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TWINKLE, TWINKLE, LITTLE STAR by Caroline Jayne Church


illustrated by Caroline Jayne Church

Pub Date: June 24th, 2014
ISBN: 978-0-545-51806-2
Publisher: Cartwheel/Scholastic

A sweet and sparkly version of the classic song.

Young stargazers, one per double-page spread, look longingly at the heavens with their teddy bears or dolls in tow. The pajama-clad little ones are shown wide-awake in indoor and outdoor settings until the final scene, which depicts a tyke peacefully slumbering in a bed. One line of the song is shared per spread, nicely synchronizing the singing with the page turns. Church’s style, which she has employed in other versions of classic children’s songs, features bold black line drawings of cartoon cherubs with quizzical grins. Out of all the six different children, though, it is a shame that only one does not appear to be Caucasian. Church’s color palette is appropriately gentle and muted, with a variety of pajama-print patterns adding interest. The foil, star-adorned cover is sure to attract browsers. 

This is a sweet book; it’s a darn shame the children are so monochromatic.

(Board book. 6 mos.-2)