Book review by
Jan Carr, Common Sense Media
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Sweet and simple tale of hatching, flying, and friendship.

Parents say

age 2+
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Kids say

age 2+
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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this book.

Educational Value

Birds hatch from eggs and so do crocodiles. Birds peck with their beaks. The sun is round, and eggs are oblong.

Positive Messages

Change can take a while, but it happens in good time. When others are having difficulty, you can help them. When others feel sad and alone, you can befriend them. Creatures who are different can be friends.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Birds help crocodile hatch from egg when it's late. Birds notice that croc is lonely and befriend him.

Violence & Scariness

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Egg by Caldecott and Newbery winner Kevin Henkes (Kitten's First Full Moon) is a sweet book about baby birds and a crocodile hatching from eggs. When the lone crocodile is lonely, the birds fly back and befriend him. Underlying themes stress the rewards of patiently waiting, empathy, and reaching out to make friends. Perfect for the youngest readers, the book evokes powerful and universal emotions with very little text, repeating words such as "egg," "crack," "surprise," "good-bye," "waiting," and "listen." The pastel Easter egg art is as soft as its message, and there's an unexpected surprise at the end.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 3-year-old Written byllcox March 14, 2019


It's like a very beginning graphic novel in design. Charming and accessible to very young kids. This was probably my son's all time favorite book as a... Continue reading
Kid, 10 years old December 30, 2018

easy to read

i wish i was an egg eggs dont have to read and rite and go to school and eggs can do whatever they want i get really upset when my mom tells me i cant do things... Continue reading

What's the story?

EGG begins with four eggs of different colors. When cracks appear in three, baby birds emerge and take off in flight. But one egg is still intact. We watch the egg, "waiting," and the three birds return to "listen." They peck at the egg, it cracks, and out pops a crocodile: "Surprise!" The birds fly off, but the crocodile is "alone, sad, lonely, miserable," so the birds return and perch on its back as "friends." The friends watch the sun, which morphs into an egg shape, and a bird of corresponding color takes flight.

Is it any good?

This masterful book with pastel eggs and matching baby birds -- and a surprise baby crocodile -- will appeal to very young readers who will clamor to reread it. Egg showcases what author/illustrator Kevin Henkes does best: create a simple book that's also powerful and meaningful. Kids will have fun chiming in with isolated, repeated words such as "waiting" and "peck-peck-peck" and will identify with the young animals looking for friendship and fun. The end, in which a peach-colored sun evolves into an egg and a matching-colored bird is seen flying off, is odd enough to tickle young brains and stoke the fires of wonder.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the surprises in Egg. Did you expect a crocodile to come out of the unhatched egg? What other animals can you think of that hatch from eggs?

  • What's the message in the story about friendship? How is the message communicated in the words? In the art?

  • What happens with the sun at the end of the story? What do you think the word "maybe" on the last page means?

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