Song of the Stars: A Christmas Story

Song of the Stars: A Christmas Story

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by Sally Lloyd-Jones, Alison Jay

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The Song of the Stars, written by best-selling author Sally Lloyd-Jones, is a Christmas book that explores the joy and excitement and celebration in all of creation at the coming of Jesus.See more details below

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The Song of the Stars, written by best-selling author Sally Lloyd-Jones, is a Christmas book that explores the joy and excitement and celebration in all of creation at the coming of Jesus.

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 dimensions:
10.60(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
4 - 7 Years

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'I love Sally Lloyd-Jones's books. I can't wait to read it to my granddaughter.' — Kathy Keller

'The Psalms tell us that the created order now declares the glory of God (Psalms 19 and 65) and that when Jesus returns even the trees will sing for joy (Psalm 96). How fitting, then, to imagine the animals and stars sensing and rejoicing in the coming of Christ the first time. This is a lovely book!' — Tim Keller, , Pastor

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