Mortimer's First Garden
Margaret K. McElderry Books
lllustrations by Dan Andreasen

February 24, 2009
ISBN-10: 1-4169-4203-3 • ISBN-13: 978-1416942030

Suggested ages for this book:
4 - 8 years old
Grades: P - 3

 

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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Mortimer is one of my favorite characters. He is much like me, stubborn and skeptical and a little scatter brained. I write the Mortimer books to give families who share my faith a fun way to explore the very large and confusing concept of “GOD” with little ones. It is my hope that Mortimer helps children understand that God is listening, even to the smallest of us.

~ Karma

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“A fine choice for little gardeners everywhere.”
Judith Constantinides, School Library Journal for Mortimer's First Garden

“Dan Andreasen's use of color in the illustrations creates a warming effect in all of the right places, and Karma Wilson's smooth bestselling writing skills (I hope you have had the opportunity to read Bear Snores On) make this a good choice for spring.”
– The Children's Book Review for Mortimer's First Garden

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