Review of Little Star, by Anthony DeStefano, illustrated by Mark Elliiott.
Little Star’s illustrations are beautifully detailed in life-like fashion. My 4-year old granddaughter, Liberty, and I read the book several times. She listened and sat still for the story two times in a row.
Little Star wrestles with the issue of peer pressure when the other stars ignore him due to his small size and different beliefs. My granddaughter felt sad for Little Star when the other stars didn’t pay attention to him and he didn’t get sparkled and dusted by long-tailed comets like they did. The other stars didn’t agree or believe a King would be born poor and in a lowly manger. Little Star didn’t listen to the other stars, but instead did what he knew to be right and true by burning brighter and brighter to warm the newborn baby even to the point of burning out.
Liberty recalled her Sunday school class Christmas program from a year ago when the innkeeper said there was no room for baby Jesus in the Inn and began to recite the words to the song she had memorized. Later, while when we visited a friend’s house, she commented about the star on top of their Christmas tree and immediately said, “That’s like Little Star!”
One suggestion: I would have liked to read about Little Star pointing the way for the wise men to come worship baby Jesus making the story truer to the actual biblical account.
Little Star is a delightful story for the young and the young-at-heart!
(Note: I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.)