________________ CM . . . . Volume XII Number 9 . . . . January 6, 2006


Moon and Star: A Christmas Story.

Robin Muller.
Markham, ON: North Winds Press/Scholastic Canada, 2005.
32 pp., cloth, $19.99.
ISBN 0-439-97466-6.

Subject Headings:
Christmas stories.
Dog-Juvenile fiction.
Gifts-Juvenile fiction.

Preschool-grade 3 / Ages 4-8.

Review by Geneviève M.Y. Valleau.

**** /4



Robin Muller's enchanting book entitled Moon and Star: A Christmas Story is a beautiful and heart-warming picture book. Moon is a loveable and kind dog that lives in a toy store owned by an old lady who names the friendly dog Moon because he has a moon-shaped mark around his right eye. Muller's prose is well written but is mirrored by beautiful incandescent illustrations. Muller sets the tone of the story when he writes, “Moon loves all the toys, but secretly he loved one above all the others: a delicate little porcelain cat with a shining star painted on its face. Moon called the cat Star, and he wanted her to be his alone.” The reader learns early that Moon loves Star so much that every night Moon takes Star to his mat and curls up beside her as he sleeps.

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     On Christmas Eve, a richly dressed woman buys Star, much to Moon's despair. Moon frantically follows the scent of the woman's car to find that the woman has given Star to her grandson. The grandson does not appreciate Star as much as Moon and throws Star against the wall and shatters her into pieces. Moon is devastated, and, when the housemaid sweeps Star's pieces into a little box and tosses the box onto a rubbish heap outside, Moon collects the box with a heavy heart. That night, an angelic woman visits Moon and he, and the reader, discover that magical and wondrous things are possible.

     Muller fills this picture book with truly beautiful full-page illustrations and a magical text to accompany them. Because of the touching story and the dazzling illustrations, children, as well as adults, will love this book and it will be no surprise if this book becomes a Christmas classic.

Highly Recommended.

Geneviève M.Y. Valleau is currently enrolled in the Master's of Arts program in Children's Literature at the University of British Columbia.

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