-playing the holiday (there is no mention of presents). I loved that even after all the preparation was done, they needed to have Eddie to truly celebrate the day.

Pros: The story moves quickly and the illustrations are simple and colorful.

Cons: None.

Borrow or Buy: Borrow this one. It's a great story, but probably won't last but a season or two. Keep it in mind as a gift.


Educational Themes: There's plenty to share in teaching the importance of helping others, sharing and friendship.

Literary Categories: Fiction - animal characters, Christmas, picture book series, friendship

Date(s) Reviewed: November 2003

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