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5.0 out of 5 stars The most heartwarming story ever!, 8 Dec. 2008
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C. M. Collier "myopia1" (Liverpool,england) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Christmas Mouse (Paperback)
This book is the written equivalent of the film It's A Wonderful Life; that is,guaranteed to bring a tear to your eye and make you go "Aaah!"
It's about an old lady,Amelia Berry,her widowed daughter Mary and her two little girls,Jane and Frances,who all live together in a cottage near to Caxley (Miss Read readers will know where that is). They don't have much money,but there is so much warmth and love in that little cottage that no-one ever misses the luxuries that others may have. the girls are given "A doll each,beautifully dressed in handsewn clothes, a game of Ludo for Frances and Snakes & Ladders for Jane,and a jigsaw puzzle apiece"
A mouse in her bedroom scares old Mrs Berry so much that she decides to spend Christmas Eve downstairs by the fire, then,hearing a noise,she comes across a small boy who has run away from home,seeking food and shelter in the kitchen. Mrs Berry realises that there is not much difference between this little fugitive and the frightened mouse upstairs,and the kind and wise way she deals with both of them will bring a tear to your eye. This is such a simple and lovely tale,dealing with the real meaning of Christmas, "Peace and Goodwill to All!"
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Wonderful, Cosy Christmastime Story, 4 July 2014
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Annie W "bookworm" (Aberdeenshire, Scotland) - See all my reviews
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This story was published in the early 70's, but might have been written a little earlier by its tone, and younger people may well find the conditions in which this family live are unreal to them - though still all too real to others who had similar experiences of growing up at the time. A twice-weekly bus service; no telephone or television; the need for self-sufficiency. This is a household of three generations; widowed gran, tragically-widowed mum, and two young daughters thrilled with the coming of Christmas - and, for one, the doubt of Santa's existence. The story is one of cosy warmth, family love, and the joys of being together, at the same time as there are hints of the battle the two women have against poverty and the discomforts of a home needing simple repairs beyond their abilities and their pockets. From start to finish, it is the quiet courage, common-sense, and moral upbringing of the grandmother which keep all on an even keel for the family (and their unexpected visitors, too). There's no preaching, just a sense of strength and stoicism to weather whatever trials may be to come, as well as a wonderful feeling of joy and love within the family, so that the young girls are secure and totally unaware of the adults' struggles.

This is a book to be read especially in the depths of winter, or when snuggled in bed, listening to nasty weather outside. All the characters (including both 'mice') are well-drawn and believable, and I have every sympathy with Mrs Berry, who is 'heartily sick of the modern theories that condoned wrongdoing on the grounds that the wrongdoers were to be pitied and not blamed'. The 'good talking to' which she gives her second 'Christmas Mouse' is well-deserved, and, hopefully, effective. Miss Read's skills are to be able to hide all the moral lessons in the story within an enchanting tale of Christmas in a small house in the country, the excitement, joy, and squabbles of the little girls, the hinted potential for the young mother, and the warmth and practical common sense of the grandmother.

This edition has been slightly altered for an American readership, with 'bangs' for 'fringes' and 'sneakers' for 'plimsolls' - although I'm not sure many is this country will recognise the latter term either! There are only a couple of typos, and these are more than offset by the wonderful illustrations. It's also set in the early days of decimalisation, when the country hadn't quite decided what to call the money, so that the children are each given a 'silver five-penny piece' by their grandmother, but a friend of their mother's gives them each 'a shilling'. Buy the book, regardless; you really can't go wrong.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Magical Story, 17 July 2012
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Such a magical story and full of wisdom from a bygone era, unfortunately. Many could learn a lot of lessons from this book, especially the chapter where Mrs. Berry fathoms out in her mind, how to teach the boy who broke in to steal her cake a lesson; using the basic principals of Christian values but knowing she needs to be firm to prevent the boy from becoming a lifetime thief. Miss Read wrote this book full of good wisdom. That chapter is surrounded by a cosy story one would typically enjoy on a Christmas Eve around the fireside but I enjoyed it in July. Whole-heartedly recommended. You won't want to put this book down until you finish it!
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4.0 out of 5 stars I bought this because I like the story and wanted something gentle to read at ..., 20 Dec. 2014
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I bought this because I like the story and wanted something gentle to read at this time. Miss Read has the gift of storytelling without the need to resort to bad language, violence or sexual references. Few modern authors seem to posses this. One usually has to turn to Jane Austen, Anthony Trollope, Elizabeth Gaskell and others of an earlier age for the same kind of engaging narrative. As always with e-books there are the odd errors but not enough to detract from an enjoyable read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 7 July 2014
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Christmas Mouse, 30 April 2014
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A lovely book to read. Miss Read writes stories that are heart warming, amusing and touching. I book I would recommend to anyone.
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4.0 out of 5 stars a lovely read, 10 Mar. 2014
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Lovely book just the thing to snuggle in bed with at night and what a bargain price for your kindle
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5.0 out of 5 stars A lovely short story, 6 Feb. 2014
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I loved this book It has a lovely story that holds your attention and imagination of hard and also happy times of village life a 've good read
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5.0 out of 5 stars i have read this book about 6 times i love it iv read most of her books, 9 Aug. 2014
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i have read this book about 6 times i love it iv read most of her books ,they always make me smile.and they are so easy to read.i just hate it when i come to the end.its a great read for all ages .
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5.0 out of 5 stars Miss Read books, 26 Dec. 2014
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Wonderful! A lovely story wIth memories of my childhood in the 50s. A time when the simpler things in life were so important. Family, good food etc 😂
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