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One of the most acclaimed children's book illustrators of our time now takes his legendary skill with watercolor to new heights in this lavish visual adventure. As a curious little chipmunk leaves his nest to greet the twilight, he gazes at the glittering sky above him. He can't help but also notice the sparkling dewdrops on a spider's web, the lights of the fireflies, and the shimmers of moonlight on the water. "How I wonder what you are!" marvels the tiny creature, launching a...
One of the most acclaimed children's book illustrators of our time now takes his legendary skill with watercolor to new heights in this lavish visual adventure. As a curious little chipmunk leaves his nest to greet the twilight, he gazes at the glittering sky above him. He can't help but also notice the sparkling dewdrops on a spider's web, the lights of the fireflies, and the shimmers of moonlight on the water. "How I wonder what you are!" marvels the tiny creature, launching a dreamlike quest to reach for the stars.
Inspired by one of our most popular children's lullabies, Jerry Pinkney's gentle world—where the loving arms of nature embrace us despite darkness or uncertainty—is perfect for easing little ones into dreamland.
* "Pinkney's sumptuous elaboration of the familiar lullaby...takes on the same epic scope as his Caldecott winning The Lion and the Mouse.... Just another superb outing from a fixed star twinkling in the children's literature firmament."—Kirkus Reviews, starred review
* "From jacket to cover to endpapers, every element in the book contributes to the dreamlike vision of a curious adventurer exploring the natural world. This appropriate theme for young children finds expression in a series of vividly imagined, gracefully composed, and beautifully detailed illustrations."—Booklist, starred review
* "A stellar performance from a book-making virtuoso."—School Library Journal, starred review
"Pinkney's lush artwork is simultaneously naturalistic and whimsical.... [His] flora and fauna are exquisite, as is his palette, dominated by rich earth tones and brilliant blues. Soothing and magical, this one should conjure some sweet dreams."—Publishers Weekly
"Pinkney... brings a... sumptuous, color-saturated aesthetic to this reimagining of the familiar bedtime lullaby.... a free-form journey from woodland to dreamland."—The New York Times
In Pinkney's sumptuous elaboration of the familiar lullaby a chipmunk's nighttime odyssey takes on the same epic scope as his Caldecott winning The Lion and the Mouse (2009).
Seamlessly tweaking a later version of the multi-verse 1806 original with minor changes in wording and repeated insertions of the first two lines as a chorus, the illustrator follows a furry traveler—who is often posed as if in song—through verdant tangles of dandelions and other flowers, up a tree and into an empty robin's nest. With a turn of the page, that nest is transformed into a small boat (and the chipmunk acquires a sailor suit) that sails into the starry sky. The adventure briefly takes on an anxious cast when a gust topples the tiny explorer into a pond of much larger fish and other creatures, but a swan glides to the rescue and gently wings its little passenger up to the smiling Moon. Rendering natural details with typical accuracy, Pinkney fills his intimate watercolor close-ups with rippling leaves and rhythmic shifts of color that simultaneously create a feeling of active, if dreamlike energy while echoing the poem's quiet cadences. He intersperses wordless interludes, either single pictures or short sequences, to create a unified story line and finishes with a final view of the dreamer curled up (still in that sailor suit) on a bed of soft leaves and down.
Just another superb outing from a fixed star twinkling in the children's-literature firmament. (afterword) (Picture book. 3-6)
Posted October 31, 2011
Reviewed by Rita V for Readers Favorite
Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star is a marvelous children's book written by Jerry Pinkney. Through the eyes of a curious little chipmunk, we get to explore the beauty of nature as he views it; thus, giving the reader a glance from his rare perspective. We see the beauty of a simple spider web, a bird's nest, the clouds and the wind, the moon and the stars, an elegant lily pad, magic in the water and a breathtaking swan. The wording flows free and musically throughout the pages right along with the most stunning and visually stimulating artwork.
This beautiful children's book is filled with the most exquisite illustrations that I have ever laid my eyes upon! The book's cover captured my full attention, and the pages are each unique masterpieces beyond what words can describe. The wildlife and nature are depicted so delicately and creatively that I, literally, spent minutes on each page just taking in all of the delightful artwork. Jerry Pinkney is a true and master artist. I loved the Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star wording throughout the book, as well, as it sets the mood of calmness and soothes the reader with its powerful and magical pages. This is truly the most beautiful children's book I have ever seen. The rare perspective through a chipmunk's eye is truly visionary and creative. Every child and adult will absolutely adore this book, and it is a must have for a baby nursery, a gift for any occasion, or just because! Anyone can see that Jerry Pinkney's artistic passion comes from within his soul, and by sharing it with us, he truly inspires his readers and touches our hearts with awe.