The Golden Egg Book

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Once there was a little bunny. He was all alone. One day he found an egg. He could hear something moving inside the egg. What was it?

So begins the Golden Easter classic about a bunny—and a little duck that is about to hatch!

Margaret Wise Brown's enchanting story of a lonely little rabbit who "hatches" a friend comes charmingly to life, enhanced throughout by ...

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Overview

Once there was a little bunny. He was all alone. One day he found an egg. He could hear something moving inside the egg. What was it?

So begins the Golden Easter classic about a bunny—and a little duck that is about to hatch!

Margaret Wise Brown's enchanting story of a lonely little rabbit who "hatches" a friend comes charmingly to life, enhanced throughout by Weisgard's softly-colored illustrations.

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A pair of rabbit-themed reissues are back just in time to serve as basket treats. The 1947 classic The Golden Egg Book by Margaret Wise Brown, illus. by Leonard Weisgard, returns as a Big Little Golden Book. When a curious bunny finds a blue speckled egg, he tries everything from jumping on it to pelting it with rocks and acorns to find out what's inside. But since a watched egg never cracks, the mystery occupant only emerges at last when the bunny falls asleep. The soft, retro illustrations ably depict the animals' feisty youthful impatience and curiosity. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
A little bunny, all on his own, finds a bright blue egg and wonders what is moving inside. Is it a boy, an elephant, a bunny, a mouse? The bunny pushes, jumps on, throws nuts at the egg, and rolls it down a hill, but it doesn't break. He listens closely and can hear something pecking away, but being a tired little bunny after all that activity he falls asleep next to the egg. It finally cracks and out pops a fuzzy yellow duck. All the things that the bunny did to the egg the duck does to the bunny—he pushes him with his foot, jumps on him, throws a rock and rolls him down a hill, and finally the bunny wakes up. The two become fast friends. "And no one was ever alone again." Young children may be pleased to learn that Margaret Wise Brown did indeed create more stories than Goodnight Moon and this one with its charming illustrations will find a receptive audience. 2004 (orig. 1947), Golden Books/Random House, Ages 1 to 3.
—Marilyn Courtot
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780375827174
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 1/28/2004
  • Series: Big Little Golden Book Series
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 63,771
  • Age range: 1 - 3 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.23 (w) x 10.30 (h) x 0.31 (d)

Meet the Author

MARGARET WISE BROWN (1910-1952), best known as the author of Goodnight Moon, wrote countless children’s books inspired by her belief that the very young were fascinated by the simple pleasures of the world around them. Among her many bestselling Golden titles are The Sailor Dog, The Color Kittens, Mister Dog, Seven Little Postmen, and Home For A Bunny.

Biography

When Margaret Wise Brown began to write for young children, most picture books were written by illustrators, whose training and talents lay mainly in the visual arts. Brown, the author of Goodnight Moon, was the first picture-book author to achieve recognition as a writer, and the first, according to historian Barbara Bader, "to make the writing of picture books an art."

After graduating college in 1932, Brown's first ambition was to write literature for adults; but when she entered a program for student teachers in New York, she was thrilled by the experience of working with young children, and inspired by the program's progressive leader, the education reformer Lucy Sprague Mitchell. Mitchell held that stories for very young children should be grounded in "the here and now" rather than nonsense or fantasy. For children aged two to five, she thought, real experience was magical enough without embellishments.

Few children's authors had attempted to write specifically for so young an audience, but Brown quickly proved herself gifted at the task. She was appointed editor of a new publishing firm devoted to children's books, where she cultivated promising new writers and illustrators, helped develop innovations like the board book, and became, as her biographer Leonard S. Marcus notes, "one of the central figures of a period now considered the golden age of the American picture book."

Though Brown was intensely interested in modernist writers like Gertrude Stein (whom she persuaded to write a children's book, The World Is Round), it was a medieval ballad that provided the inspiration for The Runaway Bunny (1942), illustrated by Clement Hurd. The Runaway Bunny was Brown's first departure from the here-and-now style of writing, and became one of her most popular books.

Goodnight Moon, another collaboration with Hurd, appeared in 1947. The story of a little rabbit's bedtime ritual, its rhythmic litany of familiar objects placed it somewhere between the nursery rhyme and the here-and-now story. At first it was only moderately successful, but its popularity gradually climbed, and by 2000, it was among the top 40 best-selling children's books of all time.

The postwar baby boom helped propel sales of Brown's many picture books, including Two Little Trains (1949) and The Important Book (1949). After the author died in 1952, at the age of 42, many of her unpublished manuscripts were illustrated and made into books, but Brown remains best known for Goodnight Moon and The Runaway Bunny.

More people recognize those titles than recognize the name of their author, but Margaret Wise Brown wouldn't have minded. "It didn't seem important that anyone wrote them," she once said of the books she read as a child. "And it still doesn't seem important. I wish I didn't have ever to sign my long name on the cover of a book and I wish I could write a story that would seem absolutely true to the child who hears it and to myself." For millions of children who have settled down to hear her stories, she did just that.

