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Volume VII Number 19 . . . . May 25, 2001
Twinkle, Twinkle, little star,In the early nineteenth century, Jane and Ann Taylor were among the most popular poets for young people. Their poetry was gentler than the didactic Puritan tradition of poetry which had dominated children's rhymes. Jane Taylor's most popular poem, "The Star," appeared in 1806, and it has become one of the best known of the later Mother Goose rhymes. This rhyme known as "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star" is from the "garden" tradition of poetry in which the pleasures of nature are revealed in language children can easily understand.
In this rendition, the illustrator, Lesley Harker, has given the poem a new slant with a nativity context. A modern boy and girl look at the holographic star from their bed and follow it outside until finally they come to Bethlehem. Along the way, they meet sheep, shepherds, stargazers, and the wise men who help them on their journey. The littlest one delivers a star to Christ in the manger.
The fresh and appealing illustrations are done with pen line drawings coloured with a soft watercolour look. These whimsical illustrations are reminiscent of the humour found in Follow That Star by Ken Oppel and illustrated by Kim LaFave (Kids Can, 1994). Toddlers and preschoolers will enjoy the details found in the pictures, and the large format makes this a lovely book to share at Sunday School. Although not an essential purchase for libraries, this picture book will be well used in libraries where there is a demand for inspirational and Bible materials.
Lorraine Douglas is the Coordinator of Youth Services, Winnipeg Public Library.
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