There are so many great finds to be discovered within the walls of a library, so whenever this Examiner makes such discoveries; they will be shared here.
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Our first such book is Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star as told and illustrated by Iza Trapani. We found this book in the Laurel Public Library and pulled it from the shelf simply because the song has been a major request in our household lately. Who knew we’d discover such an imaginative special once we cracked the artfully illustrated cover?
The book opens on a dark night, with our lone star twinkling in the sky, waiting to be wished upon, with gold letters set on the dark blue sky recounting the classic children’s tune of the same name as this book. Turn the page and you’ll find a sweet, little blonde girl wishing upon the star so she could “…fly, and visit you up in the sky.”
The story progresses with the star bursting down to grant the girl’s wish; taking her on a magical ride. Through the course of her adventure she sees the moon, the sun, and the planets in a new and up close way – even getting to take a gleefully dizzying spin upon Saturn’s rings.
The star explains her usefulness to our planet and those who inhabit it by shining on whichever side of Earth that happens to be in the dark and guiding ships home in the night. My favorite part of this book reads:
Everywhere I look below, I shed my light and cast a glow. Over cities, over farms, on babies held in loving arms. How I love to watch them grow, as I shine on Earth below.”
My daughter’s favorite part of the book comes in the form of an illustration of children snuggled in happy exhaustion in the midst of a slumber party.
This is a book that moves with the same natural flow of the original song, using colorful illustrations and taking children along on its enchanting ride. My only complaint is that the pages with gold lettering can be challenging to read off the dark background. A minor inconvenience for a book the little ones will enjoy reading again and again.
The final page of the book provides readers with the sheet music to Twinkle, Twinkle along with 11 additional verses.
About the book:
Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star
Written and Illustrated by Iza Trapani
Published by: Whispering Coyote Press
Hard Cover, 32 pages
Recommended for ages: 4-8
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