Children’s Book Review: Little Star

A King is about to be born! The stars in the heavens are competing to shine the brightest to celebrate his birth. But when they see the poor family, the donkey, the shabby stable, the stars all think, That can’t possibly be a king. We’ve been fooled.

All except one. The smallest, loneliest star in the sky, Little Star, is the only one to understand what the king is about to bring to the world. But what can Little Star do for him?

A few weeks ago, I was contacted by best-selling author Anthony DeStefano about reviewing his latest Children’s Book, Little Star. As I was humbled and honored by his request and, of course, I jumped at the chance.

Mr. DeStefano’s book has all of the elements of the traditional Christmas Story, told from the perspective of the stars in the heavens. The story of the Nativity is intertwined with themes of self-worth, perseverence and ultimately, self-sacrifice out of love for others. (hmm… sound familiar?)

For me, the mark of a “good” Children’s book is if it can make me cry and this one certainly does that (and for those of you who do not know me personally, I do not cry easily.) The illustrations by Mark Elliot are beautifully rendered and are works of art in of themselves. My eldest daughter, the three year old, loves this book and calls it her “Twinkle, twinkle, little star” book and right now, really wants it back. *smile*

If you are looking for a nice addition to your family Christmas traditions, please pick up a copy of Little Star. While the text is easily designed for children aged 3-8, children of all ages will love and appreciate this heartwarming tale.

Want a chance to win your very own, autographed by the author, copy of Little Star? Well… all you have to to is leave a comment below with your favorite Christmas tradition or Service Project. For an additional entry, Become a Fan of Caffeinated Catholic Mama on FaceBook!

Entries will be accepted until Monday, December 13 at 11:59p (CST) and the winner will be drawn by random number generator on Tuesday December 14th.

Pax Christi!

(I was provided a review copy of Little Star by the author, in exchange for my honest review.)



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9 responses to “Children’s Book Review: Little Star

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  2. Dawn Hamilton

    The tradition that my parents did with me and my siblings (I have modified a little with my family)was to go to Church for the Christmas Eve Vigil Mass. Then, we would come home, have dinner, decorate the tree, and then, give us a new pair of pajamas on Christmas Eve. Then, we would read a Christmas story and go to bed. We still do Mass with my parents and then dinner and decorate their tree. Then, we come home for the kids to get their new pj’s and a Christmas story with the entire family.

  3. Wendy

    My sister and I used to take turns moving the bear
    On our Advent calendar. I loved the anticipation
    And still am searching for something equally fun
    For my little ones ( my sis took the calendar:().
    Recently I’ve enjoyed traditions in general as
    My family grows and changes 🙂

    • It’s too bad we didn’t get together last year. A few of us ladies are doing the Jesse Tree (hence the post, duh.) The Bear is really understanding it more this year, plus it gives the chance to paint on our windows.

  4. Kristine

    I am looking for more spiritual ideas.
    My families main tradition was to have grasshoppers on Christmas Eve.
    I started the Christmas PJ’s on Christmas Eve a couple of years ago, too.

  5. Jeff Mays

    We get a Christmas tree the Saturday after Thanksgiving and the kids name it…..we have had Nicholas and other “Christmasy sounding names, but for some reason this year’s tree is named Marge.

  6. Congratulations to Kristine!! Chosen by Random Number Generator as the winner of the Autographed copy of Little Star!!

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