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. Preschool-Kindergarten. --Carolyn Phelan
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."
As a preschool teacher, thus instantly calms my children down. The pictures are beautiful, the song is familiar. The children sing along quietly. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Nicole Gleason
My students love this book. The illustrations are great. I change it by having the students sing the song using the animal sounds of each picure. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
I purchased this for my 2 year-old granddaughter. The illustrations are clear and simple with an endearing parent/child theme throughout the book.Published 8 months ago by gin mcmillin
Beautiful illustrations! Easy to read the whole book to the tune of twinkle twinkle little star. My favorite part about this book, though, is the pictures. Read morePublished 9 months ago by KJones
Purchased as a gift for a two-year old and the parents are loving it. Personally, I thought it was a very pretty book.... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Ashley
We really like Jane Cabrera's stuff. The artwork is great--good clear colors and great animals. No weird "interpretations" of animals or anything like that. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Gwen Baker