What Will Hatch?

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Jelly, jiggly.
What will hatch?
Wiggly, squiggly. . .
tadpole.

What is more exciting than waiting for an egg to hatch? Creatures of all varieties begin inside an egg-and those eggs also come in all shapes and sizes. From a squiggly tadpole to fuzzy robin to a leathery platypus, this charming text and ...

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Overview

Jelly, jiggly.
What will hatch?
Wiggly, squiggly. . .
tadpole.

What is more exciting than waiting for an egg to hatch? Creatures of all varieties begin inside an egg-and those eggs also come in all shapes and sizes. From a squiggly tadpole to fuzzy robin to a leathery platypus, this charming text and unique illustrations show eight different animals as they begin life. With a cut-out on each page readers will have fun guessing... what will hatch?

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
An elegant interactive design and serene illustrations introduce readers to seven animals that hatch from eggs, including sea turtles, a crocodile, and a platypus. Egg-shaped die cuts peek between pages, as the collaborators give visual and textual clues that let readers guess what nestles inside each egg: “Warm seat. What will hatch? On Daddy’s feet—penguin.” Ghahremani offers almost toylike images of the parents and their offspring; the texture of the wood she paints on bleeds through to create a homey back-to-nature vibe. A closing spread provides further information about the births of the “oviparous animals” in the book, as well as a goldfinch and a chicken, to boot. Up to age 5. Agent: Stefanie von Borstel, Full Circle Literary. (Feb.)
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Eggs come in many different shapes and sizes, but the most important question to young, curious minds is what will hatch? Science for the very young is done best through joyous learning; education will certainly hatch from these pages. -Kirkus Reviews
Kirkus Reviews
Eggs come in many different shapes and sizes, but the most important question to young, curious minds is what will hatch? Ward and Ghahremani stage an oviparous guessing game, using die cuts to draw attention to each different kind of egg. Sparse textual clues tease readers ("Warm seat. / What will hatch?"), while expansive visual spreads show snowy mountaintops and a male penguin's webbed toes, with die-cut egg perched atop. When readers turn the page, the die cuts seamlessly (for the most part) blend into the revealed answer scene (in this case, it becomes the belly of the presumed mother). Birds are the most obvious egg-layers of choice, but turtles, caterpillars, crocodiles and even a platypus get their chance to shine. Ghahremani's picture-book debut features incredible hand-lettering and muted, textured tones that are Etsy-hipster to the max, but they work well in this quiet nature story. Backmatter provides additional information on each animal, including the amount of time spent in an egg, plus the number of possible siblings. A simple life cycle of a chick is also appended. Science for the very young is done best through joyous learning; education will certainly hatch from these pages. (Picture book. 2-5)
Children's Literature - Kim Harris Thacker
Many animals hatch from eggs, including birds, fish, reptiles, amphibians, most insects, and even a couple of unique mammals. However, not many children realize that this means these creatures are "oviparous." This lovely picture book introduces very young children to the world of oviparous animals through gentle rhymes, creative descriptions, and beautiful illustrations. Children will enjoy learning about sea turtles, penguins, tadpoles, crocodiles, robins, caterpillars, and platypuses through the text and illustrations, and they will also enjoy the additional information about these animals that can be found at the end of the book. This information includes the time each animal spends in its egg, the role of the mother in the egg-laying and incubation processes, the site where the eggs are laid, and how many siblings each creature might have. The informational section lists every animal that is described and illustrated in the actual text, and it also lists two additional oviparous creatures: the goldfinch and the chicken. Although the presence of the information about these two animals is somewhat unusual, given that the goldfinch and chicken are not represented in the rest of the book, it is not unwelcome. Reviewer: Kim Harris Thacker
School Library Journal
PreS—Using minimal text, Ward introduces seven animals that hatch from eggs-sea turtle, penguin, tadpole, crocodile, robin, caterpillar, and platypus. The first spread includes a two to three word "clue," and the question, "What Will Hatch?" On the second spread, the clue's rhyme is completed and the answer is provided in words and illustration (e.g., "SANDY ball./WHAT will HATCH?/PADDLE and CRAWL-/SEA TURTLE."). The book is designed for use with very young children, and the illustrations are dominant. Ghahremani's folk-art gouache paintings on wood, in soft blues, browns, and greens, are filled with patterns and animals with softly rounded bodies-several in cartoon style. A die-cut hole in each sequence denotes the shape of the creature's egg and is placed among other painted eggs. Unfortunately, the sizes are not to scale. For example, the robin's egg is larger than an extra-large chicken egg, while the platypus's resembles a small pistachio nut. The dark-brown text, hand-printed letters, with some words in all capitals, some in lowercase cursive, often does not blend well with the soft illustrations. The male emperor penguin incubates its single egg in an "egg pouch" on top of its feet, as indicated in the brief endnotes on each species. However, it has a fancy crown of feathers and distinctive black, white, and yellow coloring rather than the rounded head and brown shading of the bird in the paintings. Moreover, the concept of this book will be lost on the tots to whom it is targeted.—Susan Scheps, formerly at Shaker Heights Public Library, OH
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802723116
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
  • Publication date: