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Reviewed by Tricia Gardella for Readers' Favorite
Elizabeth Everett has taken an old and beloved nursery rhyme and changed it into a scientific observation with Twinkle, Twinkle, Daytime Star. A star? A star that twinkles in the daytime? Then we realize, of course, it's the Sun. And so we begin to explore all the wonders of our solar system’s personal star. A star that seems “so small up in the sky, when we look with just our eyes.” We discover the benefits and dangers of our star along with the causes and effects. Beatriz Castro’s illustrations add a new dimension to this already intriguing tale.
In a few words, Twinkle, Twinkle, Daytime Star pays homage to nature in simple scientific terms that young readers can quickly grasp. “Your light helps birds and roosters know the time to wake and time to crow.” Castro’s rooster is so cocky he looks as though he alone might be responsible for the sun's rising. Verses flow, pointing out what adults take for granted but are new and engaging to young readers. It’s difficult to believe all this is accomplished in so few words. Then comes the almost overlooked bonus that Twinkle, Twinkle, Daytime Star can also be sung. Some stanzas need help, such as changing a few words into a contraction. But it works well; I’ve been singing it all morning. One more plus for both parents and teachers. This book offers all kinds of great interesting conversation starters. One that immediately comes to mind is, why are the seasons different?