To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
The Talking Eggs Hardcover – September 29, 1989
Frequently Bought Together
Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought
From Publishers Weekly
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Top Customer Reviews
A widow has two daughters, and lives with them on a poor farm that "looked like the tail end of bad luck." Rose, who was like her mother, was "cross and mean and didn't know beans from birds' eggs." Her sister, Blanche, was "sweet and kind and sharp as forty crickets."
Unfortunately, their mother liked Rose best because they were so similar, being "bad-tempered, sharp-tongued, and always putting on airs." While the two of them chatted, Blanche did the work.
One day, Blanche was getting water and ran into an older woman who asked for a drink. Blanche helped her. As a result, Blanche was late returning and received much ill-treatment from her mother and sister. Running off, Blanche saw the old woman again, who asked Blanche to join her. She warned Blanche not to laugh and to do as she was told. Soon, they are in a magical place where all kinds of strange things happen. But there is plenty to eat and drink. At the end, Blanche is told to bring back certain talking eggs and throw them over her shoulder. When she does, a nice set of surprises occurs.
Immediately jealous, her mother sends Rose to the old woman to get similar help. But Rose cannot follow directions, and the magic either doesn't work for her or causes her problems.
In each case, justice is done.Read more ›
But this isnÕt just a nice book, it is an extraordinary one. One thing that makes it special is the way the author uses language. Robert San Souci draws on an African American storytelling tradition and a southern rural dialect that just makes the language sing! The book is full of wonderful, poetic lines and great rhythmic language. ItÕs a joy to read aloud. The words feel good in your mouth. And any parent or teacher who reads aloud a lot knows what a rare quality that is. Even when IÕm tired, I feel like I canÕt read this book badly. The words just flow.
And the illustrations are gorgeous. Jerry Pinkney is one of the best illustrators around and this is one of my favorites of all his work. The composition, the subtle colors, the intricate detail Ð you rarely come across art this fine in childrenÕs books.
I bought this book for my daughter a couple of years ago, and weÕre still reading it over and over again. ItÕs so good, I hope in a generation sheÕll still be reading it to my grandchildren.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Book came with all the pages. No writing or anything wrongPublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
This book was a southern spin on Cinderella. It has so much character and imagination. The pictures were beautiful.Published 3 months ago by Lindsey
Loved the story with a good moral. Might be a little too much for 3 yo but it's fun nonetheless.Published 6 months ago by Mei-Jen Ho
This was my favorite book as a child and I'm so glad I'm able to share with my daughter.Published 10 months ago by Sharlisa Thompson
This is an enchanting book and the illustrations are superb. I think the story is just great and is a welcome addition to anyone's collection of children's books. Read morePublished 14 months ago by E. Ervin