This song is the only variant of Twinkle Twinkle Little Star we've ever heard, and it is stunning in its simplicity and beauty. Most children in the United States are familiar with Twinkle Twinkle Little Star based on the French melody "Ah vous dirai-je, Maman." As a result, this variant is a wonderful way to introduce songs from other cultures since the children can connect something familiar (the words) with something unfamiliar (the new melody.) This song uses the lyrics of the original, but the melody has been adapted completely to the more traditional modal melodies common to Arab cultures. Recommended for Grades 2-6.


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