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An Egg Is Quiet Hardcover – March 2, 2006
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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.Read more ›
"An egg is quiet
It sits there, under its mother's feathers...
On top of its father's feet
"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.Read more ›
Nice Easter or spring gift!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A fine starter book that may prompts more in depth learning. The strength are in the visuals.. It may be a book glanced at now and gone back to on a later date?Published 1 month ago by Persop
These books are so beautiful. I buy them "for the kids", but really, they'll probably stay in my permanent collection after everybody leaves home.Published 6 months ago by Whitney Mitchell
My 2 year old has made this a daily read for the past year. She slowly looks at all the pictures and likes the first and last set of illustrations that show the egg and then the... Read morePublished 9 months ago by doug johnson
This book will be a good one for my science classes, but also literature. The colors are beautiful! I learned quite a few new things about eggs myself!Published 11 months ago by Anita
This book and the others are lovely. Great illustrations, very educational and keeps my toddler so engaged and interested!Published 16 months ago by SAHM