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The Talking Eggs Hardcover – September 29, 1989


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 and up
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten and up
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Dial Books for Young Readers; 1st edition (September 29, 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0803706197
  • ISBN-13: 978-0803706194
  • Product Dimensions: 10.3 x 10.3 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #107,815 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Two sisters lived down Louisiana way long ago: Rose, who was unpleasant, mean, and the older of the two; and her younger sister, Blanche, who was "sweet and kind and sharp as forty crickets." Guess who has to do all the work for Rose and their mother? Blanche's kind and obedient nature finally pays off when she helps an old woman who has magical powers--and a chicken house full of talking eggs containing treasures for those who do as they're told: gold and silver, jewels, silk dresses, satin shoes, "even a handsome carriage that grew in a wink from the size of a matchbox...." Robert D. San Souci's lively, humorous retelling of this Creole folktale abounds with colorful expressions, and Jerry Pinkney's full-page illustrations make us believe in the marvels that Blanche finds, even the two-headed cow, square-dancing rabbits, and rainbow-colored chickens! This inspired collaboration, a 1989 Caldecott Honor Book, will delight young readers who like a captivating story with a strong heroine and a dash of mystery. (Ages 5 to 10) --Marcie Bovetz

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In this adaptation of a Creole folktale, Blanche is kind, loving and patient, but her older sister Rose takes after their mean, sneaky mother. One day Blanche befriends a hideous old "aunty" on a path near her home and is rewarded with magic eggs. Of course, Rose and the girls' mother are beside themselves with envy, and Rose sets out to snag some eggs of her own. But greedy Rose's cruel nature gets her into trouble. She torments the old lady, grabs the wrong eggs and ends up "angry, sore and stung." Pinkney's exquisitely wrought illustrations are close cousins to those in his Caldecott Honor Book Mirandy and Brother Wind , with similar woodlands and soft farmyard settings of the rural South. When the magic begins, the witch takes off her head, dressed-up rabbits do the Virginia reel and eggs begin to chatter. There are some spectacular scenes here. Ages 4-8.
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Well told, beautifully illustrated.
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This was one of my favorite books as a child!
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Read it as a kid and now read it to my kids.
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Format: Hardcover
This book received a Caldecott Honor as one of the best illustrated children's books in 1990. The rich, subtle watercolors expand the reader's appreciation of the story, and help keep some of its stronger elements in balance for younger children. The story itself is a cross between several favorite fairy tales, most significantly Cinderella, and represents a retelling of a Creole story from the American South.
A widow has two daughters, and lives with them on a poor farm that "looked like the tail end of bad luck." Rose, who was like her mother, was "cross and mean and didn't know beans from birds' eggs." Her sister, Blanche, was "sweet and kind and sharp as forty crickets."
Unfortunately, their mother liked Rose best because they were so similar, being "bad-tempered, sharp-tongued, and always putting on airs." While the two of them chatted, Blanche did the work.
One day, Blanche was getting water and ran into an older woman who asked for a drink. Blanche helped her. As a result, Blanche was late returning and received much ill-treatment from her mother and sister. Running off, Blanche saw the old woman again, who asked Blanche to join her. She warned Blanche not to laugh and to do as she was told. Soon, they are in a magical place where all kinds of strange things happen. But there is plenty to eat and drink. At the end, Blanche is told to bring back certain talking eggs and throw them over her shoulder. When she does, a nice set of surprises occurs.
Immediately jealous, her mother sends Rose to the old woman to get similar help. But Rose cannot follow directions, and the magic either doesn't work for her or causes her problems.
In each case, justice is done.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Allyson on December 7, 1999
Format: Hardcover
I personally like the story a lot. It was magical. Usually magic stories I like a lot. Blanche, the sister of Rose, did all the work. Blanche got in trouble and an old lady took Blanche to her house. There was a two-headed cow, colored chickens, and in the evening rabbits came to dance outside the house. Blanche took some eggs and .....find out!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ife on July 15, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Wow, I got chills when I saw this on here. This book is awesome! It was my favorite book for the longest....my mom must have read it to me 1000 times, and each time felt as enchanting as the first. The author really has a talent for activating a child's imagination. I'm going to buy it now and save it for when I have kids. Yes, it's that serious !
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 29, 1997
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This is my daughter's favorite book. The illustrations are wonderful and the story line very creative. A must for any folklore lover.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By D. Blankenship HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on October 12, 2006
Format: Hardcover
There is not much not to like about this work. The author has given us a great folk tale, well written, wonderful illustrations, a work full of lessons and just a pure simple fun story to read. Like all good fables this one not only entertains, but teaches some very valuable lessons in life and living (something most of we adults could use a dose of now and again). This is a great book for a child to read on her or his own, a wonderful book to read with a child and a great book to read to an entire class. It is absolutely amazing the amount of discussion this book can create in a class room. I certainly am not going to go into the story line here, other reviewers here have done a grand job of that, but I do say the book is well worth owning and well worth using with children and/or young adults. I do wish more of our folk tales and lore could be so well presented. This particular edition is well constructed, sturdy and can last through many little hands. Highly recommend this one.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By slomamma on September 2, 2001
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This is a charming little folktale about two sisters Š one mean and greedy, the other generous and kind Š and their encounter with a strange, magical old woman. In the end, the good sister is rewarded and the bad one punished. A nice story with a good message.
But this isnÕt just a nice book, it is an extraordinary one. One thing that makes it special is the way the author uses language. Robert San Souci draws on an African American storytelling tradition and a southern rural dialect that just makes the language sing! The book is full of wonderful, poetic lines and great rhythmic language. ItÕs a joy to read aloud. The words feel good in your mouth. And any parent or teacher who reads aloud a lot knows what a rare quality that is. Even when IÕm tired, I feel like I canÕt read this book badly. The words just flow.
And the illustrations are gorgeous. Jerry Pinkney is one of the best illustrators around and this is one of my favorites of all his work. The composition, the subtle colors, the intricate detail Š you rarely come across art this fine in childrenÕs books.
I bought this book for my daughter a couple of years ago, and weÕre still reading it over and over again. ItÕs so good, I hope in a generation sheÕll still be reading it to my grandchildren.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Patrick Nugent, age 11 on March 12, 2000
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The book, The Talking Eggs, is like Cinderella because the nice sister, Blanche, is doing all the work and the mom and sister, Rose, are just sitting and just laying around all day long.........One day Blanche meets a woman and the woman takes her somewhere, but where? Hint-Hint.......two head cows and talking eggs. Guess what happens at the end.......who knows. Go get the book and find out for yourself!
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