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Eggs Hardcover – March 15, 2008
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This handsome book introduces eggs: their functions; their wide variety of sizes, shapes, textures, and colors; and how they protect young animals growing inside them. Smoothly written, the text creates an even, almost conversational flow from page to page, leading seamlessly from one topic to the next. British illustrator Stevenson contributes large and small gouache paintings in a precise yet fluid style that suits the subject well. Though it’s difficult to get a good idea of size in pictures of animals and eggs isolated against white backgrounds, the illustrations are often striking and nicely detailed. Appended pages carry a note on environmental concerns, a glossary, a brief note on sources, a bibliography, and a list of organizations working to protect wildlife. Slightly older children seeking more information than can be found in the equally lovely picture book An Egg Is Quiet (2006) will find this a logical next step. Grades 1-4. --Carolyn Phelan
About the Author
Marilyn Singer is the author of over 80 books for children. She lives in Brooklyn, New York. For more information, please visit: www.marilynsinger.net
Emma Stevenson is a graduate of University College Falmouth in Cornwall, England. Her debut illustrations for Eggs, by Marilyn Singer, were called "striking and nicely detailed" by Booklist and "meticulous" by The Bulletin. She lives in England.
Top customer reviews
Different types of eggs can feel different. Some are hard, while others are soft. Some "may feel squishy, firm, or hard." Textures, size, forms and colors all vary. This amazing book discusses many different things about eggs you've probably never even heard about. This book discusses how many eggs certain species produce, why some species lay thousands of eggs while others only lay a few, it talks about insects who have "workers and guards" to tend the eggs, egg enemies, where the eggs are laid and/or tended to, how they are protected, nested eggs, how eggs are incubated, how long it takes eggs to hatch and finally what happens once they are out of the egg. Did you know that there were scientists found a turbot that had an amazing "nine million eggs" inside it? There are some amazing facts in this book!
This is an entrancing book! The factual material is very well written and researched and the art work is extremely well done and the combination meshes very well. Toward the end of the book there are seven illustrations of a chick inside an egg. The first three are cutaways so the young reader can look inside the egg. The last four illustrations show the process of the chick pipping the egg and finally emerging from the shell. In the back of the book there is more information about protecting eggs, a glossary, an index and a listing of wildlife organizations, including their web sites. This is an excellent book just waiting for a spot for on your homeschool or classroom shelves!