Friday, November 5, 2010

Book review: Little Star

This Christmas my son will be a bit over 3 years old, and my daughter will be 18 months old. (And I will be tired. But that's beside the point.)  This year I feel that the kids, especially Ethan, are old enough for our family to start spending some serious time talking about the Biblical Christmas story and about what Christmas is really about.  So I've been slowly accumulating kids' books to help explain things to them at a level that they can better understand.

The newest addition to my collection is a fabulous new book by Anthony DeStefano, called Little Star. This book has an incredible backstory- it was written when the author (who has published multiple bestselling books for adults) was just 15 years old.  Not only was it written when he was 15, it was a homework assignment for a creative writing class that was being taught by the Pulitzer Prize winning author, Frank McCourt.  The book remained unpublished for 30 years, but now it's finally out and about, and I'm so glad!

I think this is a fabulous addition to a family's Christmas book collection. It's the story of a little star who is so insignificant that he is totally ignored by all the other stars. But his small size and inability to shine brightly doesn't stop him from seeing the truth about the birth of the new king when others don't, and it certainly doesn't stop him from serving the new baby king in a very important way.  
Ethan reading Little Star
Vivian decides to check it out too

My kids are a little bit too young to understand all of the words and ideas in this book, but it certainly didn't stop them from really enjoying it. The first time we read it, Ethan made me read it through three times- and would have sat through it even more, if I hadn't asked for a break! The illustrations in the book are beautifully done and do an amazing job of bringing the story to life.

I think this book is going to be an important part of my family's Christmas tradition this year and for many years to come. If you're looking for a beautiful new Christmas book for your family's library, definitely take a look at this book!

Disclosure: This post was written for Family Review Network & Little Star who provided the complimentary product for review in exchange for my honest opinions. I was not compensated in any other way and all opinions posted here are mine and mine alone.