Song of the Stars: A Christmas Story

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The skies shouted it to the seas that thundered it to the waves that roared it to the great white whales that sang it to the starfish in the deep. And tiny sandpipers danced it on shining sands… “It’s time! It’s time!” On one quiet night, creation whispered a secret. Grass and bees, robins and trees all spread the word. Sheep told their young while angels sang the song to the shepherds. Hushed news of a miracle echoed to the ends of the earth. The moment had come. The long-awaited child had arrived! Creation ...

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Overview

The skies shouted it to the seas that thundered it to the waves that roared it to the great white whales that sang it to the starfish in the deep. And tiny sandpipers danced it on shining sands… “It’s time! It’s time!” On one quiet night, creation whispered a secret. Grass and bees, robins and trees all spread the word. Sheep told their young while angels sang the song to the shepherds. Hushed news of a miracle echoed to the ends of the earth. The moment had come. The long-awaited child had arrived! Creation cried out in celebration, but only a few people heard. Only a few joined nature’s chorus, a song in praise of the newborn King.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Lloyd-Jones (How to Get a Job... by Me, the Boss) refreshes the Nativity story by placing it in the context of the animal kingdom, and not just the familiar sheep and cows at the stable. White whales sing, salmon leap, every single blade of grass around the world “squeak and hum” the news of the coming of “the One who made us.” Jay (I Took the Moon for a Walk) offers spread after spread of animals in motion, as they make a beeline for the manger, where they form a protective circle of snouts, noses, bills, and beaks around the baby. Jay’s paintings have her characteristic craquelure finish, adding an antique element to this fresh, circle-of-life take on the Christmas story. Ages 4–up. (Oct.)
Kirkus Reviews

A wide variety of animals from diverse environments feels the excitement of the impending event in Bethlehem, and many of them hurry along, crowding around the manger to welcome Baby Jesus.

The poetic text focuses on the mysterious, powerful forces that created a feeling of anticipation in the natural world at the time of the first Christmas. Animals, flowers, the wind, the skies and the sea all know that something miraculous is about to happen. The brief story effectively emphasizes the excitement of the animals and the involvement of all the natural forces in the important event. However, from a theological viewpoint, some of the text surrounding the birth of Jesus is beyond the developmental level of the intended audience. ("The One who made us has come to live with us!") Large-format illustrations in Jay's striking, signature style are presented in alternating formats across two-page spreads, in half circles, rectangles and ovals, effectively varying the presentation. Her paintings use a crackled overglaze that impart a folk-art look, along with slightly exaggerated proportions and flattened perspective.

The emotion-filled text conveys the excitement and wonder of the Nativity story, but Jay's stunning illustrations are the volume's best feature.(Picture book/religion. 3-6)

School Library Journal
K-Gr 3—A subtle, yet satisfying story about the impending arrival of the newborn King. Creatures great and small respond to a whisper of a "song" heard around the world and eagerly spread the news. "It's time! It's time! Get ready! Be glad!" Lloyd-Jones's lyrical language ("the leaves, that night, rustled with a rumor") and repetitive refrains make the text suitable for reading aloud. Jay's signature-style, crackle-varnish paintings are bright and effective in conveying a sense of eager anticipation and movement among the animals. Every scene includes an increasing glow in the sky, ultimately culminating in a single bright star whose light shines down on Heaven's Son. A charming addition to most collections.—Madeline J. Bryant, Los Angeles Public Library
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780310722915
  • Publisher: Zonderkidz
  • Publication date: 9/13/2011
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 177,506
  • Age range: 4 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.60 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Sally Lloyd-Jones
Sally Lloyd-Jones is a leading writer of inspirational books for children, with an expertise in conveying biblical truth to young children. She is the author of three bestselling children’s Bibles, including the Gold Book Award-winning Baby’s First Bible and, most recently, the Moonbeam Award Winner—The Jesus Storybook Bible. She has written many picture books for children, including Handbag Friends, Time to Say Goodnight and the critically acclaimed, How to Be a Baby: By Me, the Big Sister. A native of England, Sally lives in New York City and can be found at www.sallylloyd-jones.com.
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  • Posted December 27, 2012

    Ebook picture illustrations are very small

    I would not recommend the ebook version of this story. The story is wonderful but the picture illustrations are very small and an inconvenience to enlarge and to keep the attention of the child at the same time.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 18, 2013

    This is my all time favorite Christmas story. My 4 year old gran

    This is my all time favorite Christmas story. My 4 year old granddaughter loves it, and I am easily able to help her transfer her excitement about receiving presents on Christmas Day to the same excitement for the birth of Jesus that is built by God's creation through the beautiful illustrations and story text. Such a simple story with such profound meaning.

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    Your a dickface

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    Slave

    She gasps and starts to drip as he rams his dick into her. "What do you want me to do master?" she moans.

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