Skip to main content

Book Review: Little Star by Anthony DeStefano

I love children's Christmas books.  Shorty after Thanksgiving, I head to the library and bring home a large bag full of our Christmas classics.  I read them to the boys over and over again during the weeks of Advent.

But, I am always in search of new books that we can add to our list.  That is why I was so happy to get a chance to review a newly released book called Little Star by Anthony DeStefano.  Anthony DeStefano has also written This Little Prayer of Mine, A Travel Guide to Heaven and 10 Prayers God Always Says Yes To.

The Little Star is a unique retelling of the birth of Christ.  The book begins with a father telling his son the story of the Christmas Star.  All the stars know that the birth of the King is coming, and they are preparing for one of them to shine brightly for Him.  All except a star called Little Star.  He is a small star, whom the other stars believe is too small to shine brightly.  But, when Christ is born, Little Star is the only star that recognizes what a gift Christ gave the world when He humbled Himself to be born in a lowly manger, as a poor, simple, baby.  Because Little Star became so filled with the message of Christ's love, he burned so brightly so that the he could light and warm the stable for baby Jesus.

And the story goes on to explain that Little Star burned so brightly, and gave all he had that night, that he burned himself out.  But that we still remember Little Star today, by placing a star at the top of our tree each Christmas.

Personally, I loved the story.  I gave a brief description of the story, but to truly understand the depth of the story, you have to read it.  The story does a beautiful job of explaining why Christ coming as a child, and being born in a manger in Bethlehem was such an amazing gift.  The story is simple enough, that children can understand it.  It is entertaining enough to keep them captivated.  And, the kids will love the illustrations too (mine did!).  There is a deeper level in the story for both kids and adults.  The story sends the message that no matter who you are, no matter your size, or what others think of you, you can do great things for Christ.  You can "shine brightly" when you are filled with Christ.

I read this to my boys and they really liked it.  My 4 yr old has asked me to read it again and again.  I highly recommend this book.  It is a great addition to your Christmas reading list!  To purchase you own copy, go here.

*I did not receive any monetary compensation.  I did receive a copy of the book for the review.

Comments

  1. We loved this book as well! I am about to order copies for friends & Godchildren.

    What a wonderful book!

    ReplyDelete

Post a Comment

Popular posts from this blog

Fasting and the Current State of Our Church

I love researching diets.  If it is new and popular, I probably have read about it some and maybe have even tried it.  Lately, fasting has gained popularity.  You can find books that will provide research on just how good fasting is for the body.  And, I have been intrigued, mainly because I am horrible at fasting and the thought of restricting myself from eating food completely sounds too extreme. 



As Catholics we are called to days of fasting and abstinence, and for as strong as I like to think I am, I am quite a wimpy "faster."  But, after reading a great deal about fasting and its physical benefits, I started to feel like God was asking me to get more serious about fasting, not for the physical benefits but for the spiritual ones.  My husband and I were out for a walk the other night and I was talking about my new found respect for fasting and how I feel called to do it more, for spiritual reasons, and I started to speak about how amazing it is that fasting has so many …

Settling In

I find it ironic that the last post I posted was about our move that did not happen and how God wanted me to be moldable.  When I typed those words and prayed those words, "God make me moldable," "Move to Wisconsin" was NOT what I was envisioning.  But, sometimes God's will is surprising and unexpected.

So, here we are.  18 days as Wisconsinites.  So many people have called and texted, asking me how we are doing and I often find my words fall short.  I am better at reflecting and writing out my thoughts, so this is for all those who have asked and are wondering . . .


We are doing well.  The move has felt very natural in so many ways.  It feels comfortable here. I haven't felt out of place or a "fish out of water" here at all. The kids all like it here.  Some miss their friends tremendously, which is expected.  One of my "littles" has shown some regression, also expected, but everyone is adjusting so well to the new house and neighborhood. …

Simple Woman's Daybook - Back to School Edition

Outside my window...
It is cold!

I am thinking...
About starting up school again today . . . back the the "grind." I happy to get back into our routine again.

I am thankful for...
Having some time to sit and blog!

I am wearing...
Fleece lounge pants with little green frogs on them! I love wearing these when it is cold.

I am remembering...
All the great times we had as a family the past two weeks.

I am going...
To work on my long to-do list!

I am currently reading...
Nothing . . . I am in the mood for a good novel, but I am not sure which . . . any suggestions?

I am hoping...
That my leg heals quickly so that I can start running again this week. I have something called Anterior Compartment Syndrome in my left leg. I have not run much in the last three weeks and now I have not even been able to workout this past week (by physical therapist's orders). I miss running and working out. I am so much happier and easier to live with when I start my day with exercise.

On my mind...
I am really …