Penny is a lonely little girl who gazes out of her window at night and pretends that the stars are her friends. Then, one night, a shooting star lands in her garden.
Together, they chase the quietness away, and fill the night with giggle and bounce. They even share a secret or two.Before too long, Little Star has to return to the sky - with Penny‚ ™s help.
Charming, gently humorous and beautifully illustrated.
I read this book today to my baby while we were waiting at the library. What attracted me to it from the start was the title. Not only is Twinkle a special name for my eldest, but the title on the book's cover is silver and sparkles with stars. It really catches your eye and stands out on the shelf. It also enchanted my baby who put her hands out to touch the shiny letters.
The other thing that draw me to the book was the author Nick Bland. Bland has done a few books that we are familiar with. So I know roughly what to expect when I pick up a Bland picture book. It will have whimsy, beautiful illustrations and a lovely story with some quiet humour. And that is what I found in Twinkle.
Its a beautiful story about friendship, mixed up with fantasy. Each part of the prose flows beautifully to the next. There are a few wordless pages which take you on a journey, and the pictures tell you the story as well. The illustrations are just as striking inside as the cover. The stars glow beautifully on each page. The child's face is kind and loveable. There are also hidden in the pages, other stories going on. This allows you to talk about what else is happening around the main characters. We really enjoyed this book, and it would easily be re-readable too. Given the presentation, if I was looking to buy a picture book $21 would not be too much for this one.
Ok so this little bedtime tale has a wonderful idea and theme behind it. The artwork is lovely. Unfortunately it did not hold miss4's interest, which is interesting as this is a child who thrives on books and loves every story.
I think for her the pages were to dark, not enough bright colours to enthral her. The pages that just have pictures without words seemed to annoy her and left her a little confused. However with that said and done, she did spend the following week wishing upon stars every night, but it has not been a story she has requested to have read to her again, and any attempt at reading it to her again has resulted in it not happening.
A lovely little bedtime tale, but possibly will not appeal to all. I do wonder if miss4 will have a greater appreciation of the story when she is older and understands the meaning within the story though, as I believe this would make a difference to ones' enjoyment of the story.
This is a beautifully simple tale, packed with that 'warm fuzzy glow' that you get as you watch little faces getting entranced by the pictures and the story.
Sure, it's a simple tale, but it's a bedtime story for little ones... and my 2yr old son was enthralled - which is something worthy of note, let me tell you!
The artwork is astounding... full of little details that slowly creep in around the edges, culminating at the end of the story where you suddenly realise that even though it's all about one little girl and one little star... it isn't really just about them.
Overall, a charming nocturnal read, well worth it for every house who has a child under the age of say 5 or 6. After that and they start to want stories with a bit more grit in them.
This is a great little book with nice easy bold sentences. It has nice big pages full of wonderful pictures which all my children have really enjoyed.
I did find I had to stop the kids turning the pages so quick when I was reading and asking what was happening in the pictures due to them wanting to race through to see if the little star got back home.
Overall this is a great book which will be used many a time for bedtimes as my daughter was more than happy to go to sleep after having this read to her.
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