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Who Built the Stable?: A Nativity Poem Hardcover


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers (October 2, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1442409347
  • ISBN-13: 978-1442409347
  • Product Dimensions: 11.2 x 9.4 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,155,090 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

PreS-2-Bryan first thought of the titular question while riding through the hills of Africa. He imagined that the bumpy road was similiar to the one that Mary might have traveled on her way to Bethlehem on Christmas Eve. This beautifully written poem answers the question by stating that "A child built the stable./A little shepherd boy/Apprenticed as a carpenter/In his father's employ." When Mary and Joseph are turned away from other places, the little shepherd offers to shelter them. The prose is matched perfectly with Bryan's vibrant tempera and acrylic illustrations. The shepherd boy, Mary, Joseph, and Jesus are depicted with warm brown skin tones set against a rainbow of colors. Each spread has a border to highlight the resplendent artwork and text at the bottom of each page. The entire poem is reprinted on the last spread. A welcome addition for all collections.-Diane Olivo-Posner, Los Angeles Public Libraryα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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The award-winning Bryan offers a Nativity story told through the eyes of one young boy. The rhymed couplets introduce a little shepherd who is also apprenticed as a carpenter / in his father’s employ. When a pregnant Mary asks if he knows a place that she and Joseph can stay, he welcomes them to his stable. Bryan writes that he got the idea for the book while traveling through Africa, which is reflected in both the book’s cultural details and in the diverse characters. Although the African setting extends the universality, it does make for a bit of confusion. On a two-page spread, the text asks, Was Jesus born in Italy, / Russia, Spain, Japan? / No. He was born in Bethlehem. A rich and Verdant land. The artwork shows a very different Bethlehem with an African drummer, a giraffe, a zebra, a monkey, and an elephant, all in a jungle setting. Executed in exuberant folk-style art that shines like stained glass, the pictures have a simplicity that will appeal to children. There’s much to look at here. Preschool-Grade 1. --Ilene Cooper

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Every framed double-page spread is a riot of color.
Kemie Nix
The story is one of simple generosity, hospitality, hope and the connectedness of people.
Donna Isaacs, Teacher, Ashley Bryan School, Islesford, ME
The illustrations are beautiful and the story is so sweet.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Donna Isaacs, Teacher, Ashley Bryan School, Islesford, ME on November 18, 2012
Format: Hardcover
"Who built the stable where the baby Jesus lay?" begins Ashley Bryan's version of the classic nativity story. Bryan's hero is a young boy, a shepherd and carpenter's apprentice. The boy offers comfort and shelter to Joseph and pregnant Mary in the stable he has built--after all the adults have turned the weary travelers away.

Bryan's simple poem flows with his usual fun and catchy cadence, and every page is a veritable eye feast. The story is one of simple generosity, hospitality, hope and the connectedness of people.

Thank you, Ashley Bryan for reminding us of the importance of the child's perspective, and for making this story so universal that it can be appreciated and enjoyed by any audience, in any setting at any time of the year.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kemie Nix on November 15, 2012
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In this nativity poem with the rhythm and cadence of the author's voice, Ashley Bryan tells of

a boy who lived long ago in a "rich and verdant land." Although the boy worked as

a shepherd caring for his sheep and other animals, he was also apprenticed to his

father who was a carpenter. This young carpenter built a stable to protect his

animals at night. While observing a beautiful star one night, he met a poor man

and woman who were seeking shelter because all of the inns had turned them away,

and the woman was about to give birth. The kind child led them to his stable and

cared for them and their baby boy who was born in the night.

Reminiscent of stained glass, all of the characters and objects are broadly outlined

and brightly painted in the artist's inimitable style that can be recognized from

across any room. Every framed double-page spread is a riot of color. The

characters are both stylized and unique. The people and animals all have

expressive body language and kindly faces - with the exception of one innkeeper.
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By Case on January 8, 2014
Format: Hardcover
My Son (1 1/2) wants to read this book 10 times a day. The illustrations are beautiful and the story is so sweet.
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THIS RENOWNED ARTIST DELIVERS AGAIN WITH FABULOUS STORY AND WIDE DIVERSITY OF SKIN COLORS . When read to parents and kids parents said they loved that all faces were showing diversity of humanity.
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By an earful on September 10, 2013
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This cuts down to the soul with its message of love reaching into creation from the Creator with down-to-earthiness.
The message in both word and art is embracing.
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