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Children's LiteratureMiriam is too small to help out much in her parents' inn. Her brother Malachai gets to go to the market every morning to buy vegetables and gossip. Miriam longs to be important, to contribute in some way. Her mother assures her that she is very important to the family, but promises to think of some task just the right size for Miriam. It is a busy time in Bethlehem, as people are arriving for the census. Soon, a perfect job for Miriam arises—Miriam can lead the newest arrivals to the stable, for there is no longer any room in the inn. Later that night, Miriam cannot sleep and is drawn to the stable, where she notices a light shining. Soon, she comes to realize just how important her role has been. Luminous, full-page illustrations help advance the tale. 2004, North-South, Ages 4 to 8.
—Dr. Judy Rowen