At All Times-Psalm 34:1

January 8, 2011

Christmas Book Review: “Little Star” for Little Ones

Please note: I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.

Little Star is a Christmas tale for children written by Anthony DeStefano. Narrated by a father speaking to his child, the book details the story of a small star that is ignored by all of the other stars. A special contest occurs when a great king is to be born on earth. When all the other stars see the lowliness of this baby’s birth, they turn away. Little Star is the only one able to understand this humble baby’s birth and out shines all the other stars, eventually shining himself to death (literally) for Jesus’ birth.

The story is not long and was received well by my son who is almost three. The most appealing part of this book is that it is great for articulating to small children about the humble nature of Christ’s birth. The book explains in simple terms that Jesus came in a very humble way so that he could identify with us, making this a good tool for communicating one of the many beautiful parts of the Christmas story. This truth touches Little Star deeply and is what moves him to shine so bright.

The only thing that may trouble some with the story is that it mixes clear Biblical truth about Christ’s birth with a legend about a talking star. It may be important to discern whether your child can understand the difference between the imaginary and the real. I certainly have no problem with books about talking stars at any age, but I do think it is important that we are careful with how we use make-believe when presenting the weightiest truths we have to share with our child.

Overall, this book is a good tool for teaching young children, and a sweet tale that they are likely to enjoy!


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