My boys love books. I always try to find different books for each season, both to keep their interest and to keep from going insane from the repetition.
Something that is really important to me is teaching my children the real reason for Christmas. While Santa, Rudolph, Elves, and even the Grinch are fun and staples around here, I also want to read my boys stories about Jesus.
Little Star, written by Anthony DeStefano and illustrated by Mark Elliot, is one such book. It starts out with a little boy looking out his window for the Christmas Star. His father tells him that it isn’t up there anymore and begins to tell the story of Little Star.
There was a tiny star who was ignored by the other stars because he was so much smaller than they were. The stars all knew there was a king coming and a reward was going to be given to the star who shined the brightest on the night the new king was born.
When Baby Jesus was born, only Little Star understood that Jesus could have chosen to be born in a palace and be rich and important. But, instead, he wanted to be born little and poor to show the world that no matter what, he loved everyone. He understood the message of love.
Little Star burned as brightly as he could until he burned himself out.
The father explained to his son that Little Star’s reward was that he would never be forgotten, that that is the reason people all over the world put a star on top of their Christmas trees every year.
This book was a little too long to hold the attention of my two year-old. But, my four and five year-olds enjoyed it. While it’s a picture book, it’s a little on the longer side, so even elementary age kids would enjoy it.
I liked the storyline, too. It definitely had a message. We are adding it to our collection of Christmas reading.