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What Will Hatch? Hardcover – February 12, 2013

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PreS-Using minimal text, Ward introduces seven animals that hatch from eggs-sea turtle, penguin, tadpole, crocodile, robin, caterpillar, and platypus. The first spread includes a two to three word "clue," and the question, "What Will Hatch?" On the second spread, the clue's rhyme is completed and the answer is provided in words and illustration (e.g., "SANDY ball./WHAT will HATCH?/PADDLE and CRAWL-/SEA TURTLE."). The book is designed for use with very young children, and the illustrations are dominant. Ghahremani's folk-art gouache paintings on wood, in soft blues, browns, and greens, are filled with patterns and animals with softly rounded bodies-several in cartoon style. A die-cut hole in each sequence denotes the shape of the creature's egg and is placed among other painted eggs. Unfortunately, the sizes are not to scale. For example, the robin's egg is larger than an extra-large chicken egg, while the platypus's resembles a small pistachio nut. The dark-brown text, hand-printed letters, with some words in all capitals, some in lowercase cursive, often does not blend well with the soft illustrations. The male emperor penguin incubates its single egg in an "egg pouch" on top of its feet, as indicated in the brief endnotes on each species. However, it has a fancy crown of feathers and distinctive black, white, and yellow coloring rather than the rounded head and brown shading of the bird in the paintings. Moreover, the concept of this book will be lost on the tots to whom it is targeted.-Susan Scheps, formerly at Shaker Heights Public Library, OHα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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This attractive picture book introduces a variety of animals’ eggs in brief phrases that include the question “What will hatch?” The first double-page spread illustrates a beach where a clutch of round eggs lie in a hole. The text reads “SANDY ball. / WHAT will HATCH?” On the next spread, three little sea turtles make their way to the water as the text says, “PADDLE and CRAWL—SEA TURTLE.” A die-cut hole representing an egg in the first illustration becomes an ocean bubble on the next page. Always decorative and sometimes informative, the gouache-on-wood illustrations anthropomorphize the animals with little smiles (even beaks curve upward). Oddly, the picture of the “PLUMP and SPINY” caterpillar shows a relatively slender, nonprickly specimen. An appended informational section introduces the term oviparous animals, gives fast facts for the eight types shown, and illustrates several stages of a chick’s development within the egg. Uncomfortably straddling the line between playful books for very young children and informative books for somewhat older ones, this volume is recommended for larger collections. Preschool-Kindergarten. --Carolyn Phelan
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 6 years
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens; First Edition edition (February 12, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 080272311X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802723116
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 0.4 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #318,252 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on February 27, 2013
Format: Hardcover
My daughters (2 & 3) absolutely love the illustrations in this book. Very lovingly rendered, and they love to see the diversity in the animals.
It is so refreshing to see books for children that are enjoyable for the kids, and easy on the eyes and ears for adults. Look forward to seeing more from this duo!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By catgrishaver on February 28, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Lovely illustrations in a soft palette, sweet text, and a very cool use of cutout shapes! So pleased our daughter will grow up with this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Heather Montgomery on August 15, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Through a catchy riddle format, Ward presents the magic of the hatching process across a wide diversity of animals. As an educator, I love that the first spread presents one clue along with a visual clue - the animal's habitat - which provides just enough information to stretch the reader's thinking skills. This book will charm and educate both the child and the adult reader.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Crickets on February 13, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I love this charming and educational book for kids age 2-5 (or "big kids" like me and other fun-loving adults). A great intro into basic animal biology. Science made fun and interesting for preschool through kindergarten aged children. The artwork is delightful and the prose is fun and understandable. GREAT book, highly recommended for kiddos.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By koyangi on September 5, 2013
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Love Susie Ghahremani's illustrations combined with the cute idea blending a sneak peek from each page into the next. Very simple wording, but interesting enough for my 5 and 6 year old to listen to. Bought this as a baby gift and I think it's short and sweet enough to be enjoyed at a young age.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By alligee on February 13, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Such a lovely concept and really fantastic illustrations by Ghahremani. Not surprisingly! Her work always shows a warm and lively world of nature and sweet critters in harmony with their world.

A very sweet book for children and adults alike.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Georgie K on February 22, 2013
Format: Hardcover
My kids ages 3 and 6 both love this book. They loved trying to guess "What will hatch?"! My 6 year old in particular loved the extra pages on Oviparous animals at the end. Great bright illustrations and they loved the cut outs in the pages!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Airlie on February 27, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Love this book.
Educational, sweet, and illustrated with style. Gorgeous colors and satisfying surprises abound!
I plan on giving this to several kids I know, and it's going in my own library too.
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