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Ambrose and the Princess

Margo Sorenson, Katalin Szegedi, Illustrator

Ambrose and the Princess
Ambrose and the Princess

ISBN: 9780814630433, 3043

Details: 32 pgs, 8 1/2 x 10 7/8
Publication Date: 11/01/2005

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2006 Catholic Press Association Award Winner!

For Ambrose and his mouse family, Christmas at the cathedral means pews full of worshipers who may need the help of the mice. This Christmas, Ambrose knows it is his turn to help’but how? The new princess is unhappy and might depart, leaving the church, the convent, and the poor who so badly need her charity and kindness. With encouragement from his mouse family, Ambrose sets out to help the princess. The princess’ world seems enormous to a small mouse, but perhaps it will take someone tiny to notice the one thing that will make the princess happy. Will Ambrose’s bravery and desire to help be large enough to make a difference?

With colorful, detailed illustrations by Katalin Szegedi, this story will invite children into Ambrose’s world, and fascinate them with the medieval church. Children will sympathize with Ambrose’s worries, cheer with his successes, and be inspired by his persistence.

Children 4-10, schools, libraries, and people of all ages will keep this book nearby and visit Ambrose and his cathedral family again and again.

Margo Sorenson is the author of over twenty-five books for young readers. She has received recognition and awards from various groups, including the American Library Association.

Katalin Szegedi has been the recipient of many awards for her illustrations including the 2005 Hungarian Illustrator of the Year award and the Hungarian equivalent to the Caldecott Medal in 2001 and 2003. She has also been recognized by the Catholic Book Association for The Weight of a Mass (Gingerbread House; also distributed by Liturgical Press). She is the illustrator for the forthcoming Ambrose the Mouse book by Margo Sorenson, Ambrose and the Cathedral Dream, from Liturgical Press.


I was enchanted by Margo Sorenson's delightful story, Ambrose and the Princess. The earnest and clever little mouse Ambrose, with his determination to find a way to make the princess happy, will surely win the hearts of many readers! The lush illustrations exquisitely detailing medieval dress, customs, and architecture and the artist's lavish use of bold primary colors are the perfect accompaniment to this charming tale of courage, wit, and resolve.
Bonnie Graves, award-winning children's author

This lovely, large-format children's book features gorgeous colored illustrations on every page and a story with giggles and a message that each young reader or listener can take to heart. We see much goodwill and generosity as Sorenson develops her theme: everyone has something to offer others, and it is often 'right under our noses.' The setting is Christmas in medieval times, but the story is timeless.
Carol Blank,

This delightful story is one of courage, bravery and generosity . . . would make a great read-aloud story for school children in early grades.
The Prairie Messenger

Many values are demonstrated in Ambrose, compassion, perseverance and initiative, and could easily lend themselves as a resource to a values curriculum. The delightful protagonist never gives up, never thinks too small, and never thinks of himself first. I've read this to my second graders and they loved the story. A true delight!
JoAnne Hale, Area 12 Director, California Reading Association