Star Mother's Youngest Child

Overview

Once upon a Christmas, there was an old woman who lived in a hut at the edge of the forest, with only her old dog, Uproar, to keep her company. The old woman had only one wish: to celebrate a real Christmas, with a tree and presents and candles and food. Just once.

High up in the heavens, Star Mother’s youngest child makes a wish, too. “Mother!” he wails, “just once I want to celebrate Christmas like they do down there!” So Star Mother sends ...

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Overview

Once upon a Christmas, there was an old woman who lived in a hut at the edge of the forest, with only her old dog, Uproar, to keep her company. The old woman had only one wish: to celebrate a real Christmas, with a tree and presents and candles and food. Just once.

High up in the heavens, Star Mother’s youngest child makes a wish, too. “Mother!” he wails, “just once I want to celebrate Christmas like they do down there!” So Star Mother sends him to earth, where he finds a hut and knocks on the door . . .

In this original, heartwarming fable, Louise Moeri tells the story of an unlikely friendship and how it made two Christmas wishes come true.

"In three words I can state clearly why I wanted to be a part of the children's book field: Trina Schart Hyman. In 1975, the year I graduated from college, I won a literary prize for my own writing and with the money I bought books. One book in particular altered the course of my life: STAR MOTHER'S YOUNGEST CHILD. Both the story and Trina's heartfelt illustrations propelled me to be a part of the wondrous world of children's books. I still have my first edition copy, a bit tattered from frequent readings and poring over Trina's artwork. Whenever I needed encouragement this book, with all its magic, gave me that artistic boost." Olivier Dunrea, author.

The grumpy old woman had never properly celebrated Christmas until the year that the Star Mother's youngest child came to earth to find out what Christmas was all about.

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Editorial Reviews

Jabari Asim
Young readers will find much to think about in the entertaining Star Mother's Youngest Child. Louise Moeri's strange, enchanting holiday tale was first published 30 years ago. This new anniversary edition proves that the story has lost none of its riveting power…Trina Schart Hyman's illustrations, rendered cleanly in black and white, provide the ideal complement to this memorable tale.
—The Washington Post
From the Publisher
"Word and picture perfect." Booklist, ALA, Starred Review
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780618615094
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 9/1/2005
  • Edition description: Anniversary
  • Edition number: 30
  • Pages: 50
  • Sales rank: 828,870
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.12 (d)

Meet the Author

Louise Moeri is the author of many books for young readers, but Star Mother's Youngest Child was her first. She lives in California.

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  • Posted November 8, 2010

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    One of my favorite Christmas book

    It's a sweet story between an old woman and a boy from the stars who demands to know everything about Christmas.

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