Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Other Sellers on Amazon
+ $3.99 shipping
+ $3.99 shipping
+ Free Shipping
Hatch! Hardcover – February 1, 2011
|New from||Used from|
See the Best Kids' Books of 2017
Looking for great new reads for kids of all ages? Browse our editors' picks for the best kids' books of the year including gorgeous picture books, fun new series starters, and captivating young adult novels.
Frequently bought together
Customers who bought this item also bought
Gr K-6 Birds are some of the most fascinating creatures on Earth, writes Munro, who proceeds to explain just how so with all the enthralling pizzazz of the Guinness Book of Records. The design of the book is a winner: page left an illustration of some eggs; page right clues as to what bird laid the eggs; overleaf a two-page spread of the bird in its milieu (with a small company of other creatures typically found there) and additional, often wowing, information about the bird. The illustrations are scrupulous but friendly and inviting, with none of the antiseptic character of a guidebook. The selection of birds allows for both the familiar ostrich, hummingbird, eagle and the unusual: black-legged kittiwakes, cactus wren, pegged for both the musicality of their names and some good and strange facts. Birds that sleep on the water with one eye open? Birds that build a nest as big as a car? Birds that can dive 700 feet under water? A bird taller than a professional basketball player? Birds that squat on anthills for the stinging thrill of it? They are all here. Munro doesn t just dole out the odd facts, but paints literally and figuratively a fine portrait of each bird, the kind that will keep a young reader rapt. --Kirkus January 15, 2011
Hatch! by Roxie Munro presents fascinating profiles of nine mostly familiar birds owls, hummingbirds, penguins, and the like in an engaging guessing-game format. Each bird gets a two-page spread: on one side, a close-up of eggs; and on the other, a series of clues about the producers of those eggs. Turn the page to find the answer as well as Munro's colorful, detailed illustrations of each bird's nesting habitats. An egg-shaped text box provides additional information, such as bird behaviors, reproduction, and feeding patterns. (5 8 years) --News About Good Books for Children and Teens
K-Gr 4 Which bird can turn its head 270 degrees? Which bird can stay under water for up to 18 minutes? Which bird never drinks? Which bird can run faster than a racehorse? Whose nest weighs more than a car? These and other fascinating facts about familiar and unusual avian species from the great horned owl and the emperor penguin to the cactus wren, ostrich, and bald eagle are presented in a fun and accessible format. A simple illustration of an egg or group of eggs is accompanied by large, bold text posing the question: Can you guess whose eggs these are? The facing page includes a brief description of the mystery bird. Turn the page and a detailed spread reveals an expansive colored-ink illustration of the species, its nest, and its offspring along with more information and interesting facts. A white text box at the bottom of the page lists other animals that share the featured bird s habitat, and readers will enjoy searching for them among the intricate illustrations. Useful for classroom units, this inviting and attractive book will captivate young nature lovers. --School Library Journal, May, 2011
Gr. PreK-3 Munro s large-format picture book makes a question-and-answer game out of a series of eggs and the remarkable birds that they produce. Each entry begins with a creamy, spare, two-page spread, with an image of eggs on the left-hand side and facts about the featured species on the right. Above the eggs is a bold question: Can you guess whose eggs these are? The subsequent spread offers a detailed, full-bleed view of the birds in their habitat, with more information about how they fit into their ecosystem and share it with other creatures. Munro s ink illustrations are clear and precise. The compositions of the egg illustrations are suitably simple, while the shifts between up-close and wide-angle perspectives in the habitat spreads give both a specific picture of the birds in question and a sense of their broader environment. Children will find the format engaging and discover --Booklist, March 15, 2011
Munro presents fascinating fact-profiles of nine mostly familiar birds - owls, hummingbirds, penguins, eagles, and the like - in an engaging guessing-game format. For each bird, we start with a two-page spread: on one side, a close-up of eggs (not very detailed, and not to scale, but that's not the point of the task); and on the other side, a series of clues about the producers of those eggs. It's thinking about the clues that will help readers to guess each bird, as the clues contain information with which readers might be familiar (e.g., a bird with the same colors and name as a major league baseball team, or the world's tallest, heaviest bird that can't fly). Turn the page to find the answer as well as Munro's colorful, detailed illustrations of each bird's nesting habitats. The art includes portrayals of adult birds, baby birds, the eggs in their nests, and a view of their immediate environments. An egg-shaped text box provides additional information that might not already be known by readers, such as bird behaviors, reproduction, and feeding patterns. A helpful list of the other animals in each illustration encourages even more interactivity. Suggested further reading and a small glossary are appended. The Horn Book Magazine, Danielle J. Ford May 1, 2011
"...Spanning the globe, the title includes emperor penguins, mallards, cactus wrens, ostriches, humming birds, and bald eagles. Throughout, the interesting tidbits are well-chosen to both reveal bird essentials and grab readers' attention, working hand in hand with the book's interactive elements as well as the large-size, bursting-with-vitality artwork..." --School Library Journal article, Explore the Animal Kingdom: Books for Reading Aloud
About the Author
Roxie Munro is the acclaimed author/illustrator of more than 35 books for children (including Mazescapes; Amazement Park; The Inside-Outside Books of New York City [New York Times Best Illustrated Award], Washington DC, Texas, London, Paris, and Libraries; Feathers, Flaps & Flops; Doors; Gargoyles, Girders & Glass Houses; Ranch; Wild West Trail Ride Maze; Circus; Mazeways: A to Z; Rodeo; Go!Go!Go!; and Inside-Outside Dinosaurs). Her books have been translated into French, Italian, Dutch, Chinese, and Japanese.
