Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star is one of the best-known and most-loved poems in the English language but how 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 - so successful that 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 classic children'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.
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.