Every now and then a children's book comes along that adults love, too. Song of the Stars: A Christmas Story is, for me, one of those books.
The birth of Jesus is imminent and, because of that, the world is about to change forever. Thus, around the world, nature's inhabitants pause to celebrate the impending birth of the One Who so lovingly created them. The description of the rustling of the leaves, the whispering of the trees and the thundering of the seas, among so many others, as they proclaim His birth, depict the joy that nature exhibited when Christ, the One Who created them, was born.
Written in a majestic, worshipful, style, and illustrated in a beautifully engaging way, this little book is perfect for precious little ones to turn to again and again as they, too, ponder the coming of the Son so long ago. The rhythmic words will draw the young ones back for another reading and yet another while the depiction of nature's response to the Son will captivate Mom and Dad.
Nature is commanded to worship its' Lord. This book depicts what such a response might be like. My take: A+
DISCLAIMER: I received a free copy for purposes of review from Zonderkidz. I was not required to give a positive review, only a fair and honest one. My opinions are my own.
Written in free-flowing, poetic style, popular children's book author Sally Lloyd Jones turns the original Christmas story into something true, but different, in Song of the Stars.
"The world was about to change forever. And it almost went by unnoticed..." Jones begins. In the subsequent pages she imagines how nature might have reacted to the birth of the Savior. Leaves "rustle with a rumor," the wind "whispered it softly in the sycamore trees," a "big brown bear sniffed the air," "the skies shouted it to the seas that thundered it to the waves that roared it to the great white whales that sang it to the starfish in the deep"...and so on. Once in a while, an animal or plant cries, "It's time! It's time!," "Be glad!" "The Mighty King!", or "The Bright and Morning Star!"
The vivid illustrations by Alison Jay depict nature - presumably around the world - reacting to Jesus' birth, until finally we see Bethlehem with shepherds, sheep, and angels surrounding it, then a little barn, then a baby surrounded by animals, then the baby held by his mother and surrounded by animals, then Jesus' family. "Our Rescuer!" Mary cries, and all "gazed in wonder at God's great gift...Heaven's Son sleeping under the stars that he made."
What I Like: This picture book is unlike any Christmas book you've probably ever seen before. Jones' fresh take on the subject matter is based solidly on biblical fact, but shows plenty of imagination and creativity, too. I am reminded of Psalm 96, where the Bible says Jesus' return will be met with a roaring sea and rejoicing trees. Then would it be any wonder if nature rejoiced at his birth?
What I Dislike: Nothing.
Overall Rating: Very Good.
Kristina Seleshanko, Christian Children's Book Review