This chunky board book joins several others by Jeanette Winter (Hey Diddle Diddle, The Itsy-Bitsy Spider and Rock-A-Bye Baby). The unusual format has each image filling two pages and the book must be held in a vertical position. Thus, the star really does look high in the dark night sky. However, in this fanciful interpretation, a young child gets a ladder and climbs up into the sky to get a piece of the star. Parents and caregivers may be pressed into explaining the impossibility of this outing to more literal-minded toddlers. 2000, Red Wagon/Harcourt, Ages 6 mo. to 3, $4.95. Reviewer: Marilyn Courtot—Children's Literature
JEANETTE WINTER has written and illustrated many books for children, including MAMA, The Librarian of Basra, Calavera Abecedario: A Day of the Dead Alphabet Book, My Name Is Georgia, and Josefina. She lives in New York City.