From School Library Journal
PreSchool-K–When Baby Owl asks, "WHOOOO… is that baby sleeping in the nest below?" his mother gives more of a theological explanation than is normally included in a Nativity story for young children. Mama Owl tells the curious youngster that this Holy Child has a Heavenly Father as well as an earthly father. She also tells him that "God, his Heavenly Father, has given him the warmth of his love instead of feathers." The mixed-media illustrations are sweet and appealing. However, while Baby Owl is satisfied with the details provided about this Child, human parents may find that this story raises more questions than it answers with their youngsters.–V. W.
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About the Author
Will Hillenbrand has illustrated a range of picture books for children, including "Look Out, Jack! The Giant is Back" by Tom Birdsey and "Wicked Jack" by Connie Nordhielm Wooldridge. The story of "Asleep in the Stable" was first read aloud and accompanied by slides during a Christmas Eve service for children.