Colby Mouse's Christmas Gift by Barbara Bockman is an unusual Christmas story.
Like many other books, it tells about a family decorating their tree, and getting ready for Christmas on Christmas Eve.
But it also tells about a mouse and the trap set to catch him. His name is Colby, like the cheese.
Thank goodness it's a catch and release trap, not one that will hurt the poor mouse, and the human father plans to set the mouse free in the woods.
Colby listens as the father reads the Nativity story and wants to share the joy of giving and receiving gifts.
On Christmas morning as the humans open their gifts they discover one from the mouse. He has left the cheese from the trap on a plate and traded it for a candy cane, which he considers his gift from them.
The book doesn't explain how the mouse got the cheese out of the trap without getting caught, but kids who hear this book read to them will be glad he did.
KC Snider's bright and cheerful illustrations add a lot to the pleasure kids will get from this book.