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Who Built the Stable?: A Nativity Poem

3.68  ·  Rating Details ·  88 Ratings  ·  22 Reviews
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 that
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published October 2nd 2012 by Atheneum Books for Young Readers
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Dec 10, 2012 Emily rated it really liked it

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.
Dec 05, 2016 Jenny rated it really liked it
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 eyes
And in his heart he knew:
The babe would b
Jan 02, 2017 Katrina rated it liked it
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.
Dec 13, 2012 Tasha rated it it was amazing
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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 ...more
Leah Gerber
Dec 01, 2013 Leah Gerber rated it really liked it
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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 ...more
Mary Catherine
Feb 17, 2013 Mary Catherine rated it it was amazing
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
Jan 22, 2013 IrenesBookReviews rated it it was amazing
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 fa ...more
Nov 20, 2013 Courtney rated it really liked it
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 atten
Miss Pippi the Librarian
Nov 19, 2012 Miss Pippi the Librarian rated it really liked it
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
Nov 01, 2012 Samantha rated it really liked it
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.
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.
Anja Manning
Dec 17, 2012 Anja Manning rated it liked it
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.
Nov 23, 2012 Peacegal rated it liked it
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.
Feb 05, 2013 Beverly rated it liked it
Very colorful, vivid, tempera and acrylic illustrations. The holy family is depicted as black rather than as Middle Eastern Jewish.
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Dolores Colarosa
Feb 25, 2013 Dolores Colarosa rated it really liked it
Beautifully illustrated nativity story.
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Dec 05, 2012 Alyson rated it really liked it
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Beautiful illustrations
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