Eggs Mark the Spot

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Pauline the hen uses her talent for laying eggs with the image of what she sees to help capture the thief who has stolen a famous painting from an art gallery.

Pauline the hen uses her talent for laying eggs with the image of what she sees to help capture the thief who has stolen a famous painting from an art gallery.

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Overview

Pauline the hen uses her talent for laying eggs with the image of what she sees to help capture the thief who has stolen a famous painting from an art gallery.

Pauline the hen uses her talent for laying eggs with the image of what she sees to help capture the thief who has stolen a famous painting from an art gallery.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In this lighthearted companion to The Easter Egg Farm, Pauline the hen reveals a rare talent: if she concentrates on an image while laying an egg, the image appears on the eggshell. Asked to copy paintings hanging in a gallery onto her eggs, Pauline creates her own variations on masterpieces by the likes of Matisse, Van Gogh, Klee and Picasso. The resourceful hen also helps apprehend a thief who tries to make off with a Degas. Auch recreates the famous paintings with impressive fidelity, offering a sturdy contrast to her otherwise fanciful illustrations. Much of the humor is rooted in Pauline's frustration, comically conveyed in her facial expressions, at the humans' inability to decipher her "Henspeak," in which she attempts to communicate the whereabouts of the cluckprit-uh, culprit. Ages 5-8. (Mar.)
School Library Journal
Gr 1-3-Auch outdoes herself with this addition to her delightful series (Easter Egg Farm [1992], Peeping Beauty [1993], and Hen Lake [1995, all Holiday]). Pauline is a hen who can reproduce any image on her egg if she concentrates while laying it. Hearing of her talent, the Big City Art Gallery director asks Pauline's owner, Mrs. Pennywort, if she can copy some paintings as a promotion for their new exhibit. Unfortunately, every egg she lays is not a copy but her own creative variation. She is proud, but Mrs. Pennywort chastises her: "Now stop messing around and just copy the pictures..." Poor Pauline is depressed, but then witnesses a cat burglar stealing a Degas. She lays a clue, the thief is caught, and her originality is appreciated. The text combines clever wordplay with bright illustrations that perfectly express Pauline's temperament and Mrs. Pennywort's personality. The zany woman is quite an unusual farmer, with her orange mushroom coiffure and her flamboyant wardrobe. Tucked into all this fun are copies of six famous works of art; five are complete with the title, artist's name, and date. The story also subtly shows the value of creativity. In spots it is hilarious; in spots it is tender and sympathetic; and in all it is a terrific spoof on reality.-Betty Teague, Blythe Academy of Languages, Greenville, SC
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PreS-Gr 2--Pauline is a very creative hen. By studying a flower carefully, she can lay an egg that has a flower on it. An invitation to make copies of famous paintings on eggs at an art gallery leads her to make revelations about painting and art, as well as into an adventure with a thief. Whenever Pauline looks at a famous painting, the egg she lays is her own interpretation of the art work. When a thief steals her favorite--a Degas' Ballerina--she creates eggs with a picture of the thief to help the police solve the crime. Technical quality of the tape is good. The male narrator adapts his voice for the characters. The pauses to allow readers to study the pictures are especially useful. Art works represented in the story are sketches of the originals and are labeled. The Art Gallery also has sketches of Egyptian artifacts. This book and tape can be used to introduce famous works of art, to teach concepts of art and creativity, and to introduce mysteries on a primary level. Use this with Matthew's Dream by Leo Lionni (Knopf, 1991) and The Art Lesson by Tomie dePaola (Putnam, 1989) for perception of art and artists. For individual or group use.--Ann Elders, Mark Twain Elementary School, Federal Way, WA
Stephanie Zvirin
Of several recent picture-book takeoffs on the world of fine art, this is perhaps the daffiest and most delightful. Pauline the hen, whom children may remember from Auch's 1993 "Easter Egg Farm", is thrilled when she is commissioned by the Big City Art Gallery to replicate famous artists' portraits on her eggs. Complications ensue, not the least of which is Pauline's discovery that the egg pictures she lays bear a striking resemblance to her orange-haired friend Mrs. Pennywort. Before the problem can be solved, however, a thief invades the gallery, with plucky Pauline as the only witness. Energetic, brightly colored paintings catch the melodrama and broad comedy perfectly, with Pauline's expressive face adding plenty of humor all its own. As a bonus, Auch identifies the famous artworks Pauline tries to copy.
Kirkus Reviews
Eggs Mark the Spot (, March 15, 1996; 32 pp.; 0-8234-1242-3): A companion to The Easter Egg Farm (1992), this one places Pauline (a hen that can concentrate on a likeness and duplicate it on the next egg she lays) and Mrs. Pennywort at an art museum where they foil an art thief. That's the thin part of the plot; the joy is in Pauline's laying of eggs after staring at famous paintings, a hilarious sequence of portraits of Mrs. Pennywort through the eyes of Matisse, Picasso, Klee, Van Gogh, etc. The results are not egg-zactly what Mrs. Pennywort egg-spects, but children will side with Pauline—she's a real artist.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780823412426
  • Publisher: Holiday House, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/1/1996
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: 550L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.83 (w) x 11.32 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 16, 2003

    Colorful Educational Fun

    I borrowed this book(with aduio) from the public library and we enjoyed it with our three year old. It is cleverly written that both children and parents can appreciate it on different levels. We are buying a copy for our family and one to give as a birthday gift for a five year old. Go ahead you will enjoy it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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