Book Review of Bethlehem Barn
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Written by Debra Westgate-Silva
Illustrated by Marcin Piwowarski
Ages 6+ | 34 Pages
Publisher: Stillwater River Publications | ISBN-13: 978-1955123563
What to Expect: Christmas, animals, religion
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. This curiosity leads to astonishment, which soon 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!
In Bethlehem Barn, Debra Westgate-Silva has created a magical and whimsical retelling of the Christmas story. Using different animals’ points of view gives readers an enchanting perspective of how the baby Jesus came to be born in a barn and why he is so important to humans. In addition to the lively text perfect for a read-aloud story, Marcin Piwowarski has provided soft and charming illustrations sure to delight audiences.
Christmas is an exciting time of year filled with wonder and enchantment, making Bethlehem Barn a perfect addition to the holiday season for readers of all ages. This book would fit wonderfully in a home library where Christmas is celebrated. It’s a beautiful resource for anyone looking to learn more about the Christmas story in a light-hearted manner.
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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, Teaching Tolerance (now Learning for Justice), and Intrepid Times. She loves reading, writing, cooking, traveling, and, above all else, spending time with her family. Her favorite holiday is Christmas, and one of her most treasured family 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!
About the Illustrator
Marcin Piwowarski is a self-taught artist in traditional and digital illustration. He has pursued both an international and domestic career in painting and children’s book illustration and has illustrated hundreds of books during his artistic journey. His artwork is inspired by nature, daily life, and music, mixing the magical and mysterious with down-to-earth elements of everyday reality. Marcin lives in Poland with his three children. Check out his Instagram and Facebook to see more of his work.
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