Who doesn’t love sharing a gentle favorite with a small child? Jerry Pinkney’s rendition of Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star allows readers to do just that. I shared this book with my 11 year old son, not quite the small child you would imagine sharing this beautifully illustrated classic with, but to the delight of both of us we shared it one evening.
I enjoyed the book on two levels. At first I, as my son, was taken in by the picturesque illustrations. The flow of the art, the depiction of the mouse as he drifted from one scene to the next enveloped in a palpable soft warmth, these elements pleased us as readers and enhanced our own nighttime snuggle. The world somehow slowed down as we spent time drinking in each page filled to the edges with the colors of fantasy.
On another level, the book was a delight to me because I never knew the whole poem. Much in the way that you learn the chorus to a favorite song, but never know the verses, I spent my life being able to recite only the first verse of the poem. I enjoyed reading what Paul Harvey might have regarded as, “… the rest of the story.”
Have a special little one you love to share the gift of nighttime stories with? Put this book on your Christmas list! I believe this is a read that will quickly become a favorite.