The Manger Mouse

The Manger Mouse

By Sarah M. Byrd; Debbie Wall (Illustrator)

Ambassador-Emerald International, Hardcover, 9781620202234

Publication Date: October 1, 2013

What really happened the night Jesus was born?

Matty's mother tells him he will take part in the most important thing ever to happen in history. Why him, a meek and lowly stable mouse? All Matty the manger mouse wants to do is snuggle into the warmth of his mother and fall asleep but the Creator of the world has another plan for him. Will the little stable mouse surrender to his own needs or bow to the will of the Savior?

Children and adults will be touched by Matty's brave little heart. As the story of that first Christmas unfolds, come join Matty and all the other stable dwellers portrayed in lush and charming pastel illustrations.

About the Author
Sarah Martin Byrd is a graduate of The Institute of Children's Literature. She is a published novelist, newspaper columnist, blogger, and former Advertising Manager for a regional newspaper. Sarah loves sharing her life story with children of all ages. She speaks at schools, book clubs, libraries and book festivals.

Sarah lives at the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in North Carolina with her husband of 38 years. Her only daughter and grandchild live close by. When not creating new stories she loves camping, canoeing, fishing, her daily walks, and spending time with her family.

Debbie Wall, a member of the Pastel Society of Virginia, is a native of North Carolina and a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her pastel landscapes have been exhibited at Virginia's General Assembly, the Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen, the Center for Creative Arts at Shady Grove, and the Weinstein Jewish Community Center.

The author and illustrator were childhood friends who reconnected in midlife through their love of reading and of children's books. The illustrations of Manger Mouse were championed and critiqued by Debbie's adult children, Eryn and Tyler, by close friend and fellow artist, Valerie Olson, and by Susan D'Angelo Brown, an inspirational art teacher who first introduced soft pastels to Debbie over a decade ago. Debbie resides in Richmond, Virginia with her husband of 32 years and with their two cats, George Gray and Dixie Gray.