Reviewer Conny Withay:Operating her own business in office management since 1991, Conny is an avid reader, volunteers reading the Bible to the elderly, and makes handmade jewelry. A cum laude graduate with a degree in art living in the Pacific Northwest, she is married with two sons, two daughter-in-laws, and one granddaughter.
Author: Anthony DeStefano
Illustrator: Mark Elliot
Publisher: Harvest House Publishers
“You see, Little Star did a wonderful thing that night in Bethlehem. He gave his life so the baby Jesus could be warm. And God gave him a great reward in return. Little Star will be remembered forever and ever,” a father tells his son in Anthony DeStefano’s children’s book, Little Star.
This unnumbered forty page hardbound book is targeted toward ages four years old and above, especially preschoolers. Using the New King James version of the Bible, the author takes a wide range of liberties in regard to the star that appeared during the birth of Christ. Artist Mark Elliot’s illustrations range from small designs on worded pages, to cartoonish expressive stars against dark cosmic backgrounds, and detailed, extensive scenes of Jesus’s birth or a father conversing with his son.
This reader wishes all pronouns and names of God were capitalized for reverence.
In this fanciful tome that tries to blend a star on the Christmas tree’s meaning to the star during the nativity, a son gazes up at space, asking his father where the Christmas star is located. The father states the star no longer exists and begins to tell his child why.
Fictionally stated, there was a small male star in the farthest corner of the universe that was sad and lonely, never “twinkle-talking” with other stars. When a special King will be born on earth, the star that shines the brightest on Him would receive a reward.
When the King is born in a lonely stable, the other stars state they have been fooled but Little Star realized the baby Jesus is the King who came to love all, no matter how small or poor they are.
Since Little Star was the only star that understood the love of Christ, he shone the brightest down on Bethlehem. The other stars were afraid Little Star was burning so brightly that he would burn himself out.
When the star’s light burns out, the father tells his son that he has not really burned out but now sits brightly lit on the top of Christmas trees to remind us how he kept baby Jesus warm.
With little Biblical structure or basis, this may be a cute story for a very young child but may also confuse one with the true story of the actual birth of our Savior in the Bible.
This book was furnished by Harvest House Publishers in lieu of an unbiased review.