A Star for Christmas.


32 pages
Contains Illustrations
ISBN 978-0-88776-836-1
DDC jC813'.6





Reviewed by Anne Hutchings

Anne Hutchings is a public-school teacher and librarian in Ajax,


Admirers of Trisha Romance’s art will undoubtedly be drawn to this, her first book for children. A Star For Christmas tells of a kindly carpenter who, with only Little Star, an orphaned reindeer for company, lives in a small house at the edge of a meadow. As Christmas approaches the carpenter hastens to complete his very special gift for the townspeople. Finally, on Christmas Eve, the children follow the carpenter and Little Star to a clearing in the forest. Awestruck, they gaze at the carved wooden crèche lovingly created for them.


The book is beautifully bound, with a blue ribbon marker and pages edged with gold, and though the story itself is slight, the artist’s luminous watercolours, filled with warmth and cozy details, make it a worthwhile purchase for both personal and public library collections. Recommended.


Romance, Trisha., “A Star for Christmas.,” Canadian Book Review Annual Online, accessed June 22, 2024, https://cbra.library.utoronto.ca/items/show/27827.