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Stable Where Jesus Was Born Paperback – October 1, 2002


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Paperback: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Aladdin Paperbacks; Reprint edition (October 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0689853505
  • ISBN-13: 978-0689853500
  • Product Dimensions: 10.3 x 8.5 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,292,361 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

"The cumulative, rhyming story will entice younger readers with its sing-song read-aloud rhythm and attention to the animals in the manger, while Gaber's rich acrylics capture the bustle and excitement of the holy night," said PW. Ages 3-6.
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From Booklist

This cumulative rhyme offers a charming introduction to the nativity story. It describes the place where Jesus was born--the stable and animals--his parents, the visit from the shepherds, and the appearance of the angels. The strength of the book is the repetition in the text, which never becomes sing-songy. In the first half of the book, the rhyme steadily builds, beginning each line with "This is . . ." In the second half, it's reversed, ending at the beginning. Younger listeners may not understand a phrase or word here and there, but the illustrations should keep them focused on the actions. The sweetest of the many warm and earthy paintings is at the center of the book. It shows the newborn Christ being admired by three little kittens. Even the endpapers tell a part of the story. A good selection for larger collections. Shelley Townsend-Hudson --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

More About the Author

RHONDA GOWLER GREENE is the author of over 20 children's books. Her books have received various honors, such as School Library Journal Best Book, American Booksellers "Pick of the List," Children's Book Council Showcase Book, Bank Street College Best Book, International Reading Association Children's Choice Book, Junior Library Guild selection, Michigan Reads One State One Children's Book Award, and also starred reviews.

A dynamic speaker, Rhonda loves presenting at schools, libraries, and conferences. She especially likes talking to students of all ages about how to improve their writing.

A former elementary learning disabilities teacher, Rhonda earned her B.A. in elementary and special education from Northern Kentucky University and her master's in educational media from Xavier University in Cincinnati. She currently resides in southeast Michigan. www.rhondagowlergreene.com

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Simple, elegant, beautiful.
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I am a professional Santa Claus, I am always looking for good Christmas Books to read to the Children.
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My 4 yr. old grandson loves this book.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By "dcdorazio" on December 15, 2002
Format: Hardcover
This is a beautiful story of Christ's birth told in a repeating rhyme. The story tells of the animals who were present in the stable, Mary and Joseph, and all the people who came to rejoice as the light shone on the big round world. I was looking for a simplified version of the story with beautiful pictures - one that is not too advanced for the preschool set but still appealing for the parent that gets to read it over and over and over - I highly recommend this one.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Judy K. Polhemus TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 12, 2008
Format: Hardcover
In my small Catholic school library, there are many Christmas books for children, both religious and secular, both new and classics. One I recently discovered is "The Stable Where Jesus Was Born," a story that simply but profoundly tells the manger story. It is my new favorite.

Writer Rhonda Gowler Greene and illustrator Susan Gaber begin the story on the end pages. Set against a huge, late afternoon sun against an orangy landscape walk the donkey with Mary sitting and Joseph leading. They have obviously traveled far and have a long way to go. On the title page night is falling. On the next two pages they have reached the far side, it is night, and they are tired. All these with no words.

Then the story begins: "This is the stable where Jesus was born." In addition to Mary, Joseph, and the donkey, the viewer can find three birds and one cat. Inside: "This is the cow in the sweet-smelling hay, the cat and her kittens and three mice at play, that lived in the stable where Jesus was born."

The illustration is gorgeous: Mary sits amongst the cow, the donkey, a goat, a sheep, the three mice, two birds, and three kittens. They obviously are drawn to her gentility. Joseph, too, looks adoringly on her in the next illustration.

This is a special picture book about the Christmas story. The rhyme focuses on "Mary, by name" (an oft-repeated phrase) then starts pulling back, back into a more universal picture from the shepherds with their sheep, to Bethlehem to the "earth all round and bright that glimmered with hope that first Christmas night.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Heidi mother of 4 on March 24, 2007
Format: Paperback
My children (ages 1 1/2 and 3) and I love this book. There is some predictability, which the kids like, but not too much, which I like. The pictures are beautiful. It was a favorite at Christmas time--we read it nearly every night at their request.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By KB on January 2, 2012
Format: Paperback
The text in this book is cute, but not accurate. It describes Joseph, Mary's husband, as the proud father three times. Jesus is the Son of God, that's the basis of Christianity. I would not recommend this book.
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Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
A beautiful story for children about the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Thank you Jan Jordan for introducing me to this book.
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