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Song of the Stars: A Christmas Story Hardcover – August 6, 2011
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"The Psalms tell us that the created order now declares the glory of God (Psalms 19 and 65) and that when Jesus returns even the trees will sing for joy (Psalm 96). How fitting, then, to imagine the animals and stars sensing and rejoicing in the coming of Christ the first time. This is a lovely book!" - Tim Keller, Redeemer Presbyterian Church, New York City --Endorsement from Pastor Tim Keller:
"I love Sally Lloyd-Jones's books. I can't wait to read it to my granddaughter." - Kathy Keller --Endorsement from Kathy Keller:
'I love Sally Lloyd-Jones's books. I can't wait to read it to my granddaughter.' -- Kathy Keller
'The Psalms tell us that the created order now declares the glory of God (Psalms 19 and 65) and that when Jesus returns even the trees will sing for joy (Psalm 96). How fitting, then, to imagine the animals and stars sensing and rejoicing in the coming of Christ the first time. This is a lovely book!' -- Tim Keller, Pastor
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"The world was about to change forever. And it almost went by unnoticed..." Jones begins. In the subsequent pages she imagines how nature might have reacted to the birth of the Savior. Leaves "rustle with a rumor," the wind "whispered it softly in the sycamore trees," a "big brown bear sniffed the air," "the skies shouted it to the seas that thundered it to the waves that roared it to the great white whales that sang it to the starfish in the deep"...and so on. Once in a while, an animal or plant cries, "It's time! It's time!," "Be glad!" "The Mighty King!", or "The Bright and Morning Star!"
The vivid illustrations by Alison Jay depict nature - presumably around the world - reacting to Jesus' birth, until finally we see Bethlehem with shepherds, sheep, and angels surrounding it, then a little barn, then a baby surrounded by animals, then the baby held by his mother and surrounded by animals, then Jesus' family. "Our Rescuer!" Mary cries, and all "gazed in wonder at God's great gift...Heaven's Son sleeping under the stars that he made."
What I Like: This picture book is unlike any Christmas book you've probably ever seen before. Jones' fresh take on the subject matter is based solidly on biblical fact, but shows plenty of imagination and creativity, too. I am reminded of Psalm 96, where the Bible says Jesus' return will be met with a roaring sea and rejoicing trees. Then would it be any wonder if nature rejoiced at his birth?
What I Dislike: Nothing.
Overall Rating: Very Good.
Kristina Seleshanko, Christian Children's Book Review
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