An Extraordinary Eggby Leo Lionni
Illus. in full color. While taking a walk, three frogs discover what they believe to be a chicken egg and eagerly wait for it to hatch. When a scaly, four-legged creature with a long snoutful of teeth emerges a few days later, the frogs are still convinced it's a chicken and are thrilled to have a new friend. Soon the frogs and "chicken" are inseparable, at least… See more details below
Illus. in full color. While taking a walk, three frogs discover what they believe to be a chicken egg and eagerly wait for it to hatch. When a scaly, four-legged creature with a long snoutful of teeth emerges a few days later, the frogs are still convinced it's a chicken and are thrilled to have a new friend. Soon the frogs and "chicken" are inseparable, at least until the day "chicken" finds and returns to her mother...an enormous "hen" who looks suspiciously like an alligator! "An eggs/rmtraordinary treat from a master storyteller."School Library Journal. "Just the thing to lighten up a picture-book hour."Kirkus.
"Just the thing to lighten up a picture-book hour." —Kirkus Reviews (Starred Review)
"Kids will giggle at the frogs' repeated references to the friendly newborn as 'the chicken.' They'll be even more tickled when the frogs chuckle at the 'mother chicken' who, finally reunited with her offspring, greets her 'sweet little alligator' . . . In his 40th book, Lionni is in typically fine form." —Publisher's Weekly
Meet the Author
Leo Lionni, an internationally known designer, illustrator, and graphic artist, was born in Holland and lived in Italy until he came to the United States in 1939. He was the recipient of the 1984 American Institute of Graphic Arts Gold Medal and was honored posthumously in 2007 with the Society of Illustrators’ Lifetime Achievement Award. His picture books are distinguished by their enduring moral themes, graphic simplicity and brilliant use of collage, and include four Caldecott Honor Books: Inch by Inch, Frederick, Swimmy, and Alexander and the Wind-Up Mouse. Hailed as “a master of the simple fable” by the Chicago Tribune, he died in 1999 at the age of 89.
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I love many of Leo Leonni's books, but this one is my absolute favorite! My children all love it, and I think part of the reason may be that they love to see me laugh and laugh every time I read it! The book is heartwarming, sweet, and funny. The characters are loveable and empathetic. This is a wonderful read!
Perfect for storytimes !!!! The kids get a real kick out of this story. It gives them a chance to feel pretty smart especially when Jessica the know-it- all convinces everyone, 'It's a chicken, everyone knows that chickens come from eggs.' Loads of fun. Don't overlook the connections you can make with illustrations. Look for Rodin's Thinker. Many kids will recognize it.