No matter how small we are, God uses us for big things.
Name: The Littlest Star
Author: Richard Littledale
Illustrator: Dubravka Kolanovic
Publisher: Lion Hudson Plc, 2016
Written for Ages: 2-4
Summary: This is the story about the littlest of all the stars. This particular star was not as sparkly or exciting as the other stars, but on one holy night, it had the biggest, most important job of all. This is also a Christmas story about the tiny star that shone down on the baby Jesus. This tale was originally written, illustrated, designed, printed and placed on sale within three weeks to raise money for the Shooting Star Chase children’s hospices. This 2016 edition has been re-illustrated.
Scripture Connection: There are clear connections to the birth stories in Matthew 1:18-2:12 and Luke 2:1-20. In addition, there are verses like 1 Peter 2:9 and Jeremiah 29:11 that remind us that we are all created with a vocation or purpose.
Theological Connection: The littlest star could easily be you or me. No matter how small we are, God has something big in store for us. God will use us for big things. God will use us, no matter how others see us, for special things.
Justice Connection: It is easy to overlook the littlest stars in our church or community. The ones who do not shine as bright as others. Perhaps it is an elderly person or a small child. Perhaps it is the person sitting by the corner of the building who doesn’t look like you. Whoever that person is, take time to consider what gifts they have to share for the Kingdom.
Faith Talk (God Talk):
- At the beginning of the story, how do you think the Littlest Star felt?
- What happened to the star?
- The littlest star played an important role in the birth of Jesus. What can you do for Jesus?
- Since the star was important in the birth narrative of Jesus, invite the children to reenact the nativity taking turns being the important littlest star.
Parenting Connection: It is easy to overlook what our children can do. We think they are too small or too young. But, like the littlest star, they have gifts and abilities to share with the family. As a parent, what are some ways you can let go and help your children use their gifts?
You can buy a copy at Amazon or check out your local library.