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Star bright : a Christmas story
McGhee, Alison, 1960-
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First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Atheneum Books for Young Readers, [2014]
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1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 29 cm
"What can a small angel give a most important baby? A Christmas story about the greatest gift of all"--
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This perfectly angelic--and perfectly charming--Christmas story offers a creative twist on the classic tale of the nativity, from the #1 New York Times bestselling creators of Someday .

The angels are aflutter: a baby is soon to be born! One small angel can tell this baby is especially special by the way the other angels are dashing and fussing about. And holy moly, are their presents extraordinary. The little angel wants to give a present too, but, what could she possibly offer that is as worthy as the others' gifts?

At a loss for original ideas, she peeks over the side of her platform and spies something going on in the desert--a caravan of kings on camels, lost in the dark. And suddenly she knows she most do something, and does the only thing she can. Because the greatest gift of all? It can't be wrapped. It can't be bought. It can only be selflessly, joyfully given. And it ends up being the perfect gift for that little baby...the shiningest gift at all.

Author Notes

Alison McGhee lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

She is the recipient of a Loft-McKnight Fellowship, a Minnesota State Arts Board Fellowship, a 1995 Editor's Fiction Prize from Snake nation, and a Pushcart Prize honorable mention. Her title Bink and Gollie, Two for One with Kate DiCamillo made The New York Times Best Seller List for 2012.

(Publisher Provided) Alison McGhee was born on July 8, 1960 and attended Middlebury College in Vermont. Her first book, Rainlight, won the Great Lakes College Association National Fiction Award and the Minnesota Book Award in 1999. She writes books for all ages including picture books like Countdown to Kindergarten and Mrs. Watson Wants Your Teeth, young adult books like Snap and All Rivers Flow to the Sea, and adult books like Shadow Baby and Was It Beautiful?. Her other awards include four Minnesota Book Awards, the GLCA National Fiction Award, Friends of the American Library Award, Gold Oppenheimer Toy Portfolio Award, ALA Best Books for Children, and Parents' Choice Award, and a City Pages Artist of the Year award. She is currently an associate professor of creative writing at Metropolitan State University.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

The angels in heaven are excited because, as the Herald newspaper puts it, Good News: Prince of Peace on His Way. People on earth are also getting gifts together for the baby, which catches the eye of the newest angel. She would like to bring a present, too. But like the little drummer boy, she seems uncertain as to the suitability of anything she could give. Watching the activity below specifically the Magi, who are lost she realizes that the best gift she can give is light in the darkness. McGhee's text is trim and precise, matched by Reynolds' spare yet expressive illustrations. The angel herself is depicted as a barefooted child in aviator goggles and scarf, and her transformation from sky-diving cherub to Christmas star manages to be dramatic and gentle at the same time.--Dean, Kara Copyright 2014 Booklist

Publisher's Weekly Review

News travels quickly in the heavens, especially when it involves the arrival of a baby on Earth in late December. The "newest angel" wants to join in the joyous celebration, but she's stymied when it comes to selecting the right baby gift. Her "aha moment" arrives when she looks down through the vast night sky and sees three "others" on camelback riding through the desert: "They too looked lonely-No, they looked lost!" The angel tumbles down, gathering light along the way, "Until she came to rest exactly where she was needed." McGhee's spare, tender language and light-dark imagery exert a powerful pull on the heartstrings. Reynolds's delicate pen, ink, and watercolor art is accented with gently humorous details (the angel's aviator goggles, the wise men consulting a map) even as it matches the text's emotional intensity. Ages 4-8. Agent: Holly McGhee, Pippin Properties. (Sept.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 1-In the heavens, the angels are excited; a baby is about to be born. There are to be lots of gifts for the infant, but the littlest angel can't figure out what she should give him. Wind? No, that's a gift of the sky.  Rain? No, that's a gift of the clouds. Finally, she thinks of the perfect gift for anyone who might be lonely or lost, and she transforms herself into a very bright star in the dark sky. The pen, ink, and watercolor illustrations depict a traditional first Christmas on Earth, with wise men, camels, and shepherds against the backdrop of a dark Bethlehem night.  But up in heaven, the angels are multiethnic winged children dressed in long white split-tailed jackets, waistcoats, and culottes, frolicking on shiny platforms and consulting flat-screens on stands to get news from below. The newest angel is a small, red-haired child who sports an old-fashioned pilot's helmet with goggles. Somehow, this works-the angels do indeed look otherworldly, and the winsome style of the illustrations complements the simple, sweet text. A different and quietly charming take on the Christmas story.-Eva Mitnick, Los Angeles Public Library (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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