It's Christmas Eve. A child is struggling to stay awake near her Christmas tree when a voice she's never heard before rings out in the living room. Startled, she bolts out of her chair. The ornaments on the Christmas tree are talking! They want the child to decide, once and for all, which one of them is the star of Christmas. Is it Gift Box? Jolly Old Elf? Wise King? Gentle Dove? With joy and spunk, the child leads the ornaments to the magical, simple truth-and the deepest meaning of Christmas.
|Product dimensions:||9.10(w) x 11.20(h) x 0.30(d)|
|Age Range:||5 - 7 Years|
About the Author
Maria DiVencenzo (pen name Maria D. Wilkes) is the author of Little House in Brookfield, Little Town at the Crossroads, and Little Clearing in the Woods; all novels that depict the childhood of Laura Ingalls Wilder’s mother, Caroline. This is her first picture book. She lives in Clarence, New York. Elaine Verstraete is the illustrator of numerous children’s books, including Many Ways to Be a Soldier, Germ Hunter, and Shipwreck Search. She teaches illustration at the Rochester Institute of Technology. She lives in Middlesex, New York.
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The Star of Christmas is a recipient of the prestigious Mom's Choice Award. The Mom's Choice Awards® honors excellence in family-friendly media, products and services. An esteemed panel of judges includes education, media and other experts as well as parents, children, librarians, performing artists, producers, medical and business professionals, authors, scientists and others. A sampling of the panel members includes: Dr. Twila C. Liggett, ten-time Emmy-winner, professor and founder of PBS's Reading Rainbow; Julie Aigner-Clark, Creator of Baby Einstein and The Safe Side Project; Jodee Blanco, New York Times best-selling Author; LeAnn Thieman, motivational speaker and coauthor of seven Chicken Soup For The Soul books; and Tara Paterson, Certified Parent Coach and founder of the Mom's Choice Awards. Parents and educators look for the Mom's Choice Awards seal in selecting quality materials and products for children and families.
I was able to purchase a few advance copies of this beautiful book a week before Christmas last year, and it became an immediate family favorite! I sent them to friends in many corners of the country for their Christmas celebrations. All were so grateful to have such a wonderful addition to their holiday book collection, and many have told me that this is the book they will now share with their families on Christmas Eve. Move over 'Twas the Night Before Christmas, there's another book in town! Good news is, there's enough time for both to be read together to encourage the magic of Christmas. The Star of Christmas's fanciful text and beautifully illustrated pages are indeed magical! The true message of Christmas is on these pages, one which we all need to be reminded of as we get caught up in the commotion of the holiday season. I even reached out to Rev. Rick Warren by sending him a copy to share with his family and congregation if he so chose. He had the graciousness to send me a thank you note in which he said that he prays that through this story, children and adults will be drawn closer to Christ this holiday season. I couldn't agree more! I promise you will not be disappointed buying this book. Your children and families will LOVE it!