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Kids Fiction 319
elegant holiday book
Overall rating 
 
4.5
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
5.0
THE BEAR AND THE STAR is an elegant, Christmas-style book. Bear knows that it is time and so he finds a strong and tall tree and then bellows out the message to the world. All the animals and people head to the large tree under the star. It is time for peace.

Illustrated with painted strokes and deep, vibrant colors, the imagery is aligned with the winter season and creates an elegant picture book. While not outright religious/aligned with the holiday, the book is classified as a Christmas book, and it is easy to see why with the ultimate ending of peace set with a star and a message spread to all.

What I loved: Simple but elegant, this book will appeal to young children who will enjoy the soft words and vibrant illustrations as well as the many animals shown throughout. The snow falling over each image adds to the seasonal appeal.

Final verdict: Beautifully illustrated, this book has a simple message of peace and gathering that can be enjoyed by young children. With plenty of animals and things to look at, the book is an elegant and quick picture book read, great for the holiday season.
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