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An Egg Is Quiet Hardcover – March 2, 2006

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Product Details

  • Grade Level: Preschool - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 670L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 36 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books; Library Binding edition (March 2, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0811844285
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811844284
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 0.4 x 11.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #311,892 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

Kindergarten-Grade 2–An exceptionally handsome book on eggs, from the delicate ova of the green lacewing to the rosy roe of the Atlantic salmon to the mammoth bulk of an ostrich egg. Aston's simple, readable text celebrates their marvelous diversity, commenting on size, shape, coloration, and where they might be found. The author occasionally attributes sensibilities to eggs (An egg is clever, for example). Still, her quiet descriptions of egg engineering and embryo development (no mention of mating) are on the mark, and are beautifully supported by Long's splendid watercolor depictions of a wide variety of eggs. (One teeny carp–Steller's jays are not spelled with an ar, though they are stellar performers when wheedling for your lunch at a campsite!) A beautiful guide to the unexpected panoply of the egg.–Patricia Manning, formerly at Eastchester Public Library, NY
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From Booklist

PreS-Gr. 2. This beautifully illustrated introduction to eggs resembles pages drawn from a naturalist's diary. The text, scrolled out in elegant brown ink, works on two levels. Larger print makes simple observations that, read together, sound almost like poetry: "An egg is quiet. . . . An egg is colorful. An egg is shapely." On each spread, words in smaller print match up with illustrations to offer more facts about bird and fish eggs across the animal spectrum. The illustrations are too detailed for read-alouds, but there's a great deal here to engage children up close. The succinct text will draw young fact hounds, particularly fans of Steve Jenkins' Biggest, Strongest, Fastest (1995) and his similar titles. Long's illustrations are elegant and simple, and the gallery of eggs, as brilliantly colored and polished as gems, will inspire kids to marvel at animals' variety and beauty. A spread showing X-ray views of young embryos growing into animal young makes this a good choice for reinforcing concepts about life cycles. Gillian Engberg
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More About the Author

Dianna Hutts Aston is the author of Mama's Wild Child / Papa's Wild Child, When You Were Born(Candlewick), and An Egg is Quiet(Chronicle). She lives in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.

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This book is very inspiring to all young ones and adults as well.
Cherry Strawberry
The book cover pages alone are worth a long look, with carefully illustrated seeds/rocks/eggs.
Kristi L. Heck
An absolutely beautiful book, amazing illustrations, and informative without being dry.

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

27 of 30 people found the following review helpful By E. R. Bird HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on October 20, 2006
Format: Hardcover
You know how it is. A wave of newly published children's books hits bookstore shelves nationwide and somehow you miss some of the lovelier offerings in the mix. Basically, by the time you've gotten your bearings and have waded through most of what's out there, a fresh and entirely NEW crop of books fill the shelves and you're left wondering what might have eluded your grasp. What did I personally miss? I missed "An Egg Is Quiet", and I am thoroughly ashamed of the fact. Now I have come to right a great wrong and heap healthy scads of praise on this most deserving book. Beautiful and informative all at once, it brings scientific information to the kiddies in a form that both they and their very happy parents will appreciate.

Before we get to the words in this book, let's just open the cover. Ahhhh. See that? I'm talking about the endpapers. They're blue and artfully speckled. Okay, let's move on. Turn another page and now what do you see? Two pages of eggs suspended against a white background. Now we enter into the book and we learn all sorts of things about these yolky wonders. We see a massive variety in shell colors, from the magenta-tinged black-capped mockingthrush to the deep sea-blue green of the glossy ibis. We see how eggs can be different shapes, sizes, and have variegated patterns. They're even textured differently, and in the book we see the gooey, rubbery, hard, smooth, and rough eggs of the world. Old dinosaur eggs and the development of embryos lead up to the final discovery. Yes, an egg may be quiet. But just wait until it hatches and then just listen to the noise. The final two pages before the endpapers show all kinds of insects, birds, and other egg-hatching creatures taking a kind of final bow.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By M. Allen Greenbaum HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on February 20, 2007
Format: Hardcover
As of today, this is the best kids' book I've read in 2007. Although the extraordinary (egg-straordinary?) egg illustrations are the main attraction, the text is noteworthy as well. One can picture a kindergarten teacher softly reading the first few lines--the kids settling down, all big-eyed, looking at the large black spotted egg the accompanies the haiku-like opening:

"An egg is quiet
It sits there, under its mother's feathers...
On top of its father's feet
...Warm. Cozy."

"An Egg is Quiet" displays and describes eggs with unusual colors and shapes, often in two, even three "layers" of text. For example, heading one of the two-page spreads is the title," An egg is shapely." Beneath that are four "subtitles" describing egg shapes: Round, oval, pointy, and tubular." Finally, and in a smaller font, the author describes each of the four egg shape exemplars, usually with some revealing fact. The blue and brown eggs of the common mure, for example, are "pointy at the end, so if they're laid on rock ledges, they roll around in safe little circles, not off the cliff." The format of the text enables you to--quite literally--choose your reading level!

Other spreads in this amply sized books show eggciting (sorry) variations in color, size, and design; there's also a look at embryonic development of three kinds of animals. This maturation theme is revisited in the last few pages: When the animal is born, the egg changes from quiet to "noisy!" We also see a variety of adult animals, echoing the egg collection that opens the book. (It would have been better, however, to draw these adults in the same relative location as their corresponding eggs.)

All this, and I haven't even mentioned the glorious ink and watercolor illustrations.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Customer on March 8, 2006
Format: Hardcover
This is an absolutely gorgeous book with a variety of interesting drawings to look at and talk about with your young child. The drawings of various eggs found in nature are beautifully detailed and there is plenty of information about different egg designs and the habits of a variety of egg-laying species. Children are naturally fascinated by nature and this is the kind of book that piques their interest. My three-year old enjoys it and has been inspired by it to learn more and to (gently) seek eggs in their natural settings.

Nice Easter or spring gift!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By C. Betz on July 3, 2006
Format: Hardcover
There are just so many ways/reasons to read this multifaceted marvel! For the very youngest listener, elegant, lyrical prose describes an egg in concrete, easy to understand prose. The second layer of text gives the reader additional information about the various inhabitants of eggs and their incubation. Upon closer inspection, the names of the animal hatching from each egg are provided for would-be classifiers. This book is appropriate for a cross section of reader, from tiny lap-sitters to children on the rug during story time to young nature explorers. No wonder this book is listed on the 2006-07 Mockingbird Children's Choice Award List.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Paixmaker on April 11, 2006
Format: Hardcover
What a gorgeous book! And just in time for Easter! From the concise text to the colorful illustrations, this book holds my daughters attenion while teaching us both a thing or two. The naturalistic and realistic approach of the pictures was a refreshing change from the cartoon character filled world that is often pushed on children. We are egggstatic about this eggcellent book!
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