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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.

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

    What a wonderful book!

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