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Who built the stable?

2012

by Ashley Bryan

Riding in an open Jeep across the plains of Africa, author/illustrator Ashley Bryan found himself comparing the terrain to Jerusalem, and the bumpy journey to that of Mary’s travel on a donkey. And he came up with a question: Who built the manger where Mary and Joseph found shelter? The answer is conveyed in this picture book that envisions a young boy, a shepherd and carpenter both who, out of love and kindness, cleared the way for another shepherd and carpenter to be born on Christmas day. Told in gentle rhyme, Who Built the Stable? is a celebration of Christmas, of the kindness of children, and of the new hope born with each new baby. -- from publisher's site

Beautiful Life

Beautiful Blackbird

2003

by Ashley Bryan

"Long ago, Blackbird was voted the most beautiful bird in the forest. The other birds, who were colored red, yellow, blue, and green, were so envious that they begged Blackbird to paint their feathers with a touch of black so they could be beautiful too. Although Black-bird warns them that true beauty comes from within, the other birds persist and soon each is given a ring of black around their neck or a dot of black on their wings—markings that detail birds to this very day." -- publisher

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