Land of the North, Star of the East
This is a new children’s Christmas story from the North Pole. Follow King Kristoff as he journeys from his home in the far north, to follow the star that leads him to Bethlehem. His desire is to bring the gifts, made by his craftsmen, to the newborn king.
Just in time for the Christmas season, Richard Giguere’s Land of the North, Star of the East brings something fantastical to the season. It invites audiences—children and adult readers alike—to imagine the tales of the birth of Jesus, the three wise men, and even Santa Claus as one meaningful journey, and with its goal towards Jesus in mind, the adventure is readable and meaningful for all!King Kristoff reigns far up into the North Pole until he has a vision regarding a curious, bright star that he must bring gifts to a newborn baby which is to be king. With great honor and deep humility, he sets off towards the infant with a bag of items created by his kingdom of artisans. His journey, however, does not come without trials, as he makes stops into foreign villages, faces incredible odds in the weather, and meets various strangers along his way. Giving what he can from his pack, he paves the way for a time of giving, even though he is afraid of giving away everything and not having enough to provide the newborn. Land of the North, Star of the East reads like it was meant to be told by a fireplace on Christmas eve. Kristoff proves an excellent character of integrity and selflessness, and the integration of Christ’s story and fantasy is beautifully balanced. This is a great entry to the lore of Christmas tales! That said, an important note must be made: the story fuses together the legend of Santa Claus and the birth of Jesus Christ into one narrative, which is not a common practice. It is an entertaining feat, but needs carefl attention when sharing with small children or other listeners. Dove is proud to award Land of the North, Star of the East with approval for All Ages.