Book Review: Anthony DeStefano's Little Star

Little Star: LadyD Books

Matthew 2:1-10
"After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi[a] from the east came to Jerusalem and asked, “Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.”  When King Herod heard this he was disturbed, and all Jerusalem with him.  When he had called together all the people’s chief priests and teachers of the law, he asked them where the Messiah was to be born. “In Bethlehem in Judea,” they replied, “for this is what the prophet has written: ‘But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; for out of you will come a ruler who will shepherd my people Israel.’” Then Herod called the Magi secretly and found out from them the exact time the star had appeared. He sent them to Bethlehem and said, “Go and search carefully for the child. As soon as you find him, report to me, so that I too may go and worship him.” After they had heard the king, they went on their way, and the star they had seen when it rose went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child was. When they saw the star, they were overjoyed."

Pat Boone reads Little Star

My Review

Have you ever known someone who just seems to give their all to the task at hand? Or how about that  little one who is multi-talented?

Well, I just finished reading a picture book called Little Star by Anthony DeStefano provided by WaterBrook Press for review. It's a delightful children's book that any parent or grandparent will enjoy reading together. I recommend this one for your personal library and Sunday school library, too. In fact, once again WaterBrook Press provides an excellent gift book for boys and girls that are on your Christmas list.

Little Star

The story begins with a warm, tender discussion between a father and his son about the Christmas star. The enchanting illustrations by Mark Elliott compliment the author's text perfectly. I love the way little star feels a bit sad about his tiny size (trying to figure out his purpose) and hears some story amidst the community of stars (much larger stars) about a rumor of a king being born. 

My favorite sentence is "“I think I understand!” Little Star cried out. “The baby Jesus IS a king! He’s just little!”

This Little Star of Bethlehem gets the King's message of love and burns brightly to keep baby Jesus warm. Perhaps it seems a bit sad to read of a star's legacy to burn ever so brightly only to burn oneself out but his great reward from the Father is to be remembered each Christmas, as tradition goes for many, to place a star on top a tree to celebrate Jesus' birthday. I found this to be a sweet story for everyone.  5*

"The true light that gives light to every man was coming into the world." 
              -- John 1:9

About the Author

Anthony DeStefano is the bestselling author of A Travel Guide to Heaven, Ten Prayers God Always Says Yes To, This Little Prayer of Mine, and I Just Can't Take it Anymore!  
Mark Elliott's brilliant illustrations have appeared in many picture books and novels for young readers, including Gail Carson Levine's ever-popular Princess Tales series. His acclaimed artwork delivers inspiration, wonder, and timeless beauty on every page.

Product Details

  • Reading level: Ages 4-8
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: WaterBrook Press (August 10, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307458059
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307458056

Another review by the same author: This-little-prayer-of-mine.

“You can’t get a cup of tea big enough or a book long enough to suit me." C. S. Lewis