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Who Built the Stable? by [Bryan, Ashley]
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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.

From Booklist

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

Product Details

  • File Size: 15678 KB
  • Print Length: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers (October 2, 2012)
  • Publication Date: October 2, 2012
  • Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008AKHF0K
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,651,862 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This poem gives a new perspective on a story familiar to Christians. Vocabulary is easy enough for a good 2nd grade or so reader but also delightful for a read-to for younger children. I love the illustrations!
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"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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This book is actually a poem with pictures. I would describe the pictures as looking like stain glass windows with rich blended colors. All the characters are dark skinned, even Mary, Joseph and Baby Jesus. The best part of the book is the pictures that go along with the poem. The poem itself is well written. You will need to remember the author has taken liberties with the Bible story. The basis of the poem is describing how a little shepherd is the person who built the stable and showed the family where it was. It is an interesting take on the Christmas story and I love the including of dark skinned characters. I gave this book 5/5 stars as the pictures alone make this book worth reading!
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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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Ashley Bryan's beautiful, vibrant spirit comes shining through in this lovely poem and accompanying artwork. Who Built the Stable? is an appealing picture book for all ages.
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