This Is The Stable
Author: Cynthia Cotten & Illustrator: Delana Bettoli
In the rhythm of "This is the house that Jack built," the Christmas story is retold in rhyme that uses the refrain, "the quiet stable, dusty and brown." The illustrations display the theme of quiet peace. The manger is shown with a cow, donkey, birds, a rabbit and mice. Mary in a sari rocks the dark-haired newborn while Joseph holds an oil lamp. Shepherds gather around a bonfire as sheep and a dog sleep. Moths hover over the fire, and antelope feed in the background. Singing angels in gorgeous flowered robes surround the shepherds along with birds. The three wise men are pictured with traditional ethnic traits and ride a camel, a horse, and an elephant. Children will enjoy pointing to the animals while parents will appreciate the peace and tranquility that pervade this lovely retelling of the story.