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The Talking Eggs Hardcover – September 29, 1989
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Two sisters lived down Louisiana way long ago: Rose, who was unpleasant, mean, and the older of the two; and her younger sister, Blanche, who was "sweet and kind and sharp as forty crickets." Guess who has to do all the work for Rose and their mother? Blanche's kind and obedient nature finally pays off when she helps an old woman who has magical powers--and a chicken house full of talking eggs containing treasures for those who do as they're told: gold and silver, jewels, silk dresses, satin shoes, "even a handsome carriage that grew in a wink from the size of a matchbox...." Robert D. San Souci's lively, humorous retelling of this Creole folktale abounds with colorful expressions, and Jerry Pinkney's full-page illustrations make us believe in the marvels that Blanche finds, even the two-headed cow, square-dancing rabbits, and rainbow-colored chickens! This inspired collaboration, a 1989 Caldecott Honor Book, will delight young readers who like a captivating story with a strong heroine and a dash of mystery. (Ages 5 to 10) --Marcie Bovetz
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In this adaptation of a Creole folktale, Blanche is kind, loving and patient, but her older sister Rose takes after their mean, sneaky mother. One day Blanche befriends a hideous old "aunty" on a path near her home and is rewarded with magic eggs. Of course, Rose and the girls' mother are beside themselves with envy, and Rose sets out to snag some eggs of her own. But greedy Rose's cruel nature gets her into trouble. She torments the old lady, grabs the wrong eggs and ends up "angry, sore and stung." Pinkney's exquisitely wrought illustrations are close cousins to those in his Caldecott Honor Book Mirandy and Brother Wind , with similar woodlands and soft farmyard settings of the rural South. When the magic begins, the witch takes off her head, dressed-up rabbits do the Virginia reel and eggs begin to chatter. There are some spectacular scenes here. Ages 4-8.
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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If you haven't read this book and not the others yet...this one might just hook you in.
In the time it takes to get from the beginning to the end of this book Kate has been chased by a bear, lost her means of transportation, been shot at by a feuding family and of course, comes upon a dead body in an old mining town. Par for the course, Kate is supposed to stay out of the investigation of the woman who was found at the mine, but Kate can't let it go. She does some investigating of her own and tries to settle things with the family who is having a few domestic problems so that the wife will at least untie her husband from the bed and put down the shotgun.
There are a lot of very humorous moments in the book as well as serious ones, but this is very good and well worth reading. Throughout the book people constantly mumble, "breakup!" because a lot of the problems start there.
The setting is what grabs you - the characters then reach in and grab you - pretty soon you too will be hooked. She is one tough cookie that is a joy to get to know through this series.
The only complaint I have at all about all of the books in the series has nothing to do with the author and EVERYTHING to do with people who do not know how to write a review - please ppl - I would like to read the book myself without knowing who dies, who sleeps with who, who the killer is or any of the above.Several idiotic reviewers totally ruined a book in this series for me - people if you want to write then download the free book on how to write a book for the Kindle and spare all of us PAYING customers your need to feel important!