Song of the Stars: A Christmas Story By Sally Lloyd-Jones

It's only October, but Christmas will be here before we know it! It's always been one of my favorite times of the year. Since my little man is so enthusiastic about his books, I was eager to get a head start on checking out some of the newest holiday reads for him! One book that we've had the pleasure of reading together is Song of the Stars. This book is not necessarily new (although it was to us), but the actual board book edition was recently released. I am always a fan of board books, since they can withstand little toddler hands without the worry of pages ripping. 

From New York Times bestselling author Sally Lloyd-Jones, Song of the Stars Christmas picture book is now available in the popular board book format. This board book edition of Song of the Stars, written by New York Times bestselling author Sally Lloyd-Jones and illustrated by Alison Jay, is a Christmas book that explores the joy and celebration in all of creation at the coming of Jesus. They’ve been waiting with eager longing for the coming of God’s promised Son, and when at last he arrives, the whole earth holds its breath: their Creator, Jesus, Emmanuel has come to the world that he made. Trees, seas, skies, stars, animals—they all spread the news that at last the time has come. It’s time! He’s here!

Sally Lloyd-Jones is a leading writer of inspirational books for children. She is the author of three bestselling children’s Bibles, including the Gold Book Award-winning Baby’s First Bible and, most recently, the Moonbeam Award Winner and ALA notable, The Jesus Storybook Bible: Every Story Whispers His Name. She has written many picture books for children, including the critically acclaimed New York Times bestseller How to Be a Baby: By Me, the Big Sister. Sally was born and raised in Africa, was schooled in England, and now lives in New York City.

Song of the Stars is not what I had originally imagined. I previously thought it would be a traditional tale about the birth of Christ. I guess the front cover should have tipped me off that this wasn't the case. While the story does ultimately lead to Jesus being born, it offers a completely distinctive take on the event. In fact, the story actually revolves around nature and all of the many creatures in the world. The anticipation for the Holy Son's birth is growing, and all of the elements and animals are sending out the news as they gather anxiously to celebrate. 

The paintings by Allison Jay are beautiful, I honestly wish I could frame some of them! They actually give off that feel of being weathered, but at the same time are still amazing to look at. My son is an animal lover like his mom, so he enjoys naming off the many different animals throughout. 

Song of the Stars is a true wonder of a book. I love the different approach to the story leading up to the birth of Jesus. It shows us that nature and the creatures all around actually rejoiced the wonderful miracle of our Savior's birth, just as much as people did. If you are looking for a unique holiday book for younger children, then I highly recommend Song of the Stars.