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‘We need the literature of other countries to expand our
horizons and stimulate our ideas. Without it, we are not only
diminished, we are starved’
(The Times, Magnus Linklater 29/06/05)
Little Mouse's Christmas
by Riikka Jantti
Age Range: Under_5
Little Mouse is very impatient for Christmas. It’s only November but he keeps on asking Mamma Mouse if Christmas has arrived yet. There seems like such a long time to wait. Mamma Mouse buys him an advent calendar explaining to Little Mouse that he must wait until December and only open one door every day, but in his eagerness Little Mouse opens the door for the 25th before he is supposed to! There are lots of preparations Little Mouse can help with such as making Gingerbread and helping Mamma Mouse choose the right Christmas tree. Finally Mamma Mouse announces it is Christmas. Grandpa and Grandma Mouse arrive to celebrate the festivities and of course, Little Mouse gets lots of presents.
This beautiful Scandinavian Christmas story by Finnish author and illustrator Riikka Jäntti, translated by Lola Rogen, about the delightfully curious Little Mouse is full of exquisite detail. The rich artwork in pen and ink, watercolour and gouache are sumptuous and full of expression from Mamma Mouse explaining how an advent calendar works, choosing a Christmas tree or the obvious delight of Little Mouse in the giving and receiving of presents.
Another gem in this charming ‘Little Mouse’ series.