Sunday, March 6, 2011

Little Star by Anthony DeStefano ... Book Review

The book Little Star  by Anthony DeStefano is a book that is destined to become a Christmas standard for me. The book, published by WaterBrook Press is a poignant story about a star who was the smallest star in the sky. The story of Little Star is told by a father to his young son about a star  who was very sad. His sadness had its origin in the fact that Little Star was completely ignored by all of the other stars simply because he was so small and could add little to the night sky.

It quickly becomes apparent to the reader that Little Star became the star that shone to herald the birth of Jesus.  He gave his all to shine for that one special night so that the baby Jesus would be warm. He worked so hard to shine that he gave his life, completely burned himself out, and was seen no more. However, each Christmas he is remembered as people all around the world  place a star at the top of their Christmas trees.

The artwork in this story, while quite simplistic, is very appealing and will attract the attention of a small child. Even small children can readily see the lessons that are taught in this simple little tale. One lesson is that, no matter how small or insignificant we may feel, God can and will use us for His kingdom's work.  Each of us has a gift of some sort that can be used for God's service. Another lesson that a young child can learn from Little Star is that God will richly reward those who are willing to dedicate themselves to Him .

This book is one that I look forward to sharing both with my grandsons and the kindergarten students at school next Christmas. While it is obvious that the book does not adhere to the Biblical account, it is also plain to see that it is a work of fiction and that does not detract in any way from the lessons that are demonstrated.  It is a timeless tale that can be told anew each year and the story will remain fresh and its lessons will remain relevant.

I received this book from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing as part of their Blogging for Books program. I was not obligated to provide a positive review and I received no compensation in return for my review.

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