Tuesday, February 22, 2011

"Little Star" by, Anthony DeStefano

The book “Little Star” is a children’s picture book that captures the Christmas story through the eyes of a star. This story begins with a little boy looking out the window asking his father where the little star is that shone brightly to announce the birth of Jesus in Bethlehem. The father tells the story of the little star being too small and lonely that he got ignored just like Mary and Joseph got ignored when they were searching for an inn. The little star, although smaller than the others, spent all of his power to shine brightly so that Jesus could stay warm and others could find him to worship. It ends by describing that even though that star is no longer in the sky, that it is remembered when we put the star on the top of our Christmas tree every year.

This book was cute and showed a different interpretation than the typical Christmas stories, from the eyes of the star. It was a very creative idea but, I didn’t necessarily like all of the book’s wording. Although it did tell the story of Jesus’ birth, it also said that the star was meant to warm Jesus when really it was a sign that he was born and allowed a way for people to find him and worship him. All in all, this book was just alright. I am sure that I will read it to my daughter when she gets older but I don’t think that it will necessarily be a favorite Christmas story. I received a free copy of this book for an honest review through Waterbrook Multnomah Publishers.

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