Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star is one of the best-known and most-loved poems in the English language but not many of us know where it comes from.
In fact Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star was originally called simply 'The Star'.
It was written by a lady called Jane Taylor (1783-1824) and first appeared in 1806 in a book, written by Jane and her sister, Ann, called Rhymes for the Nursery.
The book was very successful - a 27th edition was published in 1835!
Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star has been parodied many times over the years but the best-known example is probably the one that appears in Chapter 7 of Lewis Carroll's book Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland was written by the English author Lewis Carroll and was first published in 1865.
During the Mad Hatter's tea party, the Mad Hatter recites this verse:
Twinkle, twinkle, little bat!
How I wonder what you're at!
Up above the world you fly,
Like a tea-tray in the sky.
Playing around with words like this is a fantastic way of helping young children develop important
language skills, especially
phonological awareness, which is an essential pre-reading skill.
Twinkle Twinkle Little Star has a long tradition of being sung to a simple tune.
The tune was borrowed from a French melody called 'Ah! vous dirai-je, Maman', which was first published in 1761.
Mozart later arranged the tune and it is his version that we know today.
Twinkle, twinkle, little star,