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Friday 19 December 2014

Review: Star Bright

Author Alison McGhee tells the traditional nativity story in a new way, and with the combination of Peter H. Reynold’s beautiful illustrations, it looks and feels as contemporary as it does ancient.

Star Bright is a gorgeous re-telling of the Christmas story from the point of view of a young angel who wants to give the new baby a gift.

Everyone else, all the other angels and the people on earth, have the perfect gift to give, but what about the newest angel? What could someone who feels so small and inconspicuous find to give a baby whose birth is anticipated with such joy?

It takes time, but finally the angel realises she can give a truly unique gift. She knows how it feels to be small and lonely. She knows how important light is in the darkness. So the newest angel dives from high in heaven, “floating, tumbling, drifting” to find the perfect spot in the night sky.

The angel settles above the baby’s birthplace as a star. A new, bright star to guide lost travelers and light up the dark sky.

A story that is light and bright, and perfect for reading at Christmas (or any other time of year really).

Title: Star Bright
Author: Alison McGhee
Illustrator: Peter H. Reynolds
Publisher: Simon & Schuster, $19.99 RRP
Publication Date: December 2014
Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 9781416958581
For ages: 4-8
Type: Picture book