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Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star

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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 ...more
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published October 3rd 2011 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
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Christina Basso
This book is based on the nursery rhyme Twinkle Twinkle Little Star with a twist written and illustrated by Jerry Pinkney. This book is about chipmunk who longs for night so he can see the stars. Once the night comes he falls asleep and has a wonderful dream. In his dream he turns a bird’s nest into a boat and flies off into the starry sky. A clouds wind’s blowing allows him to sail through the sky until he dropped his hat and jumped into the lake to retrieve it while continuing to admire the st ...more
Christy
Nov 15, 2014 Christy added it
Shelves: traditional
Twinkle Twinkle little star is a little poem every kid knows and says when they see the brightest star in the sky. Some make a wish, others just admire the beautiful sight. This book is based of that poem but Jerry Pinkney takes it to a new and more spectacular level. A little chipmunk is looking for the star that shines so bright in the sky, wondering what exactly it is. He takes you on fun little adventures to find the star that shines so brightly in the sky, then ends with him falling asleep ...more
Meg McGregor
This book is based on the nursery rhyme Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, written and illustrated by Jerry Pinkney, one of my favorite children's illustrators.

It is about chipmunk who has the most marvelous dream.

In his dream he turns a bird’s nest into a boat and flies off into the starry sky. A clouds wind’s blowing allows him to sail through the sky until he dropped his hat and jumped into the lake to retrieve it while continuing to admire the starry sky in the water’s reflection.

Along the way h
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Kristen
Jan 05, 2012 Kristen added it
Recommends it for: children, family
We just received this newly published book by Jerry Pinkney at the San Diego Public Library, and it is simply magical! Each page, including the front and back endpapers, feature different renderings of a star -- from its appearance near a smiling moon at dawn to the shape of a five-pointed star in the middle of the night sky.

Pinkney offers many interpretations of how the twinkle of the star can be found in a forest setting. Some renderings, for example, show the twinkle of a flower's seed or th
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Margaret
I found Jerry Pinkney when I read The Lion & the Mouse. The artistic journey was new to me and thoroughly exciting and I easily put him on my wish list for future releases. When I discovered that he had taken a common and favorite of mine nursery rhyme lullaby and put it to the page I was intrigued and could not wait to see what it presented. I was not disappointed and highly recommend this as anyone's bedtime book. Through this book I learned more verses of this classic lullaby and was ench ...more
Jessica Harrison
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Once again, Jerry Pinkney brings a new version of an old classic to young readers with his picture book "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star."

Based on the poem written by sisters Ann and Jane Taylor in 1806, Pinkney tells the tale of a chipmunk that leaves his nest to greet the twilight and ends up on an adventure of his own. Pinkney strays only slightly from the text, changing a few words for rhythm and the setting.

As with his other books, Pinkney's illustrations in "Twin
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Kim
Oct 01, 2014 Kim added it
Shelves: children-s-lit
This is a very cute book for pre-k to 1st grade. In this book a little ground squirrel is trying to discover what a star is by going through a slightly different version of Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star and we are taking the journey with him.

I think a great activity would be to have the students compare/contrast the version of Twinkle Little Star they know to the version in the book and discuss which one they like better and why.

Taylor, J., & Pinkney, J. (2011). Twinkle, twinkle, little star
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Barbara
Once again, Jerry Pinkney turns to something familiar--in this case, it's a well-known lullaby--and makes it seem fresh again with his artistic interpretation. In this picture book, a chipmunk sees a star, and follows it out from his burrow into an adventure- and nature-filled day. He clambers up a tree, climbs into a nest, then falls through the air, lands on a lily pad, is tossed overboard into the water before being rescued by a swan. In the end, he returns to his starting point, exhausted bu ...more
Jordan Cummings
Where to start? I loved this book! The first 20 or so pages were pretty dull and it took a little while for me to get into it, but I do have to see that I was pleasantly surprised. This book is about a young girl who gets hooked on meth. As a reader, you see flashbacks of her painful past and the story of recovery is quite addicting to read. I think books/stories about drug use is very intriguing…this book made me feel like I was in the story and made me want to help the main character, Laurel. ...more
Karen
My five-year-old son picked this book out from our local library this week. I've been singing "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star" to him at bed time for as long as he can remember.

This is probably one of the most beautiful picture books I have ever seen. It certainly is the most beautiful booked based on "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star" that I have ever seen. The illustrations may wander a bit from the text, but they don't stray. They simply reinterpret the song's lyrics in a lovely, dreamy, highly
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Sarah
The full lyrics to the well-known lullaby, enhanced by Pinkey's signature watercolors. A chipmunk is the star of this largely wordless tale to find out what and where the winkling star really is. We can sing along verses of the familiar song and follow a little chipmunk on some woodland adventures.

He enters a kind of dreamland, floating up into the night sky in a boat, flying with birds, then tumbling down and swimming with fish. He finally comes to rest on the back of a downy swan and we sense
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Jenny
Very clever idea for a book, and I love the imagination of the illustrations with the chipmunk chasing the star-shaped items from nature. It's very pretty and would be a perfect bedtime story!
The Library Lady
I am going to get howled down by those who feel that (as the cover trumpets) "Caldecott Medal Winner" Pinkney can do no wrong. But charming as this is--and as always his artwork is lovely--the story line and illustrations here totally distract from the lovely simplicity of a song that has been sung to babies and children for centuries.

