”This is the stable where Jesus was born.
This is the cow in the sweet-smelling hay,
the cat and her kittens and three mice at play,
that lived in the stable where Jesus was born.”
then goes on to include Mary, Joseph, the shepherds, an angel who says “Fear not!”, the town of Bethlehem (with its filled inns), the bright star, and the baby Jesus. Then the author goes backwards, noting that the people of Bethlehem (with its filled inns) had hope that night, because of the angel, the shepherds, Joseph, Mary, et cetera. The illustrations by Susan Gaber are warm, with lots of earthy hues.
What I Like: This “House that Jack Built” style is a nice way to introduce the Christmas story to young children who love repetition.
What I Dislike: The earthy illustrations don't do much for me, although I can appreciate their detail.
Overall Rating: Good.
Age Appeal: 3 - 6.
Publishing Info: Atheneum, 2007; ISBN: 1416950486; hard back, $9.99.