Who is Coming to Our House? – Saturday Story Spotlight

Welcome to Saturday Story Spotlight, my feature where I discuss books my husband and I are reading with our son, Daniel. These are books that he, we, or all of us particularly enjoy.

Who is Coming to Our House? by Joseph Slate, illustrated by Ashely Wolff
Published by Putnam Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Penguin

It is a special night in the barn. The animals are abuzz with excitement about the special guest who is coming ever closer. “Who is coming to our house?” they ask mouse, in wonder, “Someone, someone” he replies. So of course the animals must get ready for their special guest, sweeping the floor, lining to manger with eider, anything they can do to make the barn comfortable. Finally, of course, Mary and Joseph show up, and in the end, so does the baby Jesus.

Who is Coming to Our House? is a very cute book, an early introduction for young children to the Christmas story. Having the story come from the perspective of the animals lends an extra degree of interest for kids. Daniel yells “look, mommy!” on basically every page. This is clearly not theologically deep, but it is a good opening for parents to explain a bit about the Christmas story. I do wish the lines scanned a bit better, however. The animals are called mouse, cow, etc, but I find myself wanting to read them as THE mouse, THE cow for them to flow better.

Over all, a good religious Christmas book for young children.

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Source: Personal copy
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The Busy Christmas Stable – Saturday Story Spotlight

Welcome to Saturday Story Spotlight, where I discuss books my husband and I are reading with our son, Daniel. These are books that he, we, or all of us particularly enjoy.

The Busy Christmas Stable by Juliet David, illustrated by Sarah Pitt
Published by Candle Books, an imprint of Lion Hudson

“The Busy Christmas Stable” is a fun, interactive version of the Christmas story for young toddlers. It is a nice, sturdy board book sized more like a traditional children’s hardcover or paperback book. It picks up the story with Mary and Joseph arriving in Bethlehem and, in 4 page spreads, concludes with the wise men presenting the baby Jesus with his gifts. Clearly, this is a highly abbreviated form of the nativity story, but it is just about the right length for my not-quite-18 month old.

Daniel also particularly likes the interactive aspect of “The Busy Christmas Stable.” The tabs shown at the bottom of the book move back and forth to cause different characters to appear on different pages. This does make “The Busy Christmas Stable” a book that needs supervision, because the characters at times need cajoling to slip smoothly back off-stage. Our Joseph already has a tendency to catch at the edge of the scene.

If there’s one thing that bothers me a bit about this book, it is the fact that the majority of the characters look far too Caucasian. They look perhaps a bit dark-skinned, but certainly not Middle-Eastern, which saddens me. We do have one other interactive board book from Candle Books, “The Very First Christmas,” about the Christmas story that does a somewhat better job at racial representation, but it is still slightly on the long side for Daniel, and right now he prefers “The Busy Christmas Stable.”

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Powells.*
Amazon.*

Source: Personal copy/gift
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