This is the song I sang to my daughter as a baby on my shoulder. It is a song that was a comfort song to her for many years--and might still be at 16, if the occa
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Rachel
I picked this up on the recommendations of the Children's Dept at our local public library, and I'm glad I did because I loved it. Mr Pinkney not only did an imaginative take on a classic children's bedtime rhyme but it also has amazing illustrations. With the song, we follow an adventuresome little chipmunk who flies through the air and into the water and finally back home in his own bed. Even the end pages are gorgeous, depicting both the dawn and after the chipmunk drifts into sleep. I enjoye ...more
Nancy Mosqueda
Jerry Pinkneys' rendition of the luliby "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star" is a beautiful book. Its strength, lies on the illustrations. The colors are soft but contrasting and the images are so vivid and heart-warming it is hard to focus on the words. The fact that we know the words to the song is a very strong point for the story. While studying the images, I found that each one made me unconsiously sing in my head that luliby we were all sung when we were children. The little mouse, travels the la ...more
Molly
Mar 11, 2014 Molly added it
Shelves: older-toddler
Gorgeous illustrations. Probably to be enjoyed a little later into toddlerhood / childhood. Some pages are illustration only...again beautiful.
Mundie Moms & Mundie Kids
This is my first Jerry Pinkney book, and what a fabulous first book of his it was to read. This is such a beautifully illustrated book. I was not only mesmerized with it, but my kids were as well. I love that this story was not only inspired by, but uses the words for Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star. I think fans of Jerry's will be pleasantly surprised with his latest release. I loved his beautiful artistic touch to this classic, as it created a timeless feel for both the song and the story. This r ...more
Lyn
In Jerry Pinkney's depiction of this popular nursery rhyme, a chipmunk asks this question of the first star of the evening.

Pinkey captures this timeless poem as a stepping off place for the journey of a young chipmunk as he is led by the night sky. His vivid dreamlike illustrations are a perfect transition to sleep for little ones.

Pinkney is an award winning author and illustrator whose books often tell stories with few or no words. His talent lies in the complex details of his illustrations, wh
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Shayla
Apr 22, 2013 Shayla added it
As I was reading the book, I noticed the lullaby twinkle, twinkle, little star was filled with poems within each part. Instead of reading the whole version of twinkle, twinkle, little star the author added in poems. I thought this was very clever and neat as the little curious squirrel sees parts of the world. I like the very ending of the book because of the illustration of the swan carries the squirrel to the moon. In a curriculum connection, I would have students choose their favorite lullaby ...more
Lauren McKinney
The illustrations were the first thing to catch my eye. I thought this book was appropriate and deserving of a Caldecott award because it's title is one that most children are familiar with. This would bring readers attention in almost immediately. The story goes into this adventure one little mouse takes away from his family. The illustrations are beautiful and the story is whimsical and heartwarming!
Amy
A joy to read. I can't wait to use this in summer programming. I'll be interested to see how kids respond to the chipmunks, but I thought the re-imaging of the familiar rhyme was at least something new and different and of course Jerry Pinkney's illustrations are top notch. I especially like trying to find the "star" throughout the scenes.
Beverly
Jerry Pinkney's lavish illustrations featuring lots of blues, fill up the pages, and depict the adventures of a little chipmunk. As he journeys through day, night and dreamtime, the little chipmunk sees stars on the earth (dandelions, flowers, etc.) as well as stars in the sky. A wonderful bedtime book.
Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance
A little chipmunk goes on a journey, guided by the light of a star. Using the words of the traditional children’s song, Pinkney tells a dreamy narrative through his vivid paintings.

“Up above the world so high,
Like a diamond in the sky.
Twinkle, twinkle, little star,
How I wonder what you are.”
Shelli
Beautifully illustrated picture book with an interesting retake on the original classic Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star. There are many things that are star shaped in nature at any times of the day. A curious chipmunk sets out on an adventure to follow the various stars he sees.
Alesha Harris
I love this book because the illustrations are awesome. This book is great to read to younger children. Also, the toddlers would enjoy the colorful pictures in this book. I would read this book to a Pre-K or kindergarten class, when teaching poems and rhymes.
Brenda Kahn
I absolutely cannot be objective about anything Jerry Pinkney does. His treatment of a familiar nursery rhyme is luscious, lovely and delightful. My only quibble has to do with the sudden appearance of the sailor suit, and well, the sail boat, but less so.
Jenny
I don't know what it is about this book, but I just don't love it. Maybe it's because I don't like the song, but there was something about this book that rubbed me the wrong way. I'm giving it three stars because the illustrations are beautiful.
Bridget R. Wilson
Such beautiful illustrations. I found myself pouring over the wordless spreads. Imay definitely be using this for a story time during this year's Summer Reading Program. The theme is Dream Big--Read and this fits.
Heather
Jerry Pinkney is one of my favorite children's book illustrators. He is simply fabulous. This book has dialog/song lyrics, but it is the artwork that pushes it to it's fabulousness and tells the tale.
Ingrid
Coming from Pinkney, this book is, of course, beautiful. It is a great one for talking about one-on-one, but not one that I would recommend as a read-aloud. A little too slow, too cerebral, too artistic.
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