- 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: 9 x 0.2 x 10 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,026,285 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Stable Where Jesus Was Born Paperback – October 1, 2002
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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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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.
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Top Customer Reviews
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." Then--pow--Jesus as the centerfold with the three little kittens looking on, back to Bethlehem, to the angel in the sky who "wished well the father, Joseph, so tall, who cared for the baby and animals all" to "mostly the mother, Mary by name, the mother of Jesus she became," to the manger tableau. The last two end pages show the three wise men nearing the manger scene.
Simple, elegant, beautiful. A must-have for those who want the Christmas story for their children. This particular book can bring a tear to the eye through its sheer beauty and simplicity.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Lovely pictures. Perfect for toddlers and up. My 4 yr. old grandson loves