Monday, July 12, 2021

"The Star Tree" - a bookwrap



The Star Tree

by Gisela Cölle


* Ages:  4-8

* Grade Level:  PS-3

* Length: 32 pages

Publisher:  NorthSouth Books

* Pub. Date:  September 14, 2021

* Language:  English

Editorial Reviews

“A quiet appeal for simple pleasures and old-fashioned celebrations.”—School Library Journal

Unwrapping Some Illustrations for You

The Book  

This is a delightful book that would be perfect to share on Christmas Eve.  It's full of memories and longings for the traditions and feelings of Christmases past by an old man who lives alone and is isolated in the big city.  He remembers days gone by when friends and family would gather together to celebrate this festive occasion.  They would  sing carols and tell each other stories.  The best part for him was when all the children created gold paper stars to hang in their windows and on their Christmas trees to welcome visitors to their home.  

How things had changed over the years.  All that lovely harmony, bonding, and love are missing.  The cold bustling city with its silent skyscrapers is overrun with bright lights and flashing signs. Why who would even notice if those paper gold stars were strung throughout all that chaos? Sadly, probably.... nobody! 

Undaunted the old man finds some left over gold paper in his home, grabs his scissors and starts cutting.  He accumulates a huge basket full of stars and decides to take them out into the countryside where its darker so his stars will shine brighter as they reflect the gentle light of the moon.  A huge storm takes out the city power lines and his magical star tree is discovered.  Will the old man's dream come true and the true spirit of Christmas be revealed?  

The illustrations are beautiful and vintage style.  I love this book and am very happy that a timeless classic is now back in print with a new fresh look.  Nothing can replace that feeling of human-to-human interaction and this book is a perfect read-aloud.  I highly recommend this book.

Storywraps Rating - 5 HUGS! 


Meet the Author/the Illustrator

Gisela Cölle was born in Zweibrücken, Germany. She studied medicine, illustration, and comic drawing at the University of Applied Sciences for Art and Design in Hamburg. Before she started writing and illustrating picture books, she had primarily painted. She has received numerous awards for her picture books. Gisela Cölle has three children and many grandchildren and lives in Mainz, Germany.

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