The Egg

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The Hindu people believed that the world was created when a cosmic egg split in two and Brahma made the heavens out of one half and the earth out of the other. That explanation may have been inspired by the observation that many creatures hatch from eggs. In THE EGG, learn about the many different ways creatures produce eggs and how the young emerge from them. Told with as much wit as fact, this egg-citing story will captivate readers of all ages.

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Overview

The Hindu people believed that the world was created when a cosmic egg split in two and Brahma made the heavens out of one half and the earth out of the other. That explanation may have been inspired by the observation that many creatures hatch from eggs. In THE EGG, learn about the many different ways creatures produce eggs and how the young emerge from them. Told with as much wit as fact, this egg-citing story will captivate readers of all ages.

Brilliant, precise illustrations with a touch of whimsy show the story of the egg from its earliest days in the deep oceans over three billion years ago, to birds' nests and animals that carry their eggs inside their bodies today. This fascinating book explores the myths and realities of the egg-straordinary egg.

Describes how fish, birds, insects and other creatures lay eggs to reproduce and tells about some stories and customs involving eggs.

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Children's Literature
The egg is the subject of this comprehensive picture book. Using two-tiered text, information is presented about the myths and legends of eggs¾egg types and egg laying behaviors of fish, reptiles, amphibians, spiders, birds and mammals, as well as assorted cultural beliefs regarding eggs. Fascinating facts are sprinkled throughout. The American oyster lays the most eggs. Baby seahorses grow inside a pouch in the male's belly. The pointed eggs of cliff-nesting birds do not roll off the cliff. The author did not resist the temptation to create such words as "eggspands," "eggscruciating" and "eggstremely." The drawings are crisp and colorful, lending an appeal to the light-heartedness of the text. Use with studies about egg laying animals and family life. 2001, Charlesbridge, $16.95 and $6.95. Ages 6 to 9. Reviewer: Jacki Vawter
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K-Gr 3-This book is like having two titles in one. Gill first looks at the mythology and symbolism related to eggs, then segues into their evolutionary past and touches on the various ways that egg-bearers now function and care for their young. While the author presents general information, such as building nests, she also gives specific examples, noting the nesting habits of hummingbirds and cuckoos. The text includes humor with puns, alliteration, and vernacular speech, such as "Most sea creatures lay their eggs and leave, but not the octopus. A supermom, she lays 150,000 eggs, twisting them together in long ropy strands." Clear writing style, brevity of sentence structure, and isolated paragraphs rather than large blocks of text facilitate information gathering for young readers. The figurative paintings fill the pages with inviting images. Several diagrams are included. A further reading list and "some useful web sites" help integrate this title into any elementary curriculum. Emergent readers and any child interested in animals will find something to appreciate here. An enjoyable nontechnical read-aloud.-Tina Hudak, St. Bernard's School, Riverdale, MD Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781570913778
  • Publisher: Charlesbridge Publishing, Inc.
  • Publication date: 7/1/2001
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.74 (w) x 11.28 (h) x 0.32 (d)

Meet the Author

Author, adventurer, whale detective, pony wrangler, dog musher and all around fun hog, Shelley Gill lives her books! Shelley is the author of several children's books, including ALASKA, HAWAI'I, and SITKA ROSE. She was previously an editor at Alaska Woman magazine, and also worked as a reporter, editor, and publisher for the Frontiersman and Valley Sun newspapers in the Matanuska-Susitna Valley. Shelley lives with her family on a ridge above Kachemak Bay in Homer, Alaska.
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