THE BRIGHTEST STAR

Alyssa Satin Capucilli, Author, Clare Beaton, Illustrator , illus. by Clare Beaton. S&S/Little Simon $6.99 (16p) ISBN 978-0-689-85386-9

In intricately stitched mixed-media art that could pass for the handiwork of some very crafty elves, Beaton (Mother Goose Remembers) creates a want-to-touch-it backdrop for this board book Nativity story. Colorful compositions of felt, beads and fabric exude a childlike charm, while Capucilli's (the Biscuit books) economical sentences and unfettered phrasing are just right for the intended audience. Youngest book-lovers will also appreciate the die-cuts that let a holographic star shine out from the last spread onto all the others. Just one quibble: the beads used for Mary's unnaturally colored blue eyes give her a somewhat demented look. Ages 1-4. (Oct.)

Reviewed on: 09/22/2003
Release date: 10/01/2003
Genre: Children's
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