Song Of The Stars

Author:  Sally Lloyd-Jones
Illustrator:  Alison Jay


This year as you sing the Christmas carol, Joy to the World, make special note of the words in the second verse.

“While fields and floods, rocks, hills and plains

Repeat the sounding joy, repeat the sounding joy.”

With every page you turn in Song of the Stars, you’ll see brilliantly illustrated paintings of the entire universe, breathless with anticipation.   What is this joyous news that is being spread and repeated across fields, deserts, oceans – from stars, to trees, to robins, to flowers?  “It’s time!  It’s time!”  Waves roar it to the great white whales. Tiny field mice and insects squeak and chirp.  Angels sing it to the shepherds.


Then, under the brilliance of a shining star,  animals gather in a lowly stable and gaze in wonder on an infant in a manger.  All nature joins in a chorus of praise to the newborn King.

“Joy to the world, the Lord is come! Let earth receive her King;

Let every heart prepare Him room, And heav’n and nature sing, And heav’n and nature sing.”

Here are some other ideas for Song of the Stars from a Homeschooling Mom’s blog – Spell OUTLOUD.

Mary Kline