Hank Finds an Egg

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Delight young children with this endearing and uniquely illustrated wordless picture book! While walking through the forest, Hank finds an egg on the forest floor. After spotting its nest high up in a tree, he uses his ingenuity to help get the egg home safe and sound, and is joyfully rewarded with newfound friends!

According to educators, wordless picture books engage young children, encouraging them to express stories and concepts in their own ways. Hank's endearing and ...

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Overview

Delight young children with this endearing and uniquely illustrated wordless picture book! While walking through the forest, Hank finds an egg on the forest floor. After spotting its nest high up in a tree, he uses his ingenuity to help get the egg home safe and sound, and is joyfully rewarded with newfound friends!

According to educators, wordless picture books engage young children, encouraging them to express stories and concepts in their own ways. Hank's endearing and genuine kindness will inspire readers young and old to believe in themselves and in the goodness of others.

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Editorial Reviews

The New York Times - Pamela Paul
Hank Finds an Egg is that rare picture-book pleasure: a wholly original take on storytelling…It's a simple story but the sweet images give it a magical gleam. Rebecca Dudley's woodland creations…bring to mind fairy houses, and share their curious ability to mesmerize small children. It's as if a fine layer of pixie dust has been strewn across the landscape. This is a story about the mystery in the everyday, the excitement that can ring through a peaceful nature walk and the sometimes unexpected interplay between living creatures and their environment.
Publishers Weekly
Dudley has created the artwork for her wordless debut by crafting a small forest creature, setting him in a handmade forest full of cut-out ferns and dead leaves, and then photographing him in various poses. Hank looks a bit like a baby chimpanzee, or perhaps a baby chimpanzee in a bear costume; his black bead eyes and diminutive snout peer out from a hooded suit. Hank finds an egg on the forest floor that’s fallen from a nest in a branch high over his head. After several unsuccessful attempts to climb the tree, Hank wraps the egg up and gives it to the mother hummingbird, who carries it up herself. He’s rewarded when the egg hatches along with its clutchmates, and three small hummingbirds dance in the air in front of him. Aside from Hank’s trouble climbing the tree, the story is free of threat or conflict and suitable for the very youngest readers. Delicious details like Hank’s twig ladder and carefully moss-wrapped egg show that Dudley is firmly in touch with her inner child. This is an artist to watch. Ages 3–up. (May)
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2—This wordless picture book is set in Dudley's fanciful Storywoods forest. With photographs of dioramas, she tells the story of Hank, a bearlike stuffed animal who finds an egg that has fallen from its nest. He tries various means to return it to the nest but cannot quite reach. A log he rolls up to the trunk doesn't lift him high enough and neither does the ladder he crafts together with twigs and twine. So, he carries the egg off with him to his campsite and tucks in for the night. Dudley has done a particularly good job with the lighting in the charming campsite scenes. The next morning Hank carries the egg back to its tree, wraps it in foliage, and watches as the mother hummingbird flies it home. The eggs eventually hatch, and Hank has three new friends. What is most unique about this book is how the setting is constructed. Dudley uses felt, paper, stone, and a variety of other materials to create her dreamy world. This is a book that is suitable in a one-on-one setting, as readers will want to take time to look again and again at the fine detail in the photos.—Roxanne Burg, Orange County Public Library, CA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781441311580
  • Publisher: Peter Pauper Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/30/2013
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 131,093
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.20 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Rebecca Dudley is a builder, creator, photographer, and artist. She makes everything that appears in her illustrations: the trees, leaves, ponds, skies, and the creatures themselves. She lives in Evanston, Illinois.
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  • Posted August 16, 2013

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    We love this book. The photos show Hank finding an egg and doin

    We love this book.

    The photos show Hank finding an egg and doing his absolute best to take care of it until he can get it back to it's momma and the safety of it's nest.

    Handsome, thinks kids will like it "because you can learn the story by looking at the photos".

    He has a hard time as a literal thinker to always get what the words are saying. But he was able to tell me the story using his own words on each page. At 10 while he can read the newspaper since the age of 5, he has a difficult time interpreting it.

    Goddess, who can't read well but understands everything loves the book because she thinks kids will love Hank. She wishes we had a "toy bear that looked just like him". She also thinks "the book should come with a bear". Her reason for loving the book is that she "can look at the beautiful pictures and almost hear a story being read to her in her head". She thinks kids will "like the book because they won't need to wait for a parent to read it to them".

    I love the book because as someone who has children that sometimes have a difficult time returning "day pets" they find outside back to the wilderness, this book shows Hank finding a bird's egg and returning it back to its rightful place. Adorable photos and sweet story without ANY words at all.

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  • Posted July 19, 2013

    This unique wordless picture book tells a tender and beautiful s

    This unique wordless picture book tells a tender and beautiful story  of kindness.  Hank, a bear cub, while out in the woods one day, finds an egg on the forest floor.  He looks up into a tree and finds the nest where it belongs. He tries with all his abilities to replace that egg back into its proper home, but to no avail.   After many futile attempts, with the sun setting and the moon rising, Hank finally has to suspend his efforts.  He wanders away and makes himself a shelter for the night, builds a fire, constructs himself a blanket of leaves and lays down with the precious egg to protect it and keep it warm for the night.  Early the next morning he goes back to the spot and tries once again to figure out a way to replace the egg.  He meets another friend of the forest and co-operatively they work together to restore the egg to its rightful home.  A beautiful surprise emerges at the end of the story.  Could it be a reward for Hank's kindness and tender heart?  I think so.  Everyone loves a truly happy ending and this book will not disappoint you in that regard.  
    The pictures provide so many opportunities for vocabulary building, imagination exercises, and storytelling.  The beautiful artwork, (a series of miniatures and close-focus photography) are wonderful.  This book is recommended for kids ages 3-7.

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