From School Library Journal
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.
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