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Who built the stable where Jesus lay? Multiple Coretta Scott King Award–winner Ashley Bryan has a very good idea in this beautiful and moving new layer to the nativity story.Riding in an open Jeep across the plains of Africa, beloved and nationally acclaimed author and illustrator Ashley Bryan found himself comparing the terrain to Jerusalem, and the bumpy journey to thatWho built the stable where Jesus lay? Multiple Coretta Scott King Award–winner Ashley Bryan has a very good idea in this beautiful and moving new layer to the nativity story.Riding in an open Jeep across the plains of Africa, beloved and nationally acclaimed author and illustrator Ashley Bryan found himself comparing the terrain to Jerusalem, and the bumpy journey to that of Mary’s travel on a donkey. And he came up with a question: Who built the manger where Mary and Joseph found shelter?The answer is conveyed in this beautifully crafted picture book that envisions a young boy, a shepherd and carpenter both who, out of love and kindness, cleared the way for another shepherd and carpenter to be born on Christmas day.The boy looked in the infant’s eyes And in his heart he knew The babe would be a carpenter He’d be a shepherd too.Told in gentle rhyme and illustrated with Ashley Bryan’s enormous talent, this is a picture book that captures the reason for the season in all its wonder and beauty. Who Built the Stable? is a celebration of Christmas, of the kindness of children, and of the new hope born with each new baby....

Title : Who Built the Stable?: A Nativity Poem
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ISBN : 9781442409347
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 40 Pages
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Who Built the Stable?: A Nativity Poem Reviews

  • Jenny
    2019-06-18 10:08

    This is not what I picture when I picture Christmas books...but it is beautiful in its own unique way. It is bright and colorful and invokes images of Africa and the bright colors and patterns there. The text is a poem wondering who built the stable where Mary and Joseph stayed and where baby Jesus lay. The poem says it was a little boy, learning from his father how to be a carpenter. My favorite part is the last stanza:The boy looked in the infant's eyesAnd in his heart he knew:The babe would be a carpenter.He'd be a shepherd too.

  • Emily
    2019-06-23 06:13

    Always nice to see a darker-skinned Jesus. And this kind of accuracy seems even more important in a children's book. Beautiful, color-rich illustrations.

  • Zoey
    2019-06-06 13:19

    Joyful, vibrant illustrations depict an ethnically diverse society and tell a new story about a young carpenter shepherd who built the stable where Jesus was born and sheltered. The poem and illustrations suggest to me the way that in seizing an opportunity to show kindness, the boy was sort of an angel as well, and the impact of such simple kindness, the author indicates, might have far reaching effects.

  • Julie
    2019-06-06 13:06

    A quick poem with colorful illustrations depicting an imagined young apprentice who built the stable where baby Jesus was born.

  • Hannah
    2019-06-06 05:58

    Beautiful illustrations!!! The story would be better for older children.

  • Shannon
    2019-06-09 05:12

    I'm usually not a fan of religious picture books, but the illustrations in this one are gorgeous. I was also happy to see that Mary, Joseph, and Jesus were not whitewashed, as is usually the case.

  • Tasha
    2019-06-24 06:09

    Dazzling art meets an equally vibrant poem in this Christmas book that focuses on the shepherd boy who built the stable where Jesus was born. Award-winning illustrator and author, Ashley Bryan has crafted a story of the young boy who built the stable, a boy who is also a shepherd and a carpenter. It is a story of craft and devotion, also one of diversity and acceptance. Told in rhyming verse, this is a Christmas story that celebrates children and all they have to offer at the most joyous time of the year. While the poem has gentle rhymes, it also has a beautiful strength of story at its core that makes it very appropriate for the celebration of the Nativity. Creating a story of another child whose own service echoes that of Jesus’ own is a powerful statement about how we can all have a role no matter how young we are. The art here is simply spectacular. It reminds me of stained glass with its thicker outlines and brilliant colors. Filled with swirls of colors, the images fairly dance on the page, creating a new vision of the holiday that is much more than green, red and white. Beautiful!Add some real beauty to your holiday with this bright, vibrant book that speaks to the true meaning of Christmas. Appropriate for ages 5-7.

