Children's LiteratureTeachers often bemoan the loss of interest in nursery rhymes because they have traditionally been one of the earliest listening and learning experiences for children. They prepare youngsters for the notions of pattern and rhyme. They are often repetitive, which is both comforting and instructive. They are usually silly, adding an element of humor that makes reading fun. Now some of the favorite nursery rhymes and songs have become small board books with holes, each with a different illustrator. In this case, one hole on each page is a star. There are several additional pairs of holes, which become the eyes of different animals on both the left and right side of the page. A multicultural cast of characters finds the star twinkling above the desert, the African savannah, a Chinese jungle, a rainforest, the Australian outback and right back home in the city. The identification of each locale is triggered by one of the animals (camel, panda, koala). The illustrations are warm and round with lots of new places and animals for children to identify. Part of the "Board Books with Holes" series. 2001, Child's Play, Ages 3 mo. to 3.