Tracy Katz's Reviews > Do You Sing Twinkle?: A Story about Remarriage and New Family

Do You Sing Twinkle? by Sandra Levins
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Nov 29, 10

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Deciding which parent to live with and acceptance of a new family is addressed in Do You Sing Twinkle by Sandra Levins, illustrated by Bryan Langdo. It is story about two brothers who have to “share” their mom with two new step sisters and her new husband. The tough issues of divorce are addressed as emotions turn into bad days and acting out, and a solution has to be found to comfort a child who is experiencing a complex new world. “No one will ever replace you” is at the heart of this story. A tender tale about intricate family relationships, this book addresses the complexities of divorce in simple story form. The reader will get to experience a “bad day” with the main character and how he discusses what triggered his bad behavior. The open dialogue between the parents and the children in the story is helpful to illustrate how good communication can solve problems. The artistic content and title are somewhat deceiving though. The cover of the book shows a young boy gazing up at the moon and the title “Do you Sing Twinkle”, leads the reader to assume this is for a younger child, one who is still singing “twinkle twinkle little star”. The story line is thickly worded for a picture book and the content is heavier than what would be assumed from the title and illustration. Also the first line, “For a long time, my brother and me lived with my dad…” is an odd grammatically incorrect choice considering the heavier content. I would expect to find verse that speaks along with the rest of the plot; rather it is an odd start, one that sounds younger than the main character who appears to be 7-8 years. These incongruencies make the audience choice for this book more limited. The heavier notion of a new family makes it appropriate for children going through these issues, yet the very young overtones are oddly placed and some older children may be distanced by the lack of commonality. This book is most appropriate for families experiencing this situation. It also offers a “Note to Parents” guide at the end to address additional concerns a divorcing parent may be facing.
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