Perfect Picture Book Friday – The Star In The Christmas Play

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!

Star In Xmas Play

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.

Links To Resources: 30 Easy Ornaments To Make With Kids; 30 Homemade Ornaments For Kids; 10 Star Crafts For Kids

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!)


20 thoughts on “Perfect Picture Book Friday – The Star In The Christmas Play

  1. ptnozell says:

    I have many memories of participating in Christmas plays – as both a littlest angel myself, and helping my kids dress as angels and shepherds for church nativity scenes. I can’t wait to read how giraffe finds a role and gains self-esteem.

  2. Carole Calladine says:

    Sounds like a good one for the holidays. Can’t wait to see if I’ve figured out his role based on the title. What a fun idea/read no matter how he figures out how to be in the play.

  3. Jilanne Hoffmann says:

    Oh, this sounds so sweet and huggable. Who doesn’t love clumsy “little” giraffes” and their efforts to fit in? It sounds like this one will rank right up there with Charlie Brown’s Christmas, something I watch annually (and listen to the music to from Thanksgiving through the New Year, if truth be told). This book is on my holiday list now. Thanks!

  4. Debora Hoffmann says:

    This book looks absolutely adorable. I’m sure we’ve all had our awkward times growing up (and as adults!), but we all have something to offer. I can’t wait to read this. The illustrations are darling, too. Thank you for sharing, Susanna!

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