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Star Mother's Youngest Child Hardcover – September 26, 2005


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 3
  • Hardcover: 48 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers; 30 Anv edition (September 26, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0618616837
  • ISBN-13: 978-0618616831
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 5.4 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #294,909 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Word and picture perfect." Booklist, ALA, Starred Review
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About the Author

Louise Moeri is the author of many books for young readers, but Star Mother's Youngest Child was her first. She lives in California.

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The illustrations are beautiful too!
OnionLass
I have read this book EVERY year for the past 15 years and I just read it again.
Lilledahl
It is my all time favorite holiday read-aloud.
M. Demarsh

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 7, 2001
Format: Hardcover
For as long as I can remember, every Christmas Eve my family would gather around my dad as he read this story to us. Although we are all adults now, and two spouses have entered the family, we all still look forward to hearing this story read aloud. We practically know it by heart. It captures the warmth and beauty of the simplicity of sharing, with humorous characters and perfect illustrations to match. And I know the tradition will continue on in our own families.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 10, 1999
Format: Hardcover
If you are looking to capture the essence of giving, joy and companionship this is the book. Although it is a "Christmas" story it extends far beyond any celebration or holiday to a celebration of life, giving and appreciating what we have. Like Byrd Baylor's THE OTHER WAY TO LISTEN, this book harkens to what is invisible to the eye. That sense of that connection of heart and spirit shared be all living things, whether you come from the stars or live seemingly old and alone on the outskirts of village which has long forgotten you are there. It is an answer to the age old question, What does last forever? A must for any serious collector of children's books!!!!!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 22, 2001
Format: Hardcover
If you want to start a Christmas tradition for your children, their children and following generations...this is THE book to have. It's a story about giving, sharing and all those important ideals we want our children to carry with them into adulthood.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Lilledahl on December 10, 1999
Format: Paperback
I have read this book EVERY year for the past 15 years and I just read it again. I laugh and then I cry and then when it's over I hold it tight for just a minute to make sure the happy feeling lasts! My grandchilren are old enough now for us to enjoy it together...and we will.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 1, 1997
Format: Hardcover
My mother has bought me a Christmas book every year since I was born. She writes the year and my age on the first page. She gave me Star Mother when I was eleven and it is a joyous story that I have been returning to for the past thirteen years. When I feel lonely or melancholy I will read it and it always warms up my heart and I can feel the love that all human beings are capable of giving. It's a tremendous example of the universal desire for companionship and love
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 2, 1998
Format: Hardcover
This book is humorous and the plot is cleverly presented. I have read to this book to my Second Graders for 6 or 7 years. It is always well received. The language is highly descriptive and a joy to read. You can picture both characters asking "Is this too much to ask?" Enjoy it!
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This is a quiet little Christmas story, subtle, a fable for adults and older children. I first purchased a copy 30 years ago and was delighted to see it was being re-released. I sent 17 copies to friends and sharing this little story was a highlight of the holiday for me.

It has wonderful dense illustrations by Trina Schart Hyman, an illustrator of hundreds of books, and also a founder and frequent contributor to "Cricket", a quality magazine for children.

The story tells of a lonely woman who is unexpectedly visited by an "ugly child" and how that experience slowly opens her heart. Who hasn't felt a bit grumpy, been cheered by a visit from a friend, or longed for the feeling of "enough"? Really, you must read it!!
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Format: Hardcover
This is a timeless tale that transcends the hype and materialistic madness that have ruined Christmas. The gentle and simple message of this story can be read and heard over and over again with fresh delight each time. I'm so very happy that this book is still in print. It is my all time favorite holiday read-aloud. I have given the book to everyone in my family and many close friends as well.
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