  • Leah Gerber
    2019-06-23 13:20

    This book is in celebration of Christmas with a different perspective. There is a young boy, who is a shepherd and a carpenter, who made the stable for baby Jesus to be born on Christmas day. The poem is musical and the illustrations have rich colors that give it a holiday feel. All of the characters are dark skinned (Mary, Joseph, and baby Jesus) and the illustrations really do tell the story almost by themselves. I think this would be fun one to use in the classroom before the Christmas break to show children how “diverse” Christmas really is. This book is easy to read for elementary students and it will really change the way the students think about Christmas. This is a great to book to use in the classroom before Christmas break because it teaches about the holiday from a completely different perspective than other Christmas books. I think comparing this book with traditional Christmas books would be interesting for the children and if you have a diverse classroom it could help the African American students in your classroom feel more included.Bryan, A. (2012). Who built the stable?: A nativity poem. New York: Atheneum Books for Young Readers.

  • Mary Catherine
    2019-06-07 13:20

    An expanded version of this review (with pictures!) is also posted over on my website, Travels with Mary. Who Built the Stable? A Nativity Poem by Ashley Blake is a poem that describes the shepherd who built the stable where Jesus was born. The poem itself is musical and winding, I think it would work wonderfully as a read-aloud to young children-- personally, I'm going to save this one to read to my own children as a bedtime story, especially during the Advent season.Wow! I am so impressed with Ashley Bryan's images. He is an incredible artist and writer.I love the sentiments behind the art for this book. The colors are rich and the illustrations are absolutely gorgeous-- I'm also so incredibly pleased not to see another whitewashed nativity story! Bryan says he began working on this poem and the artwork during an annual trip to Africa and I think he's done an excellent job incorporating so many cultures and mediums into his artwork. I am so glad that this book is now in my personal library!

  • IrenesBookReviews
    2019-06-08 13:23

    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!

  • Courtney
    2019-06-01 11:23

    The author begins to wonder just who built the stable Jesus was born in, and comes up with a story. A young shepherd boy, apprentice to his father, a carpenter builds the stable for his animals. One night he sees an amazing star, and runs into a couple looking for shelter. That night their child is born in the stable.Not he most interesting story for me. The book got four stars, thought, because the artwork in it is amazing. Lots of bright, cheerful colours are used and capture the readers attention. He has a very unique painting style.

  • Miss Pippi the Librarian
    2019-05-28 08:04

    The art of poetry and the art of painting explode in this new Christmas story about the birth of Jesus. The paintings were rendered in tempera and acrylic to create a vibrant story that describes a little boy's journey to see the newborn King. This young sheepherder and carpenter helped to build a stable then invited Mary and Joseph a place to stay the night of the Census.Poetry is a great way to tell a story. It's beauty blends well with the bright colors. Children and adults will be charmed by this story.Reviewed from a library copy.

  • Samantha
    2019-06-10 11:59

    The story of Mary and Joseph traveling far and wide in search of shelter on Christmas Eve night is a familiar one, but this poem fills in a few more details about that night. Told through the eyes of a child, readers find out who built the stable and how one act of kindess changed the world. Illustrations are in tempera and acrylic and brightly colored. A good read aloud, especially for Christmas.

  • Olivia
    2019-06-05 10:14

    This book talks about the birth of Jesus in smooth prose and vibrant illustrations. I believe it would be another good introductory book for young children about the story of Jesus, just don't expect a snow white baby Jesus here.

  • Dolores Colarosa
    2019-06-17 10:13

    Beautifully illustrated nativity story.

  • Alyson
    2019-05-29 06:06

    Beautiful illustrations

  • Anja Manning
    2019-06-07 09:15

    The illustrations are beautifully colorful, but I did not know what to make of the nativity poem. It doesn't seem to agree with the traditional nativity story, and focuses on kindness.

  • Michelle
    2019-06-09 11:00

    Beautifully illustrated nativity story.

  • Peacegal
    2019-06-05 04:57

    I'm not a big fan of religious books, but I applaud this one for showing Bible figures as they really were--dark-skinned Middle Eastern people.

  • Laura
    2019-06-09 08:04

    loved the illustrations

  • Rachel
    2019-05-27 12:58

    Lovely vibrant illustrations and a simple poem

  • K.
    2019-06-14 06:55

    Great Bible related story to read to children.

  • Edward Sullivan
    2019-06-03 10:22

    Beautiful art and verse, exceptional in every way.

  • Katrina
    2019-06-18 07:56

    I like the colorful, childlike illustrations. And it's nice having a nativity story set in Africa. The poem is pretty terrible though--it'd be a lot better if it wasn't in rhyme.

  • Beverly
    2019-06-19 05:17

    Very colorful, vivid, tempera and acrylic illustrations. The holy family is depicted as black rather than as Middle Eastern Jewish.

  • Nadia
    2019-06-14 07:17

    Gorgeous illustrations.