A new holiday classic children’s story book written by Maggie Lynn Heron-Heidel and Peg Heron Heidel
Surprise! A new children’s Christmas classic is under the tree for you and your loved ones to read! Written and illustrated by Maggie Lynn Heron-Heidel with co-author Peg Heron Heidel, join Charlie the deaf mouse for his holiday adventure and perilous quest for his favorite Christmas gingerbread!
The character of Charlie the Mouse was inspired by the lineage of field mice who have snuck into our home throughout the years. We live on what once was a farm so the numbers have been plentiful than we would have liked. We, however, chose to save their lives and used plastic traps like the one shown below. With some peanut butter and a cracker as bait the trap door closes the mice in and they stay safe inside until we find them the next morning. They tend to eat everything in the trap box and work up a sweat so never delay in relocating them. The wee critters will return to your home very shortly thereafter if you don’t take them miles away to a new field or barn. They have amazing tracking skills.
It seemed natural to us to name the star of our story Charlie. We named every mouse visitor we found in the boxes. Each one came with his or her own personalities but with one common denominator: love of food. Sweets were usually their favorites. Thus, the character of Charlie was conceived and brought to life with this story. We hope you have enjoyed it and will be on the lookout for future tales of Charlie the Mouse and his adventures.