Title: An Egg Is Quiet
Author/Illustrator: Dianna Aston / Sylvia Long
Publisher/Date: Chronicle Books / 2006
Genre/Audience: Nonfiction / Preschool and up
Themes: Eggs, biology, natural world
Opening: “An egg is quiet. It sits there, under its mother’s feathers… on top of its father’s feet… buried beneath the sand. Warm. Cozy.”
Synopsis: Excerpt from School Library Journal: “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.”
Why I Love This Book: This book is gorgeous and incredibly informative. Poetic language in simple statement form is supplemented by fact boxes that give the reader an in-depth look at the diversity of eggs on our planet. The author doesn’t limit herself to bird eggs, but includes fish and insects. I love the endpapers. The front shows the eggs and the back shows what has hatched from them!
Science lesson for book: http://sciencenetlinks.com/lessons/an-egg-is-quiet/
Author website: http://diannahaston.com/
Illustrator website: http://www.sylvia-long.com/
Video of hummingbird egg hatching (a bit long, but some great shots of the tiny nest, even tinier eggs and hatchlings, and the mother feeding the babies): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AnJg1zDduUM
Video of ostrich laying an egg: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vgi9kyynQ10
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