Hunwick's Egg

Hunwick's Egg

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by Mem Fox, Pamela Lofts
     
 

When a mysterious egg appears outside Hunwick's burrow after a terrible storm, no one knows what to do with it. And when it doesn't hatch right away, everyone is even more bewildered. Everyone, that is, but Hunwick. For Hunwick understands the egg. It is his friend. And he is the only one who knows its secret.

From the author and illustrator of the modern classic

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Overview

When a mysterious egg appears outside Hunwick's burrow after a terrible storm, no one knows what to do with it. And when it doesn't hatch right away, everyone is even more bewildered. Everyone, that is, but Hunwick. For Hunwick understands the egg. It is his friend. And he is the only one who knows its secret.

From the author and illustrator of the modern classic Koala Lou, here is a moving tale of loneliness, friendship, and most of all, the power the imagination has to change the way we see the world.

Editorial Reviews

Parenting Magazine - Mem Fox
"A touching fable."
Publishers Weekly
The team behind Koala Lou here offers an oddly anticlimactic tale about an endearing bandicoot who befriends an egg. Lofts's artwork, appealing and spectacular, fills the pages with fascinating Australian desert flora and fauna. Yet the striking illustrations sometimes seem haphazardly placed with the text. For example, the opening lines ("Once upon a time, at the edge of a wide and dusty desert, there lived an old bandicoot") appear alongside a full-page close-up of a Thorny Devil lizard (keen-eyed readers may detect an errant snout, opposite, but that's not the main focus of the spread). At the turn of the page, readers discover that the ancient-looking lizard is not the main character, and that "the old bandicoot" is an appealing, wide-eyed, baby-faced creature. Hunwick finds and tends a lost egg with loving devotion, and he and his friends finally realize the egg will never hatch. But "Hunwick wasn't sad.... It was his egg. It was his secret." The ending seems less a surprise than a contrived joke without a real punch line. Unlike youngsters whose expectations have been aroused about what will emerge from the egg, Hunwick declares, "I love it as it is," and the stone remained "his friend forever." Despite the lovely vistas, the ending here may well be a letdown to readers. Ages 3-7. (Mar.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Parenting magazine
"A touching fable." —Mem Fox
School Library Journal
Gr 1-3-Beginning with the traditional opening, "Once upon a time," this touching story features a kindhearted bandicoot named Hunwick, who, one evening after a tumultuous storm, finds "a most curious egg." After conferring with Emu, Cockatoo, and Echidna, Hunwick takes it back to his burrow and gives it a safe and cozy home. The odd egg, which refuses to hatch, becomes the gentle bandicoot's friend and confidante. Although Hunwick's neighbors are concerned about the situation, the creature comes to realize that the egg is actually a perfectly shaped stone and continues to "love it with all his heart." This slightly offbeat story with a universal message about the power of friendship is accompanied by glowing watercolor pencil illustrations in orange, pink, and violet tones that showcase the flora and fauna of the Australian landscape, adding an interesting element to this charming title. Young readers will appreciate Hunwick's loyalty and may be curious to learn more about the exotic animals portrayed in the lovely artwork.-Linda L. Walkins, Mount Saint Joseph Academy, Brighton, MA Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Several disconnects between text and pictures sink this faintly bizarre tale of a solitary elder who adopts an understandably silent confidante. Introduced as a bandicoot on a spread where the only visible creature is a colorful lizard, Hunwick finds a big white egg after a storm. With some effort, he lugs it into his burrow-though in later scenes it's still laying out on open ground-but despite his care and conversation it never hatches. The other creatures, Australian natives all, make sympathetic remarks, but Hunwick's good cheer never falters, even after he comes to realize that his "friend" isn't an egg, but a rock. Loft's poorly reproduced, or perhaps deliberately indistinct, Down Under denizens make superficial impressions next to the expressive figures in Christopher Wormell's similarly themed but more explicitly metaphoric The Big Ugly Monster and the Little Stone Rabbit (2004). A rare miss for Fox, but not really her fault. (Picture book. 6-8)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780152163181
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
03/01/2005
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
9.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)
Lexile:
AD550L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 7 Years

Meet the Author

MEM FOX is the author of many beloved books, including Where Is the Green Sheep?, The Magic Hat, Koala Lou, Time for Bed, and for adults, Reading Magic: Why Reading Aloud to Our Children Will Change Their Lives Forever. She lives in Adelaide, Australia.

PAMELA LOFTS has illustrated many books for children, including Koala Lou by Mem Fox. She also works extensively with Aboriginal children in her country and produces books based on their legends. She lives in Alice Springs, Australia.

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