"T'was the night before Christmas, and all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse..." So begins the story by Clemente C. Moore, that we all remember as 'The Night Before Christmas'.
Well, at last we find out why the mouse wasn't stirring - he wasn't home! STOWAWAY, by Elizabeth Smith, tells all about the little mouse that rode with Santa Claus, accidentally on purpose!
Hardworking mouse has always been too busy looking after his family to take a breather, and tonight he is feeling like he missed the boat. But while he dozes in his rocking chair, he hears Santa about to depart on his annual trip around the world. It's now or never for the little old mouse, who scrambles into a sack of toys and goes along on a whirlwind tour with the whiskered man in the red suit.
Written in rhyme in the same rhythm as Moore's poem, STOWAWAY is a children's picture book, with full-page illustrations in beautiful colors. Easy-to-read, third-grade words, the story is even more fun when read aloud by an expressive adult.
Best of all, it's just in time for Christmas!