Boy! What with the Halloweensie Contest and Thanksgiving, it’s been awhile since we had a Perfect Picture Book Friday! And I guess this will be the last one before the holidays, since the Holiday Contest will be running by this time next week!
So what better to share today than a new holiday book? This is a sweet one I think you and your kids will enjoy!
Title: The Star In The Christmas Play
Written By: Lynne Marie
Illustrated By: Lorna Hussey
Beaming Books, October 2018, fiction
Suitable For Ages: 3-8
Themes/Topics: being yourself, holidays (Christmas), finding your place
Opening: “‘I wish I were any animal but a giraffe,’ said Raffi. Instead of running toward savanna school like usual, he dragged his hooves.”
Brief Synopsis: Raffi desperately wants a part in the school Christmas play, but he’s too big to be Baby Jesus, too tall to be Joseph, too heavy to be an angel. It seems there’s no place for him at all. But his mother’s loving words to him give him an idea and in the end he finds there’s a perfect place for everyone.
Why I Like This Book: This is a sweet story that many kids will relate to. We’ve all had moments where we don’t feel comfortable in our own skin, where we wish we were different so we’d have an easier time fitting in. Raffi the giraffe struggles with being too big, too tall, too heavy to take part in the school Christmas play. But he’s in a very nurturing environment among both adults and children who try to understand and help. In the end he comes up with his own solution which is just right and he finds a way to accept himself as the others have accepted him all along. A lovely message for any time of year, but especially nice at Christmas.
I hope you enjoy it as much as I do 🙂
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Have a wonderful weekend, everyone!!! 🙂
(Oh, and I’ll give you a heads up now that I have a special extra post, last-minute scheduled for Monday for a couple of writer/illustrator friends, so please plan to stop by!)