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An Egg Is Quiet (Nature Books) by [Dianna Hutts Aston, Sylvia Long]

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PreS-Gr. 2. This beautifully illustrated introduction to eggs resembles pages drawn from a naturalist's diary. The text, scrolled out in elegant brown ink, works on two levels. Larger print makes simple observations that, read together, sound almost like poetry: "An egg is quiet. . . . An egg is colorful. An egg is shapely." On each spread, words in smaller print match up with illustrations to offer more facts about bird and fish eggs across the animal spectrum. The illustrations are too detailed for read-alouds, but there's a great deal here to engage children up close. The succinct text will draw young fact hounds, particularly fans of Steve Jenkins' Biggest, Strongest, Fastest (1995) and his similar titles. Long's illustrations are elegant and simple, and the gallery of eggs, as brilliantly colored and polished as gems, will inspire kids to marvel at animals' variety and beauty. A spread showing X-ray views of young embryos growing into animal young makes this a good choice for reinforcing concepts about life cycles. Gillian Engberg
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Kindergarten-Grade 2–An exceptionally handsome book on eggs, from the delicate ova of the green lacewing to the rosy roe of the Atlantic salmon to the mammoth bulk of an ostrich egg. Aston's simple, readable text celebrates their marvelous diversity, commenting on size, shape, coloration, and where they might be found. The author occasionally attributes sensibilities to eggs (An egg is clever, for example). Still, her quiet descriptions of egg engineering and embryo development (no mention of mating) are on the mark, and are beautifully supported by Long's splendid watercolor depictions of a wide variety of eggs. (One teeny carp–Steller's jays are not spelled with an ar, though they are stellar performers when wheedling for your lunch at a campsite!) A beautiful guide to the unexpected panoply of the egg.–Patricia Manning, formerly at Eastchester Public Library, NY
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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B00EB2Q5NY
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Chronicle Books LLC; Library Binding edition (August 20, 2013)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ August 20, 2013
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 4804 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Not enabled
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  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 36 pages
  • Lending ‏ : ‎ Enabled
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Dianna Hutts Aston is the author of many books for children and the founder of the Oz Project, a nonprofit foundation for disadvantaged children. She lives on an island off the coast of Texas.

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