Roxie was born in Texas, and grew up in southern Maryland. Fourteen of her paintings have been published as covers of The New Yorker magazine. Her work is exhibited widely in the US in galleries and museums. Roxie studied at the University of Maryland, the Maryland Institute College of Art (Baltimore), earned a BFA in Painting from the University of Hawaii, attended graduate school at Ohio University (Athens), and received a Yaddo Fellowship in Painting. She lectures in museums, schools, conventions, and teaches workshops.
Roxie is married to the Swedish writer/photographer, Bo Zaunders, and lives in New York City.
If you buy a new print edition of this book (or purchased one in the past), you can buy the Kindle edition for only $0.99 (Save 75%). Print edition purchase must be sold by Amazon. Learn more.
For thousands of qualifying books, your past, present, and future print-edition purchases now lets you buy the Kindle edition for $2.99 or less. (Textbooks available for $9.99 or less.)
Top customer reviews
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
Having said that, I am very glad that I sat down and read this immediately after it arrived today. While the facts are accurate, they are not softened for the small child. The thought of the penguins fearing predators who are lurking and ready for the kill was a bit unsettling to contemplate, even for me. I think it would be upsetting for my nearly 5 year old nephew. Much of the time, I don't bother to pre-read books I plan to read to my grand nephews. This time I did, and I'm glad of it. This will be put aside for another day, perhaps one 5 years from now.
While the illustrations are well done, they really are not sweet or compelling, and they are quite busy. I don't think they will hold the attention of the very young pre-K children. There is just too much going on in most of them, in my opinion. I think a cleaner, less cluttered look would be more appealing for that age group, at least.
My recommendation would be to keep this one for grades 4-6
ILLUSTRATIONS: The illustrations were created in ink. They are nicely done and colorful. They are a bit too busy, however, especially for the younger readers.
THE GOOD: This was a fun way to present information about birds. You see the egg first with some facts that may help you guess which bird the egg belongs to. And seeing the birds in their very different habitats was enlightening.
THE NOT AS GOOD: The information was presented as one fat paragraph on each page. It looked pretty in its information "cloud," but for younger readers, it would be easier to read if the facts were spread out with bullets next to each fact. The eggs were all presented as the same size even though they vary greatly in real life. It would have been nice to see the eggs shown on the page in actual size.
AGE RECOMMENDATION: Grades 2-5
There seems to be a trend in children's books lately to preach some sort of opinion, point of view or indoctrinate the reader into some sort of philosophy that as a parent seems to me shouldn't be forced upon young minds without their parent's consent. Fortunately, this is not one of them. There is no agenda here. Just education and entertainment, which is exactly what I was looking for. Very straight-forward and a wonderful experience for my child.
The author chose a nice variety of birds too, from song to raptor to aquatic, we never lost interest. The illustrations are very well done and the book is a generous size allowing the reader to really appreciate them.
The only reason I rate this 4 vs. 5 stars is that it's not one that they have asked for since the first reading. My 4.5yr old paged through it on her own when it first arrived. Then I chose to read it (it wasn't requested)and although everyone enjoyed it, it doesn't appear that it'll be one that's frequently read or looked through. So, perhaps look for it at the library first before deciding to add it to your own bookshelf.