Twinkle, twinkle, little star

Jane Cabrera

Book - 2012

A variety of baby animals are lulled to sleep by a version of the familiar lullaby tailored to their environment.

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Song texts
Stories in rhyme
Picture books
New York : Holiday House 2012.
1st American ed
Item Description
First published in Great Britain: [London] : Gullane Children's Books, 2012.
Simple "score" of lullaby on p. [3] of cover.
Physical Description
1 v. (unpaged) : col. ill. ; 27 cm
Main Author
Jane Cabrera (-)
Review by Booklist Reviews

This charming picture book opens with the first, familiar stanza of "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star," written more than 100 years ago by Jane Taylor, who is not credited here. Cabrera replaces the seldom-heard remaining verses with new ones, in which the star sparkles, flickers, and shimmers over different parts of the earth, such as forest, ocean, and desert. Each of the first nine double-page paintings features a little animal and its parent looking over a distinctive landscape while a bright-yellow star glows in the sky. The concluding stanza opens with the star shining down on the whole earth, seen from space. Although the text works fine for reading aloud, adults who sing the book aloud will probably stumble over the last stanza, which has eight four-beat lines rather than six. Musical notes and chord notations for the familiar tune are appended. Cabrera's distinctive paintings of baby animals and their parents create a riveting focus for young children, and the bold lines, energetic brushwork, and naive style should please their parents as well. A fresh take on an old favorite. Copyright 2012 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

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.) [Page ]. Copyright 2012 PWxyz LLC

Review by School Library Journal Reviews

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 [Page 103]. (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

A version of the well-known song featuring animals from around the world as they wonder about the twinkling star.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

All around the world, from the dry desert to the wet jungle, from the sleeping city to the icy pole, baby animals and their parents are sharing the wonder of a twinkling star. This enchanting version of a favorite lullaby is a celebration of love.