Friday, February 3, 2012

Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star by Jerry Pinkney

Happy Friday, dear readers.
Today, I'll be joining the Perfect Picture Book Friday over at Susanna Leonard Hill's site.

I picked today's book because of it's brilliant illustrations and melodic prose. I know little ones will enjoy singing the words to this all familiar song as they follow the little chipmunk on his journey to the stars. This is definitely a sit-in-the-lap book to be enjoyed by young and old alike.
Happy reading,
The Queen

Book Title: Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star
Author and Illustrator: Jerry Pinkney (Caldecott Medal Winner)

Book Information:
Publisher and date: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (October 3, 2011)
Reading level: 1 and up
Book Info: Hardcover: 40 pages
Genre: Picture book fantasy
ISBN: 978-0316056960

Book Theme:
nature, searching for stars in the world around us, chasing dreams. 

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, launching a dreamlike quest to reach for the stars.

Inspired by one of our most popular children's lullabies, Jerry Pinkney's gentle world--where the loving arms of nature embrace us despite darkness or uncertainty--is perfect for easing little ones into dreamland.

Activity Adventures:

Young Readers:
Where can you find stars in nature? What about other places?
Lets go on a star hunt. Take a notebook or camera and take a walk, searching for stars as you go. 

Older Readers:
Research where the poem originated and why. Who wrote it? For what reason? Check the back of the book for information.

Learn about our solar system over at Kids Astronomy. 

Crafty Ideas:
Make glitter stars like the one pictured to hang around your room

Authors Arena

Image from Jerry Pinkney

Read an interview with Jerry Pinkney at Reading Rockets 

Biography from

A native of Philadelphia, Jerry studied at the Philadelphia College of Art (now the University of the Arts) where, in 1992 he received the Alumni Award. He has been illustrating children's books since 1964, illustrating over one hundred titles, and earned the Caldecott Medal for his nearly wordless picture book The Lion & the Mouse in 2010. Among his many other accolades he has also been the recipient of five Caldecott Honor Medals, five Coretta Scott King Awards and four Coretta Scott King Honors, five New York Times Best Illustrated Book awards, and in 2006 the Original Art's Lifetime Achievement Award from the Society of Illustrators, New York, NY.
In addition to his work in children's books, Jerry has had over thirty one-man retrospectives at venues ranging from the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL to the California African American Museum, Los Angeles, CA. He has exhibited in over one hundred group shows in the USA, Japan, Russia, Italy, Taiwan and Jamaica. Jerry has illustrated for a wide variety of clients, including the U.S. Postal Service, National Park Service, and National Geographic. Jerry created art for the Harry Chapin Run Against Hunger commemorative poster, a foundation that helps bring food to those in need. He was invited to create a painting for the 30th Bologna Book Fait, Bologna, Italy and the NASA Art Collection at the John F. Kennedy Space Center. He was appointed to serve on the U.S. Postal Services Citizens Stamp Advisory Committee (1982-1992). In 2001 Jerry was invited by Laura Bush to illustrate and design the White House Christmas Program. He has held professorships teaching art at Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY; the University of Delaware, Newark, DE; and the University of Buffalo, Buffalo, NY. In 2003, Jerry was appointed to the National Council of the Arts - NEA (2003-2009). His art can be found in the permanent collections at the Library of Congress, the New York Public Library, the Delaware Art Museum and the Brandywine River Art Museum.
His works have been featured in The New York Times, Arts Section, American Artists Magazine, The Horn Book Magazine, The CBS Sunday Morning Show and PBS Reading Rainbow Room. Pinkney is also a past trustee for the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art and the Katonah Museum of Art. He lives with his wife, author Gloria Jean, in Westchester County, NY.

The artist has used a combination of watercolor, pencil and colored pencils probably as skillfully and effectively (and more so) than I have ever seen executed. Each frame consists of scenes taken straight from the wild; from nature and the softness he has achieved while staying true to his subject is rather remarkable. Through his illustrations and illustrations alone, Pinkney suddenly shifts from pure natural surroundings into a semi-world of fantasy as our curious and somewhat mischievous chipmunk suddenly finds himself in a small sailor's suit guiding a small sailing craft though the trees, is grabbed by the wind a then voyages among the stars. 

1 comment:

Julie Hedlund said...

Can't go wrong with Pinkney! Thanks for sharing this one.