Who Is Coming to Our House?

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"Someone's coming to this house," Mouse tells all the animals in the stable. As each animal hurries to tidy up, they wonder who their special visitors will be. By nightfall, the stable is ready and the animals' guests appear. Warm, appealing illustrations bring this celebration of the first Christmas to life.

"A lovely addition to the Christmas canon." (Kirkus Reviews, pointer review)

"This well-crafted picture book resonates with genuine ...

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Overview

"Someone's coming to this house," Mouse tells all the animals in the stable. As each animal hurries to tidy up, they wonder who their special visitors will be. By nightfall, the stable is ready and the animals' guests appear. Warm, appealing illustrations bring this celebration of the first Christmas to life.

"A lovely addition to the Christmas canon." (Kirkus Reviews, pointer review)

"This well-crafted picture book resonates with genuine warmth and spirit." (Publishers Weekly)

The animals in the stable prepare for the arrival of baby Jesus.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Animals clean their stable in preparation for a very special visitor. PW praised this ``quiet, understated rendering of the Nativity'' that ``resonates with genuine warmth and spirit. Wolff's accomplished block prints convey the gentle friendliness and generosity of the occasion.'' Ages 4-8. (Oct.)
Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
Bold pictures and big bold text make this book a treat for young readers and listeners. All of the animals get busy to make their house, the stable, ready for the arrival of Mary and Joseph and the birth of the Christ child. A rhyming text that rolls off the tongue and perfect for reading aloud in a book that provides a different perspective on the nativity.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1 A beautiful book with an insubstantial text. In a simple story told in rhyme, stable animals ask ``Who is coming to our house?'' `` `Someone, someone,' says Mouse.'' With anticipation, each animal helps to prepare ``their house'' for the unnamed guests. By nightfall, the stable is readied and the animals welcome Mary and Joseph. A double-page illustration shows the animals gazing upon the baby Jesus cradled in his Mother's arms. Wolff uses the same linoleum block and wash technique so effective in A Year of Birds (Dodd, 1984) and A Year of Beasts (Dutton, 1986). As in the earlier titles, the unusual perspectives and figures breaking through the black-lined boundaries add to the visual drama. Here, rich earth tones give a sense of the natural humility and love of the stable birth. Preschoolers and some toddlers will easily recognize most of the animals portrayed, but unless children already know the Christmas story they won't appreciate the importance of the human visitors, since Mary and Joseph are identified only by name. This may not be an obvious first choice as a holiday book or an animal identification book, but it is worth consideration for either shelf. Heide Piehler, Shorewood Public Library, Wis.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780698114159
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 9/24/2001
  • Series: Sandcastle Series
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.00 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 0.13 (d)

Meet the Author

Joseph Slate, a native West Virginian, has always loved to paint and write. "I majored in journalism at the University of Washington in Seattle, worked as a reporter on The Seattle Times, was an editor for Foreign Broadcast Information Service (Washington, D.C., California, and Tokyo), then took a degree in fine arts at Yale, although I never illustrated my own books. My painting took a direction that was at odds with the fine art of illustration.

"My ideas come from everywhere: a childhood drawing I did of a porcupine, a silly song I once sang to a godchild, and my teacher-niece and pupil-grand nephew getting ready for kindergarten, all kicked off an idea for a book. Now I am writing novels, and it's the same what-if approach, although the first one came out of my West Virginia boyhood. It's called Crossing the Trestle, and the young narrator faces an obstacle I did as a child."

Mr. Slate is Professor of Art Emeritus at Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio, where he taught for 30 years. He now lives in Silver Spring, Maryland, with his wife, Patty. A Marine Air Corps veteran, he and his wife have set foot on all seven continents and traveled in 39 countries. They have lived in both Japan and Italy.

"Snacking is my big vice, especially chocolate and oatmeal raisin cookies. To keep my weight down, I take tai-chi courses with a world grand master and play water volley ball."

Awards: National Bookseller's and New York Public Library's annual lists, Library of Congress citation, Ohio and Kansas State Reading Circle lists, Colorado and Wyoming School Children's 1998 Best Book finalist, 1998 Americas Commended list, Publisher's Weekly best seller list (twice), Delaware's l997 Blue Hen Award, Ohioana Library Association's Award for distinguised service in the field of children's literature.

copyright © 2000 by Penguin Putnam Books for Young Readers. All rights reserved.

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  • Posted December 17, 2008

    Love This Book!

    I am a retired school principal and I LOVE THIS BOOK! I give it as a gift at baby showers and birthdays. It is a wonderful "tradition" for a family to share. Older children can read to younger children, and the whole family can chime in on the repetitions! This is a MUST have to celebrate the Christmas season!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 1, 2012

    Classic Rhyming Christmas Book - Buy It.

    We had to buy a replacement of this book this year after losing our original copy. Wouldn't be Christmas without reading about 4 times a day to the kids. My 4 year old can half-way do it on his own, my one year old fills in the "says Mouse" lines. Great family book.

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  • Posted February 13, 2010

    A Sweet Twist on the "True" Christmas Story

    This is a lovely story for young children. It is the story of the Christ Child's arrival into our world. From the precious perspective of the barn animals we hear many human qualities--excitment, curiosity and anticipation. It should be a Christmas tradition for all Christian homes.

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  • Posted January 25, 2010

    Lovely first book for reading to little ones to to teach the meaning of Christmas

    Both my husband and I thought this a lovely book for our grandchildren- 1 and 3 in age as it lovingly illustrated the Christmas story for them.

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  • Posted January 2, 2010

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    Great Christmas, or anytime story

    This little book was used as a gift from youngest (6 month old) grandson to our oldest grandson (4 3/4 YO) from him and us. I've always taken the oplder boy to bookstore to get him intetrested in books and a thing grandpa & he does. This little gift at Christmas was to prepare him for going w/his little brother & me to keep a sort of tradiction alive. Plus, older boy getting to know more who baby jesus is and learing store of his birth.

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  • Posted January 2, 2010

    Who is Coming to Our House?

    I bought this for my grandchildren and they love the colorful pictures. The oldest has fun identifying the characters by name. They enjoy me reading it to them at bedtime. I recommend this for purchase.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2009

    Great for introducing your child to the story of Christmas

    It shows all the animals getting ready for Mary and Joseph. It is a good book to teach young children about Jesus being born in a stable.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 24, 2006

    We read this book every night!

    This book has become part of our bedtime routine! Every night, without fail our kids beg to read 'who is coming to our house' Our kids ages 15mon. and 3yrs love the clear pictures of the animals and enjoy the anticipation of who is coming. Eventhough this book is a simple board book perfect for little ones that just like to chew the stiff pages, it is also great for older kids. We end up talking about each animal and their tasks in preparing for the baby Jesus. This book could be read cover to cover in a minute- but the joy it brings to our kids is lasting! My husband and I even enjoy reading it each night! CHRISTMAS OR NOT THIS IS A WONDERFUL BOOK! I WISH WE HAD MULTIPLE COPIES!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 1, 2003

    Inspiring Children's Story

    I love this story! As the animals prepare for 'someone' to come to their house, because of mouse's insistence, one can't help but wonder how mouse knew what was to come. The illustrations are warm and friendly. The words evoke memories of Christmas thoughts about the birth of the Savior and our own preparation for 'someone' to come to our house.

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