- Age Range: 5 - 8 years
- Grade Level: Kindergarten - 3
- Hardcover: 32 pages
- Publisher: Candlewick (April 22, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0763661686
- ISBN-13: 978-0763661687
- Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 0.4 x 8.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 7 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #165,313 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Two Speckled Eggs Hardcover – April 22, 2014
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PreS-Gr 2—Ginger's mom tells her to invite all the girls in her class to her birthday party or none of them. Reluctantly, Ginger consents, even though it means that oddball Lyla Browning, who smells like old leaves and brings a tarantula to show-and-tell, will be in attendance. As it turns out, the other girls play games by different rules, and Ginger's favorite cake flavor—pineapple and coconut—proves to be far less than a hit. Lyla is the only guest whose preferences and sensibilities mesh with those of the hostess, and a gift of two malted-milk eggs in a homemade nest marks the beginning of a true friendship. Penciled figures keep the facial expressions simple, while the gouache illustrations soften digital collage elements like the playground pavement, the tablecloth, and patterned couch, complementing the expected but sweet and satisfying story.—Joanna K. Fabicon, Los Angeles Public Library
As Ginger’s birthday approaches, she looks forward to her party. Faced with the choice of inviting all of the girls in her class (even weird Lyla Browning) or none, she asks them all. But at the party, the classmates Ginger had wanted to include do the most annoying things: peeking during Blindman’s Bluff, starting the three-legged race without her, and turning up their noses at her favorite cake. Ginger’s biggest birthday surprise is that her favorite guest is Lyla, who becomes her friend. The nicely paced story creates a series of small moments that make Ginger’s emotional shifts seem natural and inevitable. Created with pencil, gouache, and digital collage in a simple style, the expressive illustrations capture awkward, sad, tender, funny, and happy times with equal facility. In an early scene, Ginger and Lyla sit at opposite ends of a long couch, while near the story’s end, they both sit mid-couch as Ginger opens Lyla’s perfect present. A fine picture book for reading aloud. Grades K-3. --Carolyn Phelan
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Trude and Mike
A wonderful tip of the hat to creative, curious, self-reliant little girls who don't fit the mold. The artwork is joyous, too!