Mark D. Roberts


Sometimes it seems like the Christmas children’s stories mostly have nothing to do with Jesus. There are some wonderful exceptions, of course, like the story told in A Charlie Brown Christmas. Now I have nothing against the secular tales for young folks. I’m a big fan of Rudolf and Elf is one of my favorite Christmas movies. But I always keep my eyes open for fictional stories that reflect or point to the true STORY of Christmas.

I have just discovered a delightful new children’s book that tells the real Christmas story in a delightfully creative way, by focusing on the experience of the star that shone above the the stable in Bethlehem. Little Star, by Anthony DeStafano, is perfect for young children. Mine would have called it a “picture book” not a “chapter book.” The publisher says it’s just right for children ages 4 to 8. It’s 40 pages contain, not only a sweet story, but also fabulous illustrations by Mark Elliott.

So, if you’re looking for a gift for a young child, or if you’re a parent or grandparent or friend of such a child and are looking for a Christian Christmas book, I highly recommend Little Star.

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