Thursday, February 14, 2013

Review:'Twas the Mouse Before Christmas by:Carol Dabney

About the Book:
 'Twas The Mouse Before Christmas story is bilingual in English and Spanish. The Spanish is translated by Spanish teacher Cindy Reyes and is in honor of Carol's mother who was from Cuba. The illustrations will be Carol's first all original artwork within the framework of a book. She has also added a Chocolate chip cookie recipe tested by Harold and aunt Barbara at the Funks Gallery Christmas cabin one snowy Christmas morning when Carol and Harold were visiting. She has composed a song for others to play and sing along with sheet music in the back of the book to "Christmas In Your Heart."
Did you ever wonder how the tradition of setting milk and cookies out for Santa began? Well on Christmas Eve a long time ago there was a little mouse by the name of Harold. He couldn't sleep so he made himself busy by baking cookies for Santa, all night long. When Christmas dawns and Santa finally arrives, Harold is in a deep sleep and he misses his visit with Santa. But Santa can see Harold has left him wonderful cookies, and is so inspired that he writes Harold a Christmas message declaring that cookies and milk should be a mouse before Christmas tradition from than on. And so it was. From our house to yours Merry Christmas!

About the Author:
Carol Dabney is an author, illustrator, composer and storyteller. Mother of five children and grandmother of two. She was raised in the Ozarks on a farm milking goats. She studied Italian Opera at age 16 and recorded her first single in Nashville at 17 after winning the national talent award while representing her state as "Miss Arkansas Teen" in 1976. She has been a disc jockey and music resource teacher for twenty years. She has composed and recorded music with Paradise Records in the Hawaiian Islands. Carol loves music and baking and reading to children and she really loves Christmas.

  My Review:
 We all know the beloved Christmas poem that is actually very popular during the holidays that has almost the same name. But what you didn't know is that this holiday season you can learn an new spin on an old classic. Carol Dabney has gave us a new twist on an old favorite to add to our Christmas reading list this year. This book tells the "tail" like no other. It begins to explain to us all about a mouse named Harold that was more than a little excited about the pending visit of the old man in a red suit. So we go along with Harold on this exciting trip to usher in Christmas morning.

 The author not only illustrated this cute, little holiday book about Harold the mouse but her sister added the Spanish influence by putting the Spanish translation right along side the English version. So we now not only have a precious children's book to add to our favorite holiday collection but it is also bilingual. The author also included a few songs and recipes to celebrate the season in the right way. I really enjoyed the book and I'm looking forward to more books from Carol Dabney in the future.

This book is not yet available but should be available early Fall 2013.

**Disclosure** This book was given to me by the author for an honest review.

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