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Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  336 Ratings  ·  87 Reviews
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
Amber
May 31, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2016
Pinkney's illustrations. 'Nough said.
Rachel Doran
Nov 21, 2017 rated it liked it
I never thought that this well known song was actually a book. I thought that the book was well illustrated and I loved knowing the song was the story. The illustrations shows a chipmunk at nighttime who is trying to figure out what that bright thing in the sky is. He meets a ton of animals along the way as he continues to find the star. I think young readers would love this book, and of course it is a great bedtime story. I recommend this book for that reason precisely, children know the song s ...more
Emily's Storytime Books
Feb 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-and-babies
So, I absolutely adore this book. I love using the rhyme and I love the story with the squirrel and the artwork. However, you need to know the story really well to make good use of it. Then during the images where there are no words you can talk about it. I read it twice and didn't know it as well as I should have and I felt as thought I struggled a lot telling it. I won't read it again for Books & Babies, but it'd be good for the 3/4/5 storytime.
Becky B
Pinkney illustrates the full song following a chipmunk who finds star-shaped things all around.

Beautiful illustrations and make sure you read the author's note at the back to understand some of the allusions in the illustrations. This would be a great one for older art classes to analyze for themes and allusions. Recommended to kids who like the song and/or chipmunks.
Kelly Scott
Sep 06, 2017 rated it it was ok
Read it to my 2 year old tonight. It was hard for him to follow along. The chipmunk and the illustrations are just too far fetched and unrelated to the song. We were looking forward to reading it because he's familiar with the song, however, it was not a good fit for us. Maybe in a few years...
Arianna
Dec 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Genre: Poetry
Grade: K-2
Such a neat twist on twinkle twinkle little star. The pictures were so intriguing and thats what drew me in.
Cara Byrne
May 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
A lovely, imaginative take on a classic lullaby with illustrations of an adventurous chipmunk that take on a story of their own. This is a must-read/must-own for those who love Pinkney's art.
Kat
Oct 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
cute
Amanda
Mar 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: d-songs
Age range for this book is 2-5 years.

It is an illustrated version of the classic bedtime song that almost everyone knows and has more verses than we usually hear as well. The song follows a little chipmunk in his sailboat through the night sky and back down to earth to play with his nocturnal friends.

I think this is such a beautifully illustrated version of this song. I enjoyed the chipmunks journey through the night, and I liked the pages that didn't even have any words but still allows the rea
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Kristen
Jan 05, 2012 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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Christy
Nov 15, 2014 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
Gerardo Mendoza-Tovar
May 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
A chipmunk gets intrigued by the stars in the sky. The chipmunk walks up a tree and sits in a nest, which transforms into a boat. He then travels on the boat into the sky and experiences little adventures. The chipmunk finally wakes up from his dreamlike journey when he drops down into a pond and gets rescued by a swan.
I really loved this book because of the creativity of the plot and the beautiful illustrations by Jerry Pinkney. The illustrations set a mood to the story and they also express t
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Margaret Chind
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
Allison Linsey
Feb 13, 2016 rated it liked it
Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star

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 the shimmers of moonlight on the water. "How I wonder what you are!" marvels the tiny creature
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Jessica Harrison
Nov 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed, picture
Review via Cracking the Cover
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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Meg McGregor
Oct 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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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Barbara
Oct 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ncbla, picture-book
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
Brenna Kerley
Nov 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star was illustrated by Jerry Pinkney in 2011. The use of water colors in this book is incredible. This is a story of a curious little chipmunk who decides to leave his home to explore the stars in the sky and the twinkling lights of the moon and stars. While out, the chipmunk discovers so many new and exciting things that catch his eye and he continues to admire and look at. My favorite part of this book were the dreamy illustrations. While I was reading this picture bo ...more
Katelyn Mendoza-Weiss
Jerry Pickney takes a well-known children's lullaby, and creates a story out of it. Pickney's book uses different creative elements that really bring the story to life and capture what is said in the book. Although there are not many words in the book the illustration really tell the whole story and even leave room for interpretation. He uses the entire spread of the page as if the main character, the Chipmunk, is walking along the pages into the next. This makes it feel as though we are taking ...more
Sarah
Apr 12, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: kidlit, picture-books
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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Jordan Cummings
Oct 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Dec 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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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Nancy Mosqueda
Dec 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Rachel
Jun 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
The Library Lady
Nov 12, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: picture-books
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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Shayla
Apr 22, 2013 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
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
Kim
Sep 16, 2014 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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Lyn
Dec 20, 2013 rated it liked it
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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JERRY PINKNEY is one of children’s literature’s most time-honored artists. He has been illustrating children’s books for over 40 years and has more than 75 books to his credit. He has the rare distinction of being the recipient of five Caldecott Honor books and the winner of the Caldecott medal for The Lion and the Mouse. He has also won the Coretta Scott King Award five times, the Coretta Scott K ...more
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