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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Story invites kids to reflect on themselves, their relationships, the world around them.
Terrific messages about importance of self-care, having compassion for others. Encourages perseverance and self-reflection while acknowledging importance of camaraderie and friendship.
Positive Role Models
The Good Egg is a positive role model for his willingness to help others, his attempt to remedy bad behavior of those around him, and mostly for his ability to step away from his comfort zone to prioritize his own well-being. He's courageous, determined to persevere on journey of self-discovery. He's also eager to forgive and learns to find positive in others and his situation.
Violence & Scariness
The bad eggs in the carton brawl, break their stuff, are destructive. Someone puts a "kick me" sign on the back of the Good Egg. The stress of their bad behavior make the Good Egg literally start to crack.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Good Egg is by Jory John and illustrator Pete Oswald, the duo behind the best-selling picture book The Bad Seed. It's a lighthearted, funny tale packed with positive messages about self-care and acceptance in a way that preschoolers will understand and even older kids will enjoy. The story is narrated by the Good Egg, whose kind and generous acts endlessly conflict with the "bad" eggs he shares his carton with. The other 11 eggs are destructive and naughty, fighting among themselves, breaking things, picking on the Good Egg (one page shows a "kick me" sign taped to his back), and there are seemingly no consequences to their bad behavior -- although they (mostly) straighten up by the end. The Good Egg gets so stressed out by his carton-mates that he ends up literally "cracking up," but his adventure of self-discovery will give parents a great opportunity to talk to young kids about the importance of prioritizing their own emotional, mental, and physical well-being.
Is It Any Good?
This witty adventure is full of great messages about the importance of balance, self-care, and acceptance of self and others. The Good Egg is a delightful romp for preschoolers and even older kids, who will love Pete Oswald's rich illustrations and Jory John's wise story. The stress that the Good Egg experiences because of others' behavior and things he has no control over -- and the methods he learns to use to heal and prioritize his own well-being (courage, contemplation, leisure, meditation) -- are wrapped in color and whimsy, making it appealing and relatable for young kids. Every page is fun and playful, and the overall message is a valuable one for readers of any age.
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