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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.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 940 (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Dial Books for Young Readers; 1st edition (September 29, 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0803706197
  • ISBN-13: 978-0803706194
  • Product Dimensions: 10.4 x 0.4 x 10.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #100,262 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Donald Mitchell HALL OF FAME on May 1, 2001
Format: Hardcover
This book received a Caldecott Honor as one of the best illustrated children's books in 1990. The rich, subtle watercolors expand the reader's appreciation of the story, and help keep some of its stronger elements in balance for younger children. The story itself is a cross between several favorite fairy tales, most significantly Cinderella, and represents a retelling of a Creole story from the American South.
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.
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By Allyson on December 7, 1999
Format: Hardcover
I personally like the story a lot. It was magical. Usually magic stories I like a lot. Blanche, the sister of Rose, did all the work. Blanche got in trouble and an old lady took Blanche to her house. There was a two-headed cow, colored chickens, and in the evening rabbits came to dance outside the house. Blanche took some eggs and .....find out!
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This is a charming little folktale about two sisters Ð one mean and greedy, the other generous and kind Ð and their encounter with a strange, magical old woman. In the end, the good sister is rewarded and the bad one punished. A nice story with a good message.
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.
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This is a very different book and I really enjoyed reading it to the kids. I had never heard the folktale before so it was fun to have something new to hear. It's a delightful moral tale set in Creole South. The artwork is typical great Pinkney. Size of the book is very nice for onlooking. I buy a lot through the Amazon used book program. It's so affordable and the quality is good.
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This book was one of my favorites as a child. I live in the north and it is a southern tale, but I fell into it like I was Blanche. The picture illustration of the story really stuck with me as well they aren't perfect and I love that. The gritty textures of the pictures come through and add to the story. I had to buy it as I'm 26 now and want to share it with my children one day.
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When my daughter heard this story read at preschool, she was so fascinated that she came home and related the whole thing to me. I loved her retelling enough to order the book, and the artwork and story are both exceptional. It's such a favorite that now I buy it often as a gift, because it's sure to enthrall both adults and kids. And, I'll never part with my original copy!
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This book was an Easter gift for my grandchildren. When my son and daughter looked at the cover, so many childhood memories came flooding back of their librarian reading this book to them in elementary school. This is an oldie but goody. Every southern child needs to read this as a part of their heritage. Happy reading.
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This enchanting story wo one of the Caldecott Honor Medal in the year 1990. The story is a re-telling of a Creole folktale. In the folktale, their ate two sisters, who are as different as night and day. The eldest sister is Rose who is offensive, rude, and selfish. The youngest is Blanche who is quiet, kind, and selfless. Their mother was partial to Rose, for they were like peas in a pod. Blanche was always sent off to do all the chores while Rose and their mother daydreamed on the porch of living in the city and having riches. One day, Blanche was on the way to the well fetching for water, when she found a thirsty old lady who asked for some water. Blanche gladly served her some, then returned home. When she got home the water was no longer cool and Rose threw the bucket and both mother and daughter started yelling and hitting her, so she ran away to the woods. There she found the lady again who offered her home to Blanche, with the promise to not laugh at anything she saw. Blanche accepted and headed with the lady deep into the woods. Once they got to her house, Blanche saw all kinds of strange creatures, like a core with two heads that did not moo, chickens of every color that made sounds like a mockingbird, the old woman could take her dead off to brush her hair, a bone that made a whole pot of stew, and a grain of rice, that against the mortar turned into a full pot of rice. Once they ate, they went outside and found the entertainment were some rabbits dressed formally dancing around the backyard, while another rabbit played the banjo. Blanche was so excited for all she saw, but soon fell asleep. The next day she milked the cow with the two heads that gave her the sweetest milk for their coffee. And after breakfast, was soon sent home by the old lady.Read more ›
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