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Hattie Peck Hardcover – March 15, 2016
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PreS-Gr 2—Hattie Peck is a hen who thinks and dreams about eggs—lots of eggs, big and small. Hattie laid an egg of her own only once, and it never hatched, so she now begins a journey to rescue abandoned eggs and hatch every one of them. For days and weeks she searches, across the ocean, through villages and great cities, over mountains, and through caves, fire, wind, rain, and snow, so that each lonely egg may be brought home and hatched. Hattie, with her distinctively painted teal feathers, rides the frothing arc of a wave, rolls eggs down a tiled roof as though playing a delicate game of Plinko, and glides across an endless cityscape in a parachute harness as she doggedly moves a tower of precious eggs homeward in a series of painted vignettes highlighting the enormity of her struggles. Hattie is, at last, a mom. The spread of the hen coop and more than 40 of Hattie's "chicks" sporting hand-knitted outerwear is marked by changes in font and a comic sense of the absurd. VERDICT A sweet tribute to a mother's love, this book is a recommended general purchase for readers in all libraries.—Mary Elam, Learning Media Services, Plano ISD, TX
A sweet tribute to a mother’s love, this book is a recommended general purchase for readers in all libraries.” School Library Journal
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She is determined to seek out every throwaway egg, scoop it up and bring it back home where she can mother and nurture it and welcome it with loving wings into her family. She literally goes to the ends of the earth finding precious abandoned eggs that are just waiting for a loving home. She excitedly adopts every size, shape and colour of egg to make a perfect blended family.
When she arrives back at her coop her egg pile is humongous, her resolve even greater. Hattie fondly nests on her eggs day and after day, week after week exercising great patience. Does this depress her? Au contraire, she finally hears, "CRACK! SCRATCH! TAP! and her prayers are answered. Voilà her long awaited family has hatched!
Hattie turns out to be the perfect little mom and she and her eclectic hatchlings live happily ever after... Unconditonal love reigns!