We opened our box as soon as the mailman came, and the kids immediately wanted to read it -- I didn't even have time to find the camera! The book is a hardback, which is a necessity in these parts. The cover was of quick interest to the younger three. The colors are dreamy and warm, and the image got us talking about what the story might be about.
The story opens with a young bog and his father, and it draws the reader in quickly, when the father begins the story of Little Star. There is a competition for the brightest shining star for the new king, but the baby in the manger is quite a disappointment star clan.
All except for Little Star.
We all enjoyed the story, though the ending was quite a surprise! As a family, we were split with how it ended - some of us thought the ending was necessary to make the point, but the other half (those that can speak, anyway) thought it was abrupt, and in the words of my 10 year old, just "wrong." Either way, it makes for good dialogue.
We read the book again and again and again, proof that it is a good book. Little Star sees the new family in the stable for who they are, and he remains. And shines!
Without giving too much away, the book carries a wonderful message for the Christmas holiday, but also for Christian living - Shine for Jesus!
We are always on the lookout for books that honor God during the season of Christmas - that make Him the focus. This book is one that we are glad to have in our book basket this coming Christmas -- I hope that you will consider adding it to yours!
The book Little Star by Anthony DeStefano is a book that is destined to become a Christmas standard for me. The book, published by WaterBrook Press is a poignant story about a star who was the smallest star in the sky. The story of Little Star is told by a father to his young son about a star who was very sad. His sadness had its origin in the fact that Little Star was completely ignored by all of the other stars simply because he was so small and could add little to the night sky.
It quickly becomes apparent to the reader that Little Star became the star that shone to herald the birth of Jesus. He gave his all to shine for that one special night so that the baby Jesus would be warm. He worked so hard to shine that he gave his life, completely burned himself out, and was seen no more. However, each Christmas he is remembered as people all around the world place a star at the top of their Christmas trees.
The artwork in this story, while quite simplistic, is very appealing and will attract the attention of a small child. Even small children can readily see the lessons that are taught in this simple little tale. One lesson is that, no matter how small or insignificant we may feel, God can and will use us for His kingdom's work. Each of us has a gift of some sort that can be used for God's service. Another lesson that a young child can learn from Little Star is that God will richly reward those who are willing to dedicate themselves to Him.
This book is one that I look forward to sharing both with my grandsons and the kindergarten students at school next Christmas. This book is one that I look forward to sharing both with my grandsons and the kindergarten students at school next Christmas. While is is obvious that the book does not adhere to the Biblical account, it is plain that this is a work of fiction and is valuable in the lessons that it portrays. It is a timeless tale that can be told anew each year and the story will remain fresh and its lessons will remain relevant.
I received this book from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing as part of their Blogging for Books program. I was not obligated to provide a positive review and I received no compensation in return for my review.
The store is a cute one. A little star, ignored by the bigger stars around him, shines down on Baby Jesus to warm him. Unfortunately, because this star is so little, he burns himself out in the process. There are morals in this story, such as giving up ourselves for others (particularly Jesus), and that little "people" can do big things too. I was impressed especially by how DeStefano explains why Jesus was born in a stable and not in a palace - so He could "show all people of the world that He loved them."
Unfortunately, it isn't cute enough for me to recommend it. I'm a stickler for accuracy, and this book buys into much of the "post-Francis of Assisi" inaccuracies associated with the nativity: Mary riding a donkey and a "shabby stable" portrayal. Mary and Joseph are pictured as white/caucasian, and Baby Jesus has a halo around His head. Another issue I had was that the star was there to guide the wise men to Jesus (and He was anywhere from a newborn to age 2 at that time), not to provide Him warmth. These aspects of the story are presented as truth, but are fictional in nature... So I cannot recommend this book.