Thursday, March 3, 2011
Book Review: Little Star by Anthony DeStefano
Little Star by Anthony DeStefano is a children’s picture book that tells a tale of the Christmas Star. It begins with a little boy looking into the sky and asking his father which one is the Christmas star. His father proceeds to tell him that the star is no longer in the sky and the story of why it is not. The Little Star, the littlest of all the stars, was often ignored and overlooked by other stars. The other stars were busy preparing to shine for the new king to be born. The Little Star was watching Mary and Joseph on their travels and felt sorry for them. It seemed that they, like he, were unwanted. The bigger stars thought that a king wouldn’t be born like this and felt they were fooled. But the Little Star understood that Jesus was the king and chose to be born the poorest of the poor to show people that, “he loved them, no matter how small or poor they were.” Little Star shone so brightly on the king that he burned himself out. The boy was feeling sad when his father finished the story until his father reassures him that the Little Star isn’t gone but is remembered every Christmas on top of the trees.
This is a nice, hardbound book with appealing illustrations by Mark Elliot. I like the message in this book that Jesus came to love all, no matter how small or poor. This reassures children that God does love them, even though they are little. It also tells children that despite being little, you can still do great things for Jesus. After reading this story, a child will remember it every time they see a star at Christmas.
This book would make an excellent gift for the Christmas season for children 2-7.
Disclosure: I received a copy of this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for my honest review.