Twinkle Twinkle Little Star

Ages: 2 - 5Producer: Skyship Entertainment Company

p>Intended for Pre-K and kindergarten-aged children, the super-simple lyrics paired with the super-easy tempo do, indeed, add up to super simple songs. As you might guess from the title, this collection is best saved for helping children wind down for nap or bedtime. The entire playlist is sweet and soothing, even familiar tunes, such as “Row Row Row Your Boat,” “Ten In The Bed,” and even “B-I-N-G-O,” which viewers may have sung with more robust tempos. The DVD opens with gentle night sounds and a video of an animated owl flying into the night sky as a friendly sounding child sings “Twinkle Twinkly Little Star.” The owl and the star join “hands” and dance across the star-studded sky before the little owl returns to earth and settles in for sleep. Songs focus on Pre-K skills such as counting; letter, number, and color recognition; and building common vocabulary words. Some selections encourage simple hand and body motions; others teach days of the week.

The animation throughout the 20 selections is basic, and offers a variety of looks and range of animation styles. Overall, the videos are bright and the song style offers consistency. This mellow collection adds an extra layer of warmth and education to a child’s nighttime routine and many of the characters (the snowmen in “Little Snowflake,” in particular) are sure to become bedtime favorites.

Gina Catanzarite ©2018 Parents’ Choice

Gina Catanzarite is an award-winning television producer, writer, teacher, mom and media consultant in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She began her career in 1987 and counts 9 Emmy awards, 26 Emmy nominations, a Matrix award, two Pennsylvania Broadcaster’s Association Awards, 8 Telly Awards, and a screenwriting grant from the Theatre Association of Pennsylvania, among her professional honors.