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What Star Is This?
     

What Star Is This?

by Joseph Slate, Alison Jay (Illustrator)
 
As Mary and Joseph traveled to Bethlehem, another journey was taking place. High above the earth, a comet flew through the atmosphere with a purpose. Past smiling planets and reverent constellations it flew -- a magical light to show the way for the Wise Men to find Baby Jesus. Lyrical language and stunning paintings illuminate this enchanting journey that kids will

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As Mary and Joseph traveled to Bethlehem, another journey was taking place. High above the earth, a comet flew through the atmosphere with a purpose. Past smiling planets and reverent constellations it flew -- a magical light to show the way for the Wise Men to find Baby Jesus. Lyrical language and stunning paintings illuminate this enchanting journey that kids will want to follow Christmas after Christmas.

Editorial Reviews

Lori Smith
What Star Is This?, by Joseph Slate…illustrated by Alison Jay …provides a fresh perspective on the Christmas story of the bright star that guided worshipers to the manger. The picture book follows the small comet from where it begins "in an icy ring through the deep dark sky," as it sails through constellations and around planets, leading wise men and shepherds to the true star of the story, the baby Jesus.
—The Washington Post
Publishers Weekly
Everyone knows where the bright Christmas star leads, but did anyone ever wonder where it came from? In this sort of prequel to the Nativity, Slate (the Miss Bindergarten books) imagines, in rhyming couplets (with the title refrain), the origins of the celestial body that helps announce Jesus' birth to the world. Jay's (Picture This) crackle-varnished oils featuring a baby comet racing through blue-black deep space past the planets and constellations exude a playful folk-art charm. Ages 4-up. (Sept.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
The author of the Miss Bindergarten series turns his attention to the Christmas star in this creative explanation for the stellar phenomenon that led the Wise Men and the shepherds to Bethlehem. In just a few lines of simple, rhyming text, Slate introduces the concept of comets, with one particular comet blasting on a special errand toward Earth. This comet is personified as a character, with a face like the man in the moon, and its particular mission is spreading good will as it lights the way for those seeking "the One." The repeated refrain of the titular question is neatly answered with a double meaning by angels who point out that "the Star" everyone is seeking is actually the Christ Child. Jay's stunning illustrations in folk-art style are in oils with a crackled finish that imparts an ancient air, though the layout and dramatically dark backgrounds are distinctly modern. The text is set in an unusual typeface, often flowing through the illustrations in white against midnight-blue skies, echoing the comet's careening path through space. (Picture book. 3-7)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780399240140
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
09/15/2005
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
9.40(w) x 9.24(h) x 0.37(d)
Lexile:
AD380L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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