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This handsome book introduces eggs: their functions; their wide variety of sizes, shapes, textures, and colors; and how they protect young animals growing inside them. Smoothly written, the text creates an even, almost conversational flow from page to page, leading seamlessly from one topic to the next. British illustrator Stevenson contributes large and small gouache paintings in a precise yet fluid style that suits the subject well. Though it’s difficult to get a good idea of size in pictures of animals and eggs isolated against white backgrounds, the illustrations are often striking and nicely detailed. Appended pages carry a note on environmental concerns, a glossary, a brief note on sources, a bibliography, and a list of organizations working to protect wildlife. Slightly older children seeking more information than can be found in the equally lovely picture book An Egg Is Quiet (2006) will find this a logical next step. Grades 1-4. --Carolyn Phelan

About the Author

Marilyn Singer is the author of over 80 books for children. She lives in Brooklyn, New York. For more information, please visit: www.marilynsinger.net 

Emma Stevenson is a graduate of University College Falmouth in Cornwall, England. Her debut illustrations for Eggs, by Marilyn Singer, were called "striking and nicely detailed" by Booklist and "meticulous" by The Bulletin. She lives in England.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 7 and up
  • Grade Level: 2 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 920L (What's this?)
  • School & Library Binding: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Holiday House; 1st edition (March 15, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0823417271
  • ISBN-13: 978-0823417278
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 10.2 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,843,899 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Marilyn Singer was born in the Bronx (New York City) on October 3, 1948 and lived most of her early life in N. Massapequa (Long Island), NY. She attended Queens College, City University of New York, and for her junior year, Reading University, England. She holds a B.A. in English from Queens and an M.A. in Communications from New York University.

In 1974, after teaching English in New York City high schools for several years, she began to write - initially film notes, catalogues, teacher's guides, and film strips. Then, one day, when she was sitting in the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, she penned a story featuring talking insect characters she'd made up when she was eight. Encouraged by the responses she got, she wrote more stories, and in 1976, her first book, The Dog Who Insisted He Wasn't, was published by E.P.Dutton & Co.

Since then, Marilyn has published over eighty books for children and young adults. Her genres are many and varied, including realistic novels, fantasies, non-fiction, fairy tales, picture books, mysteries and poetry. She likes writing many different kinds of books because it's challenging and it keeps her from getting bored.

Marilyn currently lives in Brooklyn, NY, with her husband Steve; their standard poodle Oggi, seen in the home page photo; a cat named August ; two collared doves named Jubilee and Holiday; and a starling that says, "Hi. How are you? Sweet Birdie. Okay!" Her interests include ballroom/Latin dancing, dog training, reading, hiking, bird-watching, gardening, playing computer adventure games, and going to the movies and the theatre. She's also a major Star Trek fan.

Marilyn is the former host of the AOL Children's Writers Chat and currently co-hosts the Poetry Blast at various conferences. Visit her web site: www.marilynsinger.net.

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Every animal "needs to make more of its own kind." When mothers go to the hospital, they come home with a live little bundle of joy, but many creatures, including some mammals lay eggs in order to procreate. Each egg needs to be fertilized with the male sperm. Some are "fertilized inside the female" and then they are laid, while others are fertilized outside her body. Each egg has an environment inside that enables the embryo to develop. Every egg has a yolk and oxygen, but it also needs a proper temperature to grow and mature.

Different types of eggs can feel different. Some are hard, while others are soft. Some "may feel squishy, firm, or hard." Textures, size, forms and colors all vary. This amazing book discusses many different things about eggs you've probably never even heard about. This book discusses how many eggs certain species produce, why some species lay thousands of eggs while others only lay a few, it talks about insects who have "workers and guards" to tend the eggs, egg enemies, where the eggs are laid and/or tended to, how they are protected, nested eggs, how eggs are incubated, how long it takes eggs to hatch and finally what happens once they are out of the egg. Did you know that there were scientists found a turbot that had an amazing "nine million eggs" inside it? There are some amazing facts in this book!

This is an entrancing book! The factual material is very well written and researched and the art work is extremely well done and the combination meshes very well. Toward the end of the book there are seven illustrations of a chick inside an egg. The first three are cutaways so the young reader can look inside the egg. The last four illustrations show the process of the chick pipping the egg and finally emerging from the shell.
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