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The Golden Egg Book

The Golden Egg Book

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by Margaret Wise Brown, Leonard Weisgard (Illustrator)

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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!


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!

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
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

Product Details

Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
Big Little Golden Book Series
Product dimensions:
7.90(w) x 10.36(h) x 0.37(d)
Age Range:
1 - 3 Years

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.

Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
May 23, 1910
Date of Death:
November 13, 1952
Place of Birth:
Brooklyn, N.Y.
Place of Death:
Nice, France
B.A., Hollins College, 1932; Bank Street College of Education

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The Golden Egg Book 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
kc0mwl More than 1 year ago
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.
New-Mexico-hound More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Mhathair More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this book when I was young, Read it to my children and now bought this book for my grandchild.It is a classic.
lms8 More than 1 year ago
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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Jan123SC More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago