Mary Veronica's Egg

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Feathery colored-pencil illustrations set a cozy, intimate tone for this sweetly wry tale of a girl who finds and cares for an orphaned egg. Mary Veronica is convinced there's something special inside the egg--"Maybe a platypus, or even a python")--while her sisters toss their own speculations into the mix: older and disdainful Mary Louise says, "That's a rotten egg," while younger and gullible Mary Margaret repeatedly contends, "It's a dinosaur egg. Can I have it?" Mary Veronica's beloved egg doesn't win her the gold ribbon for Most Unusual Pet at the school pet fair, but its contents (a duckling) do eventually win a special place in the girl's heart. Nethery's (Hannah and Jack) ingenuous tale is winningly told; her dry humor pervades in the snappy repartee between the sisters and in smaller touches like the "Egg on Board" sign that Mary Veronica tapes onto the school bus window. Yalowitz (Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch) makes effective use of line in his airy and delicately shaded illustrations, echoing the smooth oval of Mary Veronica's egg in the softly rounded shapes of the characters. This affectionate homage to the rewards of patience and perseverance is an altogether agreeable outing. Ages 4-7. (Mar.)
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2-Mary Veronica finds a warm egg near the pond and feels sure that there is something special inside of it, something that will provide her with the winning entry in the Most Unusual Pet category at the school pet fair. Despite heckling from her sisters, she cares for the egg and carries it around in a fluff-filled box in a sling. She enters it in the contest even though it has not hatched. After all of the prizes are distributed, the egg finally cracks to reveal a duckling. The joy and pride of parenthood overcome all selfish plans and Mary Veronica is happy with her new baby. While the message of loving something for its own sake is clear, it is difficult to believe that the egg or the unhatched duck would have survived away from the nest and bounced around between home and school. Varying in size from small boxes to double-page spreads, the colored-pencil pictures in light hues are delightful. They contain just enough detail, and the faces of the doll-like characters are amazingly expressive. Still, Dr. Seuss's Horton knows much more about eggs and teaches a better lesson.-Marlene Gawron, Orange County Library, Orlando, FL
Kirkus Reviews
Mary Veronica's hopes of winning a gold ribbon at Friday's pet fair soar when she comes upon an egg by the pond-a rotten egg, opines sister Mary Louise, or a dinosaur egg, suggests sister Mary Margaret. It's a special egg, thinks Mary Veronica, carefully carrying it everywhere in a homemade nest. In spacious, soft-toned colored pencil illustrations, Yalowitz depicts neatly dressed, dot-eyed figures against mere suggestions of background; Mary Veronica's attachment to the egg takes center stage, and pays off at the end. Children will be peeping (or quacking) in appreciation. (Picture book. 5-7) .
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780531301340
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/28/1999
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.51 (w) x 9.32 (h) x 0.33 (d)

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