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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 and up
  • Grade Level: Preschool and up
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: WaterBrook Press (August 10, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307458059
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307458056
  • Product Dimensions: 0.3 x 8.6 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (155 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #604,309 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Anthony DeStefano is the bestselling author of A Travel Guide to Heaven, Ten Prayers God Always Says Yes To, This Little Prayer of Mine, and I Just Can't Take it Anymore!  
Mark Elliott
's brilliant illustrations have appeared in many picture books and novels for young readers, including Gail Carson Levine's ever-popular Princess Tales series. His acclaimed artwork delivers inspiration, wonder, and timeless beauty on every page.

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“Dad, which one is the Christmas star?” the boy asked, straining his eyes as he looked out at the clear, dark sky.
 
The father, smiling, looked down at his son. “Don’t hurt your eyes looking for him. You won’t find him. He’s not up there anymore.”
 
“Where is he? Where did he go?”
 
“You mean I never told you the story of the Christmas star before?”
 
“No, Dad, never.” The boy shook his head. “Please tell me.”
 
Well, a long time ago, in the farthest corner of the universe, there was a tiny star. In fact, he was the smallest star in the heavens. His name was Little Star.
 
Little Star was sad and lonely. The other stars didn’t make fun of him. They simply ignored him because he was so tiny. But what can be worse for a star than to be ignored? After all, stars do little more than decorate the sky. They help pass the long evenings by “twinkle-talk.”
 
And there was a lot of twinkling going on. The other
stars were all talking about a rumor they had heard
for ages—a rumor that a king would soon be born
on a faraway planet called Earth.
 
It was known that the king had a special message
that would change the whole world forever.

More About the Author

Anthony DeStefano is the best-selling author of five Christian books for adults: "A Travel Guide to Heaven", "Ten Prayers God Always Says Yes To", "Angels All Around Us", "I Just Can't Take it Anymore" (a photo-gift book), and "A Travel Guide to Life- Transforming Yourself from Head to Soul." Anthony has also written several bestselling children's books, including: "This Little Prayer of Mine", "Little Star", "The Donkey No One Could Ride", "A Travel Guide to Heaven for Kids", and "The Sheep that No One Could Find."

Anthony is the host of the television series, "A Travel Guide to Life", broadcast on the Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN). He has received many awards and honors from religious communities throughout the world. In 2002, he was given an honorary Doctorate from the Joint Academic Commission of the National Clergy Council and the Methodist Episcopal Church for "the advancement of Christian beliefs in modern culture." The commission is made up of outstanding Evangelical, Orthodox and Protestant theologians and educators.

Anthony is a Knight of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta, the oldest Order in the Catholic Church. He is an avid pilot, a successful businessman, and a longtime pro-life activist.

He has appeared on many national television and radio programs, including Fox's America's Newsroom, Fox and Friends, CNN, the 700 Club, Focus on the Family Radio, and Janet Parshall's "In the Market." His books have been endorsed by Dr. James Dobson, Pastor Jack Hayford, Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Cardinal Renato Martino, Archbishop Rino Fisichella, Regis Philbin, Quincy Jones, Delilah, Pat Boone, Mark Taylor, William Bennett, Lee Iacocca, Dr. Paul Cedar, Dr. Dick Eastman, Bernice King--daughter of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and many others.

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Customer Reviews

The book is very easy to read, and captured the attention of both of my young children.
Shirley Rempel
One of our family Christmas traditions is the addition each season of a new book to our Christmas book trunk.
JB
This Little Star of Bethlehem gets the King's message of love and burns brightly to keep baby Jesus warm.
LadyD

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

49 of 51 people found the following review helpful By Karen in Mommyland TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 10, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I was recently presented with the opportunity to review Anthony DeStefano's Little Star. Little Star is a Christmas story for young children. It is beautifully illustrated by Mark Elliot. The illustrations remind me a bit of The Polar Express. I found myself gazing at many of the illustrations for several minutes. My five year old spent a good twenty minutes flipping though the book to just look at the pictures after I had read the book to her. She was equally captivated by the illustrations.

I was impressed by the sweet story of Little Star. The focus of Little Star's is the birth of Jesus. Without giving away the story, Little Star gives his best to recognize the birth of the little king who was born in the most humble circumstances. Children learn about the real Christmas story as Little Star experienced it.

I like this story because it's not one of those Christmas stories that's focused on the secular aspects of the holiday, instead, the story's focus is precisely where it belongs, on Christ. The story's meaning is very easily conveyed to young children. I'm sure this book will be well received by children between the ages of three to eight.

I was provided with a review copy of this book, by the author in exchange for my honest review.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Amazingsix on November 1, 2010
Format: Hardcover
The book is about a King that is about to be born. The stars in heaven are competing as to who will shine the brightest to celebrate his birth. But when they see the poor family, the donkey, the stable, the stars don't believe he is the king. One little star does.

This book is beautifully illustrated on every page, and definitely a great book to read to your kids or give as a gift!

Last night my husband read the book to our kids in bed and they got into the story, was happy for the star, and then sad until they saw how it ended and rejoiced. They completely got into and loved all the pictures. It was a hit with our little group! What a great present to get for your child, little family member or friend for Christmas!
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By themommyanswer on October 30, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I'm always looking for Biblically based Christmas stories for my children. I am thrilled with Little Star, as it gives a fresh and creative perspective on the birth of Jesus. Tears came to my eyes when I came to the part of the story where the star gets it. "... Little Star was the only one to understand the king's message. His message was love." What a wonderful way to capture the purpose behind this once ever event. Anthony Destano has hit the bulls-eye once again.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Anne Bender on November 12, 2010
Format: Hardcover
When my children were small, we used to pile on the couch, me in the middle with my daughter on my lap, and the boys on either side, sometimes sitting on the top of the couch so they could get a better view of the pictures, and we would spend hours each evening reading stories. Those were wonderful moments for my family and I do miss those storied evenings now that my children are so much older and read on their own.

So, when Anthony DeStefano asked me to take a look at his newest book for children, Little Star, and told me that it was about his effort to encapsulate the whole Christ story in the message of the incarnation, I was not only intrigued to see how he made that effort work, but I was also overcome with a sense of nostalgia for reading childrens books, and so I gladly accepted his offer. I am very glad that I did!

When the book arrived in the mail, I quickly glanced through it and decided I would wait to read it until I could invite my two youngest children, Jack-11, and Mary-9, to read it with me. I wanted their viewpoints on the book as well, since it is intended for children. The three of us shared a relaxing evening as we enjoyed the artwork of Mark Elliott (we especially loved Little Star's cowlick of hair!) and the enchantingly uplifting story of Little Star. When we finished reading the book, I asked my children if they understood what the story was about, and without missing a beat, Mary answered, "It's about the death and resurrection of Jesus." Her response made it obvious that the object of the story came through loud and clear.

Through the viewpoint of the stars in heaven, one little loner star rose to a lofty position as the only one who recognized the importance of a king born in a cold and humble stable.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Daneygurl on November 9, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Got this book about a week ago & read it to the kiddos right away. Even my 8 yr old loved it! Great illustrations as well.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By JH on December 5, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I was looking for a good Christmas story for my 4-year old daughter and was excited to receive this book for review in exchange for an honest opinion.

As taken from the back cover of the book, "A king is about to be born! The stars in the heavens are competing to shine the brightest to celebrate his birth. But when they see the poor family, the donkey, the shabby stable, the stars all think, That can't possibly be a king. We've been fooled." Well, all the stars but one think that and this is the story of that one little star. Little Star is a bit different from the other stars and is ignored by them as a result. He alone recognizes the importance of the event he's witnessed and in an effort to love and warm the baby Jesus, he winds up "burning himself out".

The illustrations, by Mark Elliott, (especially the nativity scenes) are beautiful. The illustrations depicting the story of Little Star and the other stars and seem a little out of place. They are done in a different style - almost cartoonish compared to the more realistic scenes of the father/son storyline and the nativity.

The story is passed along from father to son and tries to make a connection as to why many people put a star on top of their trees at Christmas time. The story is cute and there was a nice lesson to be learned from it. However, I felt like there were 3 different stories going on in this children's book and it could be confusing for younger children. I somewhat liked the tie to our traditions of using stars on top of our Christmas trees, but that almost seemed like a fourth story idea. I was a little bothered by the ending that every Christmas, people put stars on top of their trees to remember Little Star. Overall, it was a cute book, but I would give it a 3 out of 5 stars due to the disjointed illustrations and numerous story lines going on.
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