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P. Zonka Lays An Egg Hardcover – March 1, 2015
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K-Gr 3—While other hens lay eggs regularly and the rooster crows encouragement, P. Zonka wanders through the farmyard observing the world around her. The hen marvels at the grass and sky and urges her friends to appreciate the flowers. After they persuade her to try to lay an egg, she produces a spectacular multicolored creation, incorporating patterns that she has seen and imagined. The artistic chicken's name is no accident. An author's note explains that a pysanka is a Ukrainian decorated egg. Vibrant watercolor illustrations bring to mind folk-art decor and Chagall paintings. They burst from the pages to draw viewers in to share P. Zonka's delight with the colors and patterns of her world. The oversize format lends itself to read-aloud participation with follow-up decoration of real or paper eggs. Although Paschkis does not mention the tie of pysanka to Easter, those who want to make the connection to another culture's Easter egg painting could also use Katherine Milhous's The Egg Tree, the 1951 Caldecott winner. VERDICT A first-rate selection for most collections.—Kathy Piehl, Minnesota State University Library, Mankato
"[A] tale of the dividends of daydreaming, beautifully enhanced by colors and designs that shout "Spring!" to a winter-weary world. Charming, unusual and sure to induce smiles."
— Kirkus, Starred Review
"A lyrical and lushly illustrated allegory about creativity and taking time to notice beauty."
— Publishers Weekly, Starred Review
"Vibrant watercolor illustrations ... burst from the pages to draw viewers in to share P. Zonka's delight with the colors and patterns of her world. A first-rate selection."
— School Library Journal, Starred Review
"If every picture book is a little world unto itself, P. Zonka Lays an Egg is a place where the skies are forever bright and all things radiate delicious hues."
— The Wall Street Journal
"This ranks along books such as Leo Lionni's 'Frederick' (1968) that celebrate artistic dreaminess over conformity and remind us that good things are worth waiting for."
— Booklist Online
"P. Zonka's lesson is gently delivered: take time to produce something you will be proud of."
— The Horn Book Magazine