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"The Star of Christmas is destined to become a classic! It's so well written, and so beautifully illustrated, that it takes your hand, and leads you gently back to those days of innocence, when Christmas was simply magic."

- Jim Clare

"Sure to be a favorite for years to come, plan on giving The Star of Christmas to all of your treasured friends and family."

- Last-Minute Christmas, Woman's Day Special Interest Publications

"This gentle and golden-hued tale is going to make a lovely addition to our Advent book basket."

- Melissa Wiley, Here in the Bonny Glen review blog

"The writing is descriptive and poetic and the illustrations are truly delightful. This is a beautiful Christmas book."

- Christine Irvin, Christian Children's Book Review

"A well-crafted tale that delivers an old, important message in a fresh, attractively imagined vehicle"

- Kirkus Discoveries

"The book is a perfect children's Christmas treasure."

- Sharyn Felder, New York, NY

"THE STAR OF CHRISTMAS is an exquisite book that will delight parents and children alike."

- Anne Rice

"We will cherish the book for many years to come."

- Ann Shure, Seattle, WA

"delicate, detailed illustrations... fun-filled enumeration of what children often love best about Christmas"

- Kirkus Discoveries

"The loveliest Christmas present that I could have received."

- Joyce Santora, Williamsville, NY

"My grandchildren loved (this) book. Now we have a new Christmas tradition."

- Cherie Ansuini, Clarence, NY

"Lavish, richly colored illustrations invite the reader into the mystery and magic of Christmas while a simply told tale provides a profound insight into the ancient and sacred meaning of the holiday itself."

- Anne Rice

"The Star of Christmas is beautiful! The real story of Christmas is so gently told."

- Jocelyn Janzow Tucson, AZ

"...watercolor illustrations are full of texture and will attract children, who will find new surprises on each page"

- Kirkus Discoveries

"I can't express how absolutely awed and captivated I am at this incredible book. May the message of this book speak to many."

- Diane Montgomery, Honeoye, NY

The Star of Christmas
by Maria T. DiVencenzo
illustrated by Elaine S. Verstraete

One Christmas Eve a child is awakened by a voice calling out from her Christmas tree. The ornaments on the Christmas tree are talking!

They want the child to decide once and for all, which one of them is most special; the true star of Christmas. Is it Gift Box, so full of surprises? Jolly Old Elf, maker of magic? Wise King, who gave the first Christmas present? Gentle Dove, spreading peace throughout the world? With joy and spunk, the child leads the ornaments to the magical, simple truth -and the deepest meaning of Christmas.


Also available as a Storybook Christmas Pageant for your church or school. Learn more...

Publication: October 2009, $16.95 (CAN $18.95)
ISBN: 978-0-9816003-0-7
Seasonal/Picture Books, 34 pages, 9 x 11, 18 watercolor illustrations
Publisher: Winterlake Press, P.O. Box 1274 Buffalo, NY 14231-1274

Distributed by SPU/Independent Publishers Group
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