Catholic Book Review: Little Star by Anthony DeStefano

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I often shy away from reviewing children’s books, even when the authors offer them to me for free. I find it so much harder than “regular” books, in part because I have to involve other people (my kids) in the review process. I think there’s also less wiggle room for a good book when it comes to the children’s genre.

But I couldn’t say no to Little Star, the latest by Anthony DeStefano. For one thing, the author’s email was a delight. For another…look at that cover. (Yes, I know. I’m advocating judging a book by its cover.)

I’ve had this book sitting on my desk, waiting to write this review, for a couple of weeks. There’s been more than just my own procrastination at play, though (and I can’t fully blame the baby)…my girls, especially my three-year-old, keep finding it on my desk and claiming it.

That’s not not the only reason I highly recommend this for every child on your shopping list. It has great illustrations and a simple narrative. Within the story, there’s a Christmas message that’s quaint and thought-provoking: my five-year-old has brought up parts of it since our first reading about a month ago.

The premise behind the book is a retelling of the Nativity story, focusing on the star of Bethlehem. This star is a sort of outcast, and he finds himself with a bit of a mission, one that he takes on out of love for the newborn Savior.

I look forward to many years of reading Little Star with the children in my life. Highly recommended.

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Copyright 2010 Sarah Reinhard

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When she’s not chasing kids, chugging coffee, or juggling work, Sarah Reinhard’s usually trying to stay up read just one…more…chapter. She writes and works in the midst of rural farm life with little ones underfoot. She is part of the team for the award-winning Catholic Mom’s Prayer Companion, as well as the author of a number of books. You can join her for a weekday take on Catholic life by subscribing to Triple Take, from Our Sunday Visitor.

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