Good To Know

When Goodnight Moon first appeared, the New York Public Library declined to buy it (an internal reviewer dismissed it as too sentimental). The book sold fairly well until 1953, when sales began to climb, perhaps because of word-of-mouth recommendations by parents. More than 4 million copies have now been sold. The New York Public Library finally placed its first order for the book in 1973.

If you look closely at the bookshelves illustrated in Goodnight Moon, you'll see that one of the little rabbit's books is The Runaway Bunny. One of three framed pictures on the walls shows a scene from the same book.

Brown's death was a stunning and sad surprise. The author had had an emergency appendectomy in France while on a book tour, which was successful; but when she did a can-can kick days later to demonstrate her good health to her doctor, it caused a fatal embolism.

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    1. Also Known As:
      Golden MacDonald, Juniper Sage, Timothy Hay
    1. Date of Birth:
      May 23, 1910
    2. Place of Birth:
      Brooklyn, N.Y.
    1. Date of Death:
      November 13, 1952
    2. Place of Death:
      Nice, France

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  • Posted February 2, 2009

    Truly a Classic

    This was my favorite book as a child. I loved the illustrations and the story. I passed it along to my son and am now passing along to my grandson.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 19, 2001

    favortie bedtime book

    This was my daughters favorite bedtime book when she was just about 3. She had us read it nightly until we wore the cover off! It contains a valuable lesson in friendship and acceptance.Today I am purchasing it for a gift to her for her baby shower. At age 26 she can still tell me the story work for word! I can't wait for her to share it with our first grandchild.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 7, 2000

    A classic to keep

    I too loved this book as a child and it is one of the few I kept tucked away for keeps. I thought it was long out of print, so was astounded to find a single copy of it in a bargain bin one day -- I bought it immediately for my daughter. She adores it and I never tire of reading it. The story is simple, funny, poignant -- and just the right length to read to a young child before bed. The illustrations are gorgeous, rich and colourful. A real treasure.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 2, 2010

    Great book for toddlers!

    I purchased this book as one of my daughter's Easter gifts based largely on the fact that Margaret Wise Brown (Goodnight Moon and Runaway Bunny) was the author. I was not disappointed. The story is quite cute and the illustrations are wonderful. My daughter has enjoyed reading it over and over again since Easter. I would highly recommend this book for parents with toddlers.

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  • Posted April 24, 2010

    Classic Golden Book Magic

    You just can't go wrong with a Golden Book classic. I bought this for my grandsons and they love it, and have to share it with their mother, who also loves it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 24, 2010

    The Golden Egg Book

    Loved this book when I was young, Read it to my children and now bought this book for my grandchild.It is a classic.

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  • Posted April 19, 2010

    This is the dearest book!

    As a child in the early to mid 50's, I loved this book - but it then disappeared when my children were born. I kept my old copy, thank goodness - and now it is available again for the grandchildren.. The message is sweet but not cloying and the illustrations are so lovely. My original copy was largeer in size (this one is about 11x14 or so ) but still large enough to enjoy the delicate pictures and expressions of the characters. What a great find - I bought enough copies to give one to each of my 4 children and one step daughter, to have to read to their children. But the real pleasure will be reading the story again and again, with the proper verbal tones and expressions ,to the little ones, which hopefully will stay in their memory the way my Mom's did for me.

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  • Posted March 23, 2010

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    A classic

    My children (now 19 & 23) loved this book, even when they were much older than preschool age. It's a wonderful story to read aloud. I love the illustrations.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 11, 2009

    One of the best reads for toddlers.

    The story is the same and oh so wonderful for children, but I miss the original illustrations. The new illustrations are not as warm and friendly to me. I would love to see the original republished.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 24, 2009

    an old favorite

    this book was a favorite of my children and now my grandchild could enjoy it. Nicely illustrated.The story entices you to each next page. Age for 2 to 3 year old although it stayed a favorite of ours to preschool.

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  • Posted April 28, 2009

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    Masterful children's author

    Margaret Wise Brown was a master of children's book writing. Her sense of rhythm was superlative, especially. Her stories are not condescending, didactic or dully repetitive; they are written with the hint of a child's sense of mischief and with an understanding of children's perceived powerlessness. Unlike so many other children's book, they are a delight for an adult to read to a child because the words trip off the tongue easily, without any forced, off-key rhyming. So many children's books are frankly irritating in their condescension; hers are not whatsoever so. Her stories are whimsical and compelling.

    This one, The Golden Egg Book, is about a bunny who finds an egg and wonders what's inside it. The bunny tries hard to find out what's in there (throws tiny rocks at it, rolls it down a hill, etc.) until the bunny gets tired out and has to take a nap. While the bunny is napping, a duckling emerges from the egg--who then tries to wake the bunny up any way it can, throwing tiny rocks at it, rolling it down a hill, etc.

    Lushly and colorfully illustrated by Leonard Weisgard.

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