Mortimer's first garden

Karma Wilson

Book - 2009

Little Mortimer Mouse, longing to see something green at winter's end, follows the lead of the big people and plants, waters, and weeds his last sunflower seed until, finally, with God's help and a lot of patience, he harvests his crop.

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Picture books
New York : Margaret K. McElderry Books/Simon & Schuster 2009.
1st ed
Physical Description
unpaged : ill. ; 26 cm
Main Author
Karma Wilson (-)
Other Authors
Dan Andreasen (illustrator)
Review by Booklist Reviews

In early spring, Mortimer the mouse watches children planting seeds in their garden and decides that he won t eat his sunflower seed after all. Instead he plants it, prays that it will grow, and, in answer, hears a voice inside telling him to wait, which he does to good result. Sure to please some parents, the inclusion of God in the narrative at several points doesn t feel tacked on but arises naturally from the writer s outlook. An appealing character set against large-scale artwork that suits the story well. Copyright 2009 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

The mouse introduced in Mortimer's Christmas Manger continues on his journey of faith and enlightenment. Mortimer can't imagine that seeds have any use beyond the immediate gratification of being eaten, but when he sees the human family in his house plant a garden, he decides to use his last sunflower seed to give it a whirl himself. As in many of Wilson's books, the religious message is explicit. Convinced that "the miracle" won't happen, tempted to dig up the seed and eat it, Mortimer hears the voice of God: "Wait." "Suddenly, even though he was drenched with rain," writes Wilson, "Mortimer felt warm and protected." With hard work and prayer, Mortimer produces a "miracle" sunflower and a bumper crop of seeds, which in turn prompts the book's final teachable moment: "And please, God," says a fat and contented Mortimer, "I wouldn't mind a friend to help me eat these." Andreasen channels the style of Jane Chapman, who illustrated the previous title; the transition will go unremarked. Ages 4–8. (Feb.) [Page 57]. Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.

Review by School Library Journal Reviews

PreS-Gr 2—The mouse from Mortimer's Christmas Manger (S & S, 2005) is back in a lovely story about spring and growing things. As he is staring outside at a brown landscape and wishing for green, Mortimer overhears a mother and two children talking about a "springtime miracle," discussing planting one small seed and getting back many seeds. He looks at his last precious sunflower seed and decides to plant it. Somewhat dubious about results, he waits and waits and hopes for a miracle. With a little help from God, who counsels him to be patient, Mortimer finally gets results—a tall, glorious sunflower with many seeds to gather, eat, and use for next year's garden. As he cozies down into his bed of seeds, he thanks God and prays for a friend to share his bounty with, and a smiling black spider settles down nearby. This is a beautifully fashioned picture book, with delicate pastel oil illustrations that perfectly convey the changes brought by spring. The faded tan and peach backdrops gradually transform to pale blues and greens, reflecting the warming weather. Mortimer's feelings of doubt and hope are portrayed with great appeal. A fine choice for little gardeners everywhere.—Judith Constantinides, formerly at East Baton Rouge Parish Main Library, LA [Page 130]. Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Tired of munching on sunflower seeds all winter long, Mortimer Mouse becomes skeptical of the stories he hears about how things will burst into an array of color during the next season, but after planting his own special seed and waiting for weeks, Mortimer gets the surprise of his life when spring finally arrives!

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Little Mortimer Mouse plants, waters, and weeds his last sunflower seed in the hopes of seeing something green in the spring.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

Little Mortimer Mouse, longing to see something green at winter's end, follows the lead of the big people and plants, waters, and weeds his last sunflower seed until, finally, with God's help and a lot of patience, he harvests his crop.

Review by Publisher Summary 4

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.