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Three Wise Women
One evening long ago, three women in three very different corners of the world are struck by the light of a bright new rising star, and each feels compelled to follow it. The three women meet on a path of starlight, and together they walk through the hills to a small thatched stable, where a baby lies in a makeshift crib, surrounded by expensive gifts. The women have nothi ...more
Paperback, 32 pages
Published November 18th 2005 by Frances Lincoln Children's Books
(first published January 1st 1999)
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Jan 23, 2016 Elizabeth added it · review of another edition
Recommended to Elizabeth by: GR list "Multicultural Christmas Picture Books" https://www.goodreads.com/list/show/8...
I was intrigued by the idea behind this book, and the illustrations are quite lovely, but I felt like I wanted more out of the ending -- I think mostly because (view spoiler)[the African woman's baby kisses baby Jesus, in a sort of blessing, and that gets turned into (in the closing bit about the star-baby never forgetting the women and their gifts, showing how their gifts lived on his life) "And the man whose birth had been marked by a new star taught the whole world that the greatest gift of a ...more
This book was throwing me off at first with its seemingly extreme reference to Christianity but after reading it I see that it is much more than that. I loved how simple and easy to read the book was with beautiful illustrations. It also taught some amazing messages about the power of diversity and how amazing it is but also female unity. The females in this book stole the show from the three wise men.
Cute story overall (I did get a little teary at the end!) but some parts were pretty corny ("the moon a fingernail of mother-of-pearl"? The rest of the book isn't quite so over-the-top with trying to be poetic) and the constant references to starlight got old ("star-bread", "path of starlight", "kiss full of starlight", we get it!). We got this from the library and my son had me read it to him a good 20 times!
I was not crazy about this book. The story was its weakness. It seemed to have an agenda that it just barely met to bring women into a part of the story where they didn't exist before. I normally like Hoffman, but this one fell short.
This is one of my favorites. It is a Christ Christmas book. Three women from different parts of the world follow the star and give what they can. They think their gifts are not much, but what they give has symbolic value to Christ's life and teachings.
Mary Hoffman is a bestselling British author and reviewer, born in 1945. She is a true enthusiast of Italy and spends a lot of her time there, which shows in her Stravaganza novels: a series currently in publication. In total, she has written over 80 books, including the aforementioned Stravaganza series and the bestselling picture book, Amazing Grace. Mary is also the editor of a review magazine ...moreMore about Mary Hoffman...