Twinkle, Tickle, Little Star

Author(s): Anne Hunter

NZ Picture Books

Twinkle, tickle, little star, of the salty sea.

Near the rocks where mussels cling, is where I’m sure to be.

A zillion feet adorn my arms; I don’t have a head or teeth.

My bottom’s on the top of me; my mouth is where? Underneath.

Anne Hunter's playful and delightful rhymes along with Dave Gunson's superb illustrations, perfectly capture the unique characteristics of a range of creatures and plant life that young children commonly encounter when exploring the New Zealand seashore. Rhyming verse delightfully details some of the special features of triplefins, hermit crabs, scallops, jellyfish, sea anemones, seaweed, black-backed gulls, paddle crabs, paua, katipo, sponges and starfish. This entertaining book is intended to be read aloud and children will be fascinated to learn more about the wild life on the seashore so they can enjoy exploring when visiting the beach. There is a fascinating facts section to supplement the verse at the back of the book.

Bella's Review:

A lovely guide to sea life Aotearoa's rocky shore, great for introducing young children to the ocean. With a new creature on each double page spread, this book provides children and caregivers with a simple yet informative idea of what they might find along the New Zealand coastline in the form of a simple poem. Hermit crabs (k?unga), seastars (patangaroa), triplefins (ika tiratoru), anemones (kotore moana) and even katip? are included (although macrons are sadly not). There is also a fascinating facts section at the back which offers further detail for those wanting to learn more.

Twinkle, Tickle, Little Star can be read alone or aloud, making it perfect for children from age 3+


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General Fields

  • : 9781869665401
  • : New Holland Publishers (New Zealand) Ltd
  • : New Holland Publishers (New Zealand) Ltd
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Anne Hunter
  • : Dave Gunson