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The Easter Chick
     

The Easter Chick

by Geraldine Elschner, Alexandra Junge (Illustrator)
 

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Hilda the hen fusses lovingly over her beautiful egg. But weeks go by and her baby still doesn't hatch. Then one day, a tiny voice coming from inside the egg asks, "Mother, when is Easter?"Hilda doesn't know for sure. But Hilda's little chick wants to hatch on Easter Sunday, so Hilda makes it her mission to find the answer. A doting mother and her determined baby -

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Hilda the hen fusses lovingly over her beautiful egg. But weeks go by and her baby still doesn't hatch. Then one day, a tiny voice coming from inside the egg asks, "Mother, when is Easter?"Hilda doesn't know for sure. But Hilda's little chick wants to hatch on Easter Sunday, so Hilda makes it her mission to find the answer. A doting mother and her determined baby - with some advice from a wise owl - create an Easter dream come true in this delightful holiday story. Adding to the fun is an Easter bunny hunt, with rabbits hidden in many of the pictures for sharp-eyed youngsters to find.

Author Biography: Geraldine Elschner was born in France and later moved to Germany. She studied Germanic and Romance languages. She works as a translator of children's books and lives in Heidelberg. She has previously written Moonchild, Star of the Sea for North-South. Alexandra Junge was born in Ludinghausen, Germany. She studied art at the Technical College in Hamburg and at the Ecole des Arts Decoratifs in Strasbourg. Her work has been exhibited in numerous group shows in Europe. This is her first book for North-South.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
"With art that offers comedy, hidden pictures, a little science and the possibility of religious discussion, this book is definitely worth a good look," said PW. Ages 3-up. (Feb.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
Hilda had laid a beautiful egg. She waited and waited for it to hatch but nothing happened. Then one day she heard a voice coming from the egg asking when it would be Easter, for her baby chick wanted to be born on Easter Sunday. Since Hilda only knew that Easter was in the spring, she went to several animals and asked if they knew. Each animal sent her off to another, until she finally asked Max, the wise old owl, who knew exactly when it was and offered to signal to the unborn chick when it was time. The children who lived on the farm were delighted to see a newborn chick on Easter Sunday as they searched for painted eggs in the barn. The illustrations show Hilda in many expressive and entertaining poses, and the chick can be seen impatiently waiting inside the egg. There are wonderful changes of perspective from the indoor scenes to the outdoors. Parents as well as children will learn how the date for Easter is set each year and why it changes from year to year. Christian symbols can be seen here. On one page there are three wooden crosses on a hill in the background. On the same page is a "bunny" cloud formation. The story flows smoothly, and it is refreshing to see an Easter book that is not centered on the Easter bunny or Easter candy. 2004, Michael Neugebauer Book/North-South Books, Ages 4 to 7.
—Sharon Salluzzo
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1-Hilda the hen has laid an egg that is extremely slow to hatch. One day, she is surprised by a voice from within asking when Easter will be. It seems that the unhatched chick has heard others in the coop talking about "how lovely Easter is" and decides to emerge on that day. After conferring with Max the owl, Hilda follows his three-step instructions to assist her offspring in planning her birth date. The entertaining artwork reveals the mother hen's nonstop activities while also showing what the chick is doing inside her egg-pacing, twiddling her thumbs, etc. Through the course of the story, readers discover that "Easter is always the first Sunday after the first full moon that comes after the first day of spring." Though children may not be particularly interested in learning this bit of trivia, they will enjoy the scratchboard-and-oil illustrations. Young listeners will also appreciate the fact that the "baby" appears to be running this show.-Maryann H. Owen, Racine Public Library, WI Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780735820760
Publisher:
North-South Books, Inc.
Publication date:
02/28/2007
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.38(w) x 11.14(h) x 0.21(d)
Age Range:
3 - 6 Years

Meet the Author

Elschner studied Germanic and Romance languages and qualified as a librarian specializing in children's literature.

Alexandra Junge is an author and illustrator.

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