Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star

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A favorite lullaby becomes a celebration of love in this lushly illustrated version, featuring animals all over the world.

On a beautiful night an owl sings to her owlet, a deer to his fawn, a whale to her calf. Animal parents all over the world sing this lullaby their young, showing the universality of a parent's love for his or her child. Jane Cabrera's brilliant colors illustrate adorable animals and their homes.

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Overview

A favorite lullaby becomes a celebration of love in this lushly illustrated version, featuring animals all over the world.

On a beautiful night an owl sings to her owlet, a deer to his fawn, a whale to her calf. Animal parents all over the world sing this lullaby their young, showing the universality of a parent's love for his or her child. Jane Cabrera's brilliant colors illustrate adorable animals and their homes.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Cabrera expands on this classic nursery rhyme, taking readers around the globe as friendly parent-child animal pairs cuddle together and gaze up at a chunky five-pointed star in the night sky. With each new verse, Cabrera switches both the setting and the quality of the star’s light: “Glisten, glisten, little star/ how I wonder what you are./ Up above the grassy plain.../ through the warm, wet jungle rain.” Bright colors and thickly painted vignettes generate a mood of comfort and safety, culminating in a scene that shows a human mother and child staring at the star before bedtime. Ages 2–5. (Aug.)
Children's Literature - Heather Christensen
In this adaptation of the well-known nursery rhyme, Cabrera takes readers on a nighttime journey to a variety of landscapes from the desert to the ocean. On each two-page spread, animal mothers and their little ones gaze up at a prominently placed golden star that "twinkles," "sparkles," "flickers," "shimmers," and "glistens," according to each new verse. Whether showing the vast sky above a grassy plain or a brilliant desert sunset, Cabrera paints each scene with vibrant colors and visible brush strokes for texture. Broad strokes of white, with overtones of yellow and blue, suggest the warm fur of a polar bear. The text varies only slightly from the original, with subtle differences in the quality of the star and references to each of the different habitats represented. The last verse circles nicely from a wide universal view to the deeply personal "for me and the one I love," featuring the close-up of a human mother and baby. Musical notation of the song is printed on the end papers, which also feature a forest of leafless trees and woodland animals silhouetted against a blue nighttime sky. Though a perfect book for tucking in little ones, the strong colors and familiar lullaby make this well suited for a pajama storytime. Reviewer: Heather Christensen
School Library Journal
PreS—Expanding on the beloved nursery song, this picture book starts with the original verse and then adds more while showing the star from various vantage points around the planet. Bold, playful paintings full of texture, bright colors, and thick black outlines take readers from the forest to the ocean to the Arctic to the jungle with animals who watch the little star "sparkle sparkle," "flicker flicker," "shimmer shimmer," and "glisten glisten." Pairs of parent/child animals including whales, kangaroos, vultures, and polar bears feature big smiles and bright eyes as they stare up at the star that ties each page and verse together. The closing rhyme with a human mother and baby summarizes, "Twinkle over towns and trees,/fields and farms,/Lakes and seas./Twinkle, twinkle, up above…/…for me and for/the one I love." Nighttime silhouette endpapers also include the music for the tune. Jerry Pinkney's lush version of Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star (Little Brown, 2011) has a more complex and imaginative narrative, but younger children who are not quite ready for it will enjoy this bright volume.—Julie Roach, Cambridge Public Library, MA
Kirkus Reviews
A pink-cheeked version of a song most everyone knows, with new verses highlighting cozy animal dyads across the world. The bright yellow and red owlet with its parent opens the lullaby with the verse we all know. Next a papa deer and fawn in the forest, a whale and calf in the sea, a kangaroo and joey in the outback, vulture and chick and so on, each filling a two-page spread. The verse mirrors the pictures: "Glisten, glisten, little star, / how I wonder what you are. / Up above the grassy plain …" shows a papa lion and cub, and on the next spread--"…through the warm, wet jungle rain"--a pair of rosy-cheeked monkeys. The five-pointed, butter-gold star is prominently visible on every spread. Color and line are thick and bold, while all of the animals, from polar bears to pussy cats, have button eyes and the suggestion of human smiles. The final verse ("Twinkle over towns and trees, / fields and farms, / Lakes and seas") shows just such a vista, with lollipop trees, a building-block city and a little red lighthouse. The concluding spread, "Twinkle, twinkle, up above … // … for me and for / the one I love" pictures that bright star on one page facing a golden-haired mother and child. The music for this venerable tune is on the back endpaper. A nursery charmer. (Picture book. 3-6)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780823425198
  • Publisher: Holiday House, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/28/2012
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 205,831
  • Age range: 2 - 5 Years
  • Product dimensions: 20.30 (w) x 10.50 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Jane Cabrera is known for her exuberant renditions of classic nursery rhymes. School Library Journal raved that her latest, The Wheels on the Bus, is "not to be missed."

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