"Asher of Bethlehem" by Howard Rodney Jones (illustrated by Paul C. Spoor) is a children's book that tells the story of the birth of Jesus through the personal account of Asher the orphan, and his best friend Medad, whose father owns the only inn in Bethlehem. Through Asher's eyes, we see the story of the nativity unfold. Asher, through a chance encouter, meets Joseph and his pregnant wife, and tries to help them find a place to stay in Bethlehem. The story continues through the birth of Jesus, visitation of the magi, and their departure for their homeland, rather than report to King Herod. Asher is the central figure of this story, and his story is woven so perfectly into the story of Jesus' birth, that it reads flawlessly. The story is engaging, with characters that are easy to fall in love with, and it truly makes you want to keep reading to find out what will happen to Asher next. This would be the perfect book for children ages 7 and up. It is a chapter book, and much longer than most younger children can manage.
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