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Who Built the Stable?: A Nativity Poem

3.64 of 5 stars 3.64  ·  rating details  ·  73 ratings  ·  19 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 journe
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published October 2nd 2012 by Atheneum Books for Young Readers
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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.
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
Mary Catherine
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
Leah Gerber
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
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
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
Great Bible related story to read to children.
Miss Pippi the Librarian
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
Gorgeous illustrations.
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.
loved the illustrations
Anja Manning
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.
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.
Very colorful, vivid, tempera and acrylic illustrations. The holy family is depicted as black rather than as Middle Eastern Jewish.
Edward Sullivan
Beautiful art and verse, exceptional in every way.
Lovely vibrant illustrations and a simple poem
Dolores Colarosa
Beautifully illustrated nativity story.
Beautifully illustrated nativity story.
Beautiful illustrations
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