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Christmas in Mouseville and best friends share the reward!!
Reviewed in the United States on March 22, 2020
We bought this book to be part of our Reading Collection for our two boys (6-years old and 3-years old) and it has become a "grab that one too" favorite for our 3-year old at bedtime as the negotiations for "1 book, no 5 books" winds down the the acceptable 2 or 3. It also falls into the "please! read it again!" category as well. The only reason this book doesn't get my "5-Stars" is because Mouse Vill cut the tree down!! Yikes! My parents had allowed my "kid-request" of "let's get a potted tree and plant it in the back yard" one year and we followed that routine for a few years so I guess I got too spoiled to be able to enjoy this part of the story. It could have been a brilliant story has the villagers moved the tree to the town square and replanted it for "next year too" , But, Oh-Well. Mama and Papa sometimes edit stories in the telling so we do have our chances to remind about conservation and such. Plus we live in a neighborhood that celebrates Chinese New Year with little orange trees in pots kept in the house for a week or two and then recycled - unfortunately, no back yards in the big city for replanting though.... But maybe those trees do get planted again some place - not sure, but we can always hope. Our family just really wishes that Mouse Vill will wake up and make a change the next time they find that Biggest Christmas Tree Ever. since the one in this story is kindling by now.