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Little Star Hardcover – August 10, 2010
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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.
Top customer reviews
It is a simple and heartfelt story without any commercialism or a hidden agenda. It is a story about love, faith, courage, acceptance and strength.
I highly recommend it because it is a universal in its appeal.
For centuries the "Christmas star" has referred to the one that led the Three Kings from the East to the Christ Child, "and so it continued both day and night." ("The First Noel.") This is the traditional star that's on our Christmas tree.
Unfortunately, the book "Little Star" mixes this real, time-honored star with an invented modern star whose story contradicts the original Bible story - and that troubles us.
Additionally, we didn't like the idea that a "real" star sacrificed his life and was rewarded by returning as, gasp - a fake star? This isn't a fitting parallel to the Resurrection. (Even Pinocchio got to be a real boy.)
I know it's hard to keep Christ in Christmas these days, and we need good children's books to stir their hearts. But, let's stir them with biblical truth and not well-intended half-truths.
Little Star passed the Sadie test with flying colors. She sits and listens to it. She even went over and went through the books on the shelf and found it and brought it to me so that I would read it to her. It has become a holiday (and I have a feeling year round) favorite.
Little Star's story is one of sacrifice. It begins with a father telling his son the story of the Christmas star, which shown so brightly in the sky above Bethlehem on the night that Jesus was born. Little Star, as you can probably tell by his name, was not the biggest or the brightest of the stars in the sky, and was ignored by everyone. However, the fact that he was small helped him to see what the other stars missed on that first Christmas night and led him to make a sacrifice so great that he will never be forgotten and is part of Christmas celebrations to this day.
This sweet book with beautiful illustrations is a great addition to any Christmas library!