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Hank Finds an Egg Hardcover – June 1, 2013


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Peter Pauper Press (June 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1441311580
  • ISBN-13: 978-1441311580
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 10.2 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #162,007 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

K-Gr 2-This wordless picture book is set in Dudley's fanciful Storywoods forest. With photographs of dioramas, she tells the story of Hank, a bearlike stuffed animal who finds an egg that has fallen from its nest. He tries various means to return it to the nest but cannot quite reach. A log he rolls up to the trunk doesn't lift him high enough and neither does the ladder he crafts together with twigs and twine. So, he carries the egg off with him to his campsite and tucks in for the night. Dudley has done a particularly good job with the lighting in the charming campsite scenes. The next morning Hank carries the egg back to its tree, wraps it in foliage, and watches as the mother hummingbird flies it home. The eggs eventually hatch, and Hank has three new friends. What is most unique about this book is how the setting is constructed. Dudley uses felt, paper, stone, and a variety of other materials to create her dreamy world. This is a book that is suitable in a one-on-one setting, as readers will want to take time to look again and again at the fine detail in the photos.-Roxanne Burg, Orange County Public Library, CAα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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*Starred Review* This original picture book features a fresh look, an endearing main character, and a wordless story that speaks clearly to young children. Hank, a little animal, finds an egg on the forest floor and tries to return it to the nest overhead. He rolls a log to the tree and steps onto it, but he can’t reach the nest. He makes a ladder and climbs up, but the nest is still too high. After sleeping with the egg that night, Hank returns to the tree and sees a hummingbird. Carefully wrapping the egg in moss tied with ribbon, he offers it to the bird, who carries it to her nest. Hank keeps watch nearby until three little hummingbirds hatch and fly to him. Dudley creates and photographs wonderfully detailed, meticulously crafted dioramas. Changing character poses, settings, camera angles, focal points, and lighting contribute to the illustrations’ unusually strong sense of reality. This unassuming story holds great appeal for young children, who frequently find themselves too small to accomplish what they set out to do. Hank prevails through his creativity, his persistence, and his ability to work with another to solve a problem. A quietly magical little book to share, one on one, with a small child. Preschool-Grade 1. --Carolyn Phelan

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Great children's book, and a unique production that is very uncommon in the computer age.
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I would recommend this book without hesitation for anyone who loves beautiful art, or for anyone who has a young child.
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This is a beautifully illustrated book which provides a clear story via pictures instead of words.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Nathan Webster TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 1, 2013
Format: Hardcover
"Hank Finds an Egg" is a sweet and adorable book built around a series of miniatures and close-focus photography, and is ideal for young children. The wordless narrative works as a short, cute story that will keep the child engaged with the photography and funny characters.

The book shows once again that live-action figures beat out CGI every time. Granted, this isn't a movie, but even a small child will know when they're looking at something 'real' vs. something computer-generated, no matter how supposedly lifelike. I think the real-life depth to the book's characters will keep a child's interest and I believe they'll invest with what they see as a 'real world.'

For adults, the all-picture story might be a little simple, with nothing to read along with. but I think any age can appreciate the strong workmanship that went into each of the book's 'characters.' Children will focus on the fantasy element, while adults will appreciate the effort involved, and can study the pictures for new details each time.

Great children's book, and a unique production that is very uncommon in the computer age.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Rick Smith on June 3, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I was at Book Expo America this past weekend, waiting to watch Neal Gaiman speak, when I had a nice conversation with Rebecca Dudley who was sitting next to the empty chair I had the lucky happenstance of being able to find.

In this conversation, I had the privilege of seeing the book "Hank Finds an Egg."

The story is beautiful. The art work is beautiful. I have seen few books with words that can tell a story with more emotion and completeness than Rebecca Dudley has accomplished with this wonderful book. Hand Finds an Egg teaches a great lesson about the benefits of altruism, and caring for others, even those you have just met. We need more stories like this in the world.

I would recommend this book without hesitation for anyone who loves beautiful art, or for anyone who has a young child.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mark Allen on July 9, 2013
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An adorable, heartwarming story told entirely in pictures, this remarkable book will inspire pre-readers to develop their own imaginations and vocabularies.

Imagine being asked to "read me a story" and sharing with your toddler one that has no words. That's the great gift of "Hank Finds An Egg." This gently told tale allows youngsters to add their own thoughts and insights to the lovingly-photographed illustrations that relate the efforts of a kindly, industrious bear to return an egg to its nest.

My older son (who loves sharing knowledge) enjoys looking at this book with his little brother, too.

An excellent addition to any pre-schoolers' library.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By E. R. Bird HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on June 1, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Photography in children's literature holds a real fascination for me. No work of pure photography has ever won a Caldecott Award or Honor and, when it comes right down to it, there are only two ways to even make a picture book for children with photos. Either you set up animals or people in tableaus and write stories/poems around them (Photoshop has aided in this process, though not significantly improved upon it) or you use models. If you go the model route you then have to be artistically talented in not one but two areas of expertise. You see where this is going. Most great artists who make models for picture books eschew using photography's strengths, relying entirely on their art. And most photographers who make picture books care more about their shots than the artwork or the characters they're shooting on an aesthetic level. The perfect medium only comes when you either have a fantastic model artist and a fantastic photographer working in tandem or, rarest of all, a fantastic model artist who doubles as a fantastic photographer. All this is just a roundabout way of saying that this is why a book like Hanks Finds an Egg works as well as it does. Calling herself "a builder, creator, photographer, and artist", newcomer Rebecca Dudley tells a fine tale without a single solitary word.

The first shot in this book is precisely what you'll see on the cover. A little bear (I think he's a bear, though his tail is admittedly a bit long) finds an abandoned egg sitting in the middle of the path. A quick scan of the surrounding area reveals the corresponding nest, though it is very high above the ground. Hank attempts several methods at returning the egg but each time he tries he finds he's just too short.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By bassgiraffe on July 15, 2013
Format: Hardcover
* Disclaimer / Disclosure: I received a free sample to facilitate my review. This post reflects my honest, personal opinion and experience with the product which may differ from yours. Product information courtesy of the sponsor. No monetary compensation was provided for this post.

My Thoughts-
This book has no words, just detailed photos of a bear named Hank who finds an egg and goes on an adventure to find where is came from. The photographs are of a forest scene made with what looks like felt, clay and other materials that can be used in small scale models.

My 7 year old loved reading this book to her little sister. With no words she was able to use her imagination to tell the story the way she sees it. Each time she has "read" it she adds more and more details to the story. I love seeing her be creative with her story telling. My kids love the photos and want a Hank stuffie for their bedroom. Something else I love about this story is it shows Hank struggling with the dilemma to get the egg back to it's home and how he doesn't give up and tries different ideas. That is such a positive message for my kids.

I would recommend this book to anyone who works with kids or has kids. It will spur their imagination. We look forward to more books done by Rebecca Dudley.
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