"Writing for a younger audience than usual, Halfmann pares down the text, leaving a math/science book that will have readers counting, guessing and learning baby-animal names...A clean design and predictable pattern help readers join in...For her picture-book debut, Thompson plays up the nature theme by using richly textured papers and fabrics to fashion her cut-paper collages. While her shapes and outlines are quite simple, their textures are anything but plain, adding another whole dimension to the artwork...A solid addition to the spring egg shelf." -Kirkus Reviews
"From 1 penguin to 10 ostriches, this gatefold gallery offers a first gander at eggs--not just avian but the frog, snake, fish, and platypus sort, too--and the hatchlings that emerge from them. Composing simple cut-shape collages from a variety of scored, patterned, and textured papers in subdued hues, Thompson provides plenty of clues...Halfmann's commentary, likewise patterned, is rich in natural details...Literal-minded younger children will have no trouble absorbing both the informational content and the gentle verbal and visual rhythms." -Booklist (August 2012)
"Part counting book, part science book, this engaging title will find a natural home in classrooms and storytimes. Each spread features a number and a type of egg and invites readers, through bouncy rhyming text, to guess, "Who will the babies be?" The recto folds out to reveal the hatchlings. All types of eggs are covered here, from penguins to caterpillars to fish to snakes...The engaging question-and-answer format is enhanced by Thompson's gorgeous mixed-media collage illustrations..." -Kathleen Kelly MacMillan for School Library Journal (July 2012)
From the Author
I got the inspiration for this story when I was researching birds and was amazed by the great variety in just bird eggs. That led me to research other animal eggs, which were equally intriguing!