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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 5 years
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Blue Apple Books; Ltf edition (April 10, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1609051912
  • ISBN-13: 978-1609051914
  • Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 8.3 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,044,043 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Matte cut-paper collages with wood-grain, paper, fabric, and other textures illustrate this nature-themed counting book. "Nine eggs, round and black, safe in shimmering jelly, floating on the pond. Who will the babies be?" reads one spread. Gatefolds open to the right or upward, revealing the answers: "9 frog tadpoles, breathing with feathery gills and swishing finny tails." Charming and lovingly designed entertainment. Ages 3-up" -Publishers Weekly (June 2012)

"Writing for a younger audience than usual, Halfmann pares down the text, leaving a math/science book that will have readers counting, guessing and learning baby-animal names...A clean design and predictable pattern help readers join in...For her picture-book debut, Thompson plays up the nature theme by using richly textured papers and fabrics to fashion her cut-paper collages. While her shapes and outlines are quite simple, their textures are anything but plain, adding another whole dimension to the artwork...A solid addition to the spring egg shelf." -Kirkus Reviews

"From 1 penguin to 10 ostriches, this gatefold gallery offers a first gander at eggs--not just avian but the frog, snake, fish, and platypus sort, too--and the hatchlings that emerge from them. Composing simple cut-shape collages from a variety of scored, patterned, and textured papers in subdued hues, Thompson provides plenty of clues...Halfmann's commentary, likewise patterned, is rich in natural details...Literal-minded younger children will have no trouble absorbing both the informational content and the gentle verbal and visual rhythms." -Booklist (August 2012)

"Part counting book, part science book, this engaging title will find a natural home in classrooms and storytimes. Each spread features a number and a type of egg and invites readers, through bouncy rhyming text, to guess, "Who will the babies be?" The recto folds out to reveal the hatchlings. All types of eggs are covered here, from penguins to caterpillars to fish to snakes...The engaging question-and-answer format is enhanced by Thompson's gorgeous mixed-media collage illustrations..." -Kathleen Kelly MacMillan for School Library Journal (July 2012)

From the Inside Flap

What will peck and poke, or swim, or fly, or wobble out of these eggs? 

Whether one or many, large or small, white, green, or blue, an egg is always a surprise waiting to hatch into something new. 

Come count...

Come discover...

Come see what will these babies be!

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The book flowed poetically.
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Thompson created fun lift-the-flap pictures to accompany the number alphabet.
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This is a terrific storytime nonfiction book.
LP Salas

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A. Bridges on January 17, 2014
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I bought this to read to my son's Kindergarten class while they were studying egg laying animals. The class loved it and the teacher was thrilled to learn of a book she didn't already know. I then gave the book to the class as a gift. My son can't wait to go back this year, as a first grader, and read it to the new Kindergarteners. Really fun book!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By LP Salas on May 15, 2013
Format: Hardcover
This is a terrific storytime nonfiction book. Each spread describes and shows the eggs and asks "Who will the babies be?" (kids will be chiming in after the second spread). Then you open a gatefold that reveals the babies. Wonderful language makes this a delight to read aloud.

Nine eggs, round and black,

9

safe in shimmering jelly, floating on the pond.

Who will the babies be?

9 frog tadpoles,
breathing with feathery gills
and swishing finny tails.

Beautiful!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gaele TOP 500 REVIEWER on May 9, 2013
Format: Hardcover
This is one of those books that will frequently be read and played with. Covering the numbers 1 - 10 with flip-out pages to show the babies hidden within the eggs, the beautiful illustrations of the animals that hatch out, familiar and not so.

Simple and repetitive phrasing form a simple sing-song like melody that will appeal to young readers / listeners, and as they familiarize themselves with the story, there are easy words to pick out that can provide opportunity for games and interaction.

I received a copy of the book from the publisher via Edelweiss for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Betty Jackson on March 30, 2013
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I would recommend this little book to anyone who wants to demonstrate to small children that Like produces Like... things produce after their kind.
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