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Children's LiteratureAGERANGE: Ages 8 to 14.
Don't let the colorful pictures and poem on the first page fool you. This is a picture book with a lot of interesting and well-researched information about eggs! From the shapes and colors of eggs to their texture and where they are laid before hatching, this book has everything any reader would want to know about eggs from all "walks of life." From alligator eggs to oriole eggs, the author further fills us in on what nests are made of by various birds, fish, and other animals around the world. Additional sections highlight how eggs are protected by parents or colonies and the many challenges faced by certain animals whose eggs are sought by predators (e.g., birds, snakes, fish) or endangered by environmental conditions (e.g., emperor penguins), and how fish and amphibians actually hatch from their eggs. A very complete glossary, information related to the various organizations that promote education about the protection of wildlife, and a final comment relating how eggs can and should be protected are included towards the end of the text. The illustrations are extremely detailed and provide readers with a great sense of what the various eggs look like. This is a solid nonfiction picture book. Reviewer: Jean Boreen, Ph.D.