Review: Who Built the Stable? by Ashley Bryan

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Who Built the Stable?: A Nativity Poem by Ashley Bryan

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.

Reviewed from copy received from Atheneum Books for Young Readers.