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Mortimer's First Garden
by Karma Wilson and Dan Andreasen

Overview - Winter is just over, the sky is gray, and the ground is brown. Little Mortimer Mouse munches on sunflower seeds and longs to see something green.
Upon overhearing the story of how springtime rain and sunshine nurture little seeds to grow into great big green plants, Mortimer is skeptical but decides to plant one of his seeds, just to see if such a miracle really can happen.
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Overview
Winter is just over, the sky is gray, and the ground is brown. Little Mortimer Mouse munches on sunflower seeds and longs to see something green.
Upon overhearing the story of how springtime rain and sunshine nurture little seeds to grow into great big green plants, Mortimer is skeptical but decides to plant one of his seeds, just to see if such a miracle really can happen. Mortimer finds a perfect sport to plant the seed, and then...he waits.
And waits.
And "waits."
Impatient, Mortimer thinks nothing is ever going to happen to the little seed. But then something does happen. Something wonderful. Something divine. Something green
First introduced in the bestselling" Mortimer's Christmas Manger," Mortimer Mouse returns with gutso in this inspirational offering that celebrates the miracle of springtime.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9781416942030
  • ISBN-10: 1416942033
  • Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
  • Publish Date: February 2009
  • Page Count: 32
  • Reading Level: Ages 4-8


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Books > Juvenile Fiction > Nature & the Natural World - General
Books > Juvenile Fiction > Religious - Christian - General
Books > Juvenile Fiction > Animals - Mice, Hamsters, Guinea Pigs, etc.

 
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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page 57.
  • Review Date: 2008-11-24
  • Reviewer: Staff

The mouse introduced in Mortimer's Christmas Manger continues on his journey of faith and enlightenment. Mortimer can't imagine that seeds have any use beyond the immediate gratification of being eaten, but when he sees the human family in his house plant a garden, he decides to use his last sunflower seed to give it a whirl himself. As in many of Wilson's books, the religious message is explicit. Convinced that “the miracle” won't happen, tempted to dig up the seed and eat it, Mortimer hears the voice of God: “Wait.” “Suddenly, even though he was drenched with rain,” writes Wilson, “Mortimer felt warm and protected.” With hard work and prayer, Mortimer produces a “miracle” sunflower and a bumper crop of seeds, which in turn prompts the book's final teachable moment: “And please, God,” says a fat and contented Mortimer, “I wouldn't mind a friend to help me eat these.” Andreasen channels the style of Jane Chapman, who illustrated the previous title; the transition will go unremarked. Ages 4–8. (Feb.)

 
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