A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Birds hatch from eggs and so do crocodiles. Birds peck with their beaks. The sun is round, and eggs are oblong.
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
Birds help crocodile hatch from egg when it's late. Birds notice that croc is lonely and befriend him.
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.
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.
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