Tuesday, November 29, 2022

Bethlehem Barn - Children's Book Review and Giveaway


Book Overview:

Laugh and learn with a child in your life with this light-hearted, fun retelling of the classic Christmas Eve story.

Ancient legends tell us that for one hour on Christmas Eve, animals are given the gift of speech. If we could have heard the animals on that very first Christmas Eve, what do you think they would have said?

Donkey, Cow, Sheep, Chicken, and Bird are having a typical winter night in the barn.  That is, until Cow finds something in her food trough.  Astonishment turns into awe when Bird reveals that it's a human baby.  And not just any human baby, it's baby Jesus, the people's Savior!

All the animals are humbled--the baby Jesus, in their barn! A frenzy follows, while the animals do everything they can to make Him comfortable, warm, and safe.

With soft, beautiful artwork and a delightful animal cast, Bethlehem Barn is a light-hearted, fun retelling of that very first Christmas that will charm children and adults alike.

About the Author:

Debra Westgate-Silva has worked in public education for many years and in child advocacy and welfare. Her work has been published in Highlights children's magazine and Teaching Tolerance. She loves reading, writing, cooking (and eating!), traveling and, above all else, spending time with her family. Her favorite holiday is Christmas, and one of her most treasured traditions is baking a birthday cake each year for baby Jesus. She lives in Bristol, Rhode Island, with her husband and two sons. Please visit her website at www.debrawestgatesilva.com to send her a message. She also loves to hear from her readers!


My Review:

Most of us know the story of Jesus birth, being born in a manger.  Bethlehem Barn, a hardcover book for children, tells the story from the animals point-of-view.  At first, the animals are put off by their area being in disarray.  The chicken's eggs were gone and the cow's food was missing.  What was it that caused such a ruckus?

After several attempts of proclaiming what happened, a bird was able to get the animals attention and let them know it was Jesus in the manger and His mother was asleep nearby.  Once all the animals recognized what was going on, they took it upon themselves to make the place comfortable for Jesus and his mother.  Donkey even came to the realization that he played an important part in bringing Jesus and his parents to the barn.

This book is perfect to read during the holidays to remind us the 'Reason for the Season'.  The story is told in a way that shows what the animals might have been thinking during the birth of Jesus.  It also shows the animals being humbled and in awe, knowing they were in the presence of glory.


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One person will win a hardcover book copy of Bethlehem Barn.

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