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Morris’s Disappearing Bag

It is Christmas morning and at first everyone in Morris’s family is very happy. But while Morris’s three older siblings are all interested in swapping with each other for playtime with their new presents (a beauty kit, hockey outfit, and chemistry set), they don’t want to swap for playtime with Morris’s new bear. Morris is deeply disappointed. But what is that under the tree? And what is a disappearing bag anyway? The answer surprising, and the book is a total pleasure–perfect for any sibling, or anyone who’s ever felt in need of a bit of magic.

Every year, after Thanksgiving, I bring out the Christmas books. Every year, after New Year’s Day, I put them away again. I still read the books aloud to the boys in the order they pick, and each year this book (along with Shall I Knit You a Hat?, which I’ll be posting about soon; Mr. Willowby’s Christmas Tree; and The Christmas Wombat) is one of the first chosen. My oldest likes it so much that in 2017 he asked for (and received) a bear just like Morris’s as his Christmas present.

Author: Rosemary Wells
Illustrator: Rosemary Wells

Mr. Willowby’s Christmas Tree


Mr. Willowby’s Christmas tree is a touch too big for his space. So the top is lopped off and given to his upstairs maid. But it is a touch too big for her space, so the top is lopped off and discovered by the gardener. But it is a touch too big for his space, so… Well, you get the idea. One big tree brings a lot of happiness to a lot of people (and animals too).

Author: Robert Barry
Illustrator: Robert Barry