The Star Tree – written and illustrated by Gisela Cölle

The Star Tree – written and illustrated by Gisela Cölle, Translated by Rosemary Lanning, NorthSouth Books, 9780735844483, 2021, originally 1997

Format:  Hardcover

Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review)  5

Genre: Holiday books: Christmas

What did you like about the book:   A classic  with a fresh look and wonderful illustrations celebrating the power of Christmas and simple pleasures.  An old man is remembering Christmas past where friends and families would gather to tell stories, sing carols, and children would make gold paper stars to hang in their windows and welcome visitors.  Over the years the city has changed and grown with tall skyscrapers and lots of lights.  On this night, the old man makes the gold stars and goes out to hang them on the tree at the top of the hill.  A windy storm causes the lights to go out and the gold stars the old man hung appeared bright and magical, bringing children and parents to see the light.  They sang carols and warmed the old man’s heart.  He gave a gold star to each child who hung it in their window and the city glowed.  

Anything you didn’t like about it?  No

To whom would you recommend this book?   A wonderful read aloud around Christmas time to share together every year and remind us of simple pleasures and traditions that bring joy and magic to our lives.

Who should buy this book?  Preschools, elementary schools and public libraries

Where would you shelve it ?  Picture books

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? yes

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Julie Durmis, J.C. Solmonese Elementary School, Norton, MA

Date of review:  July 25, 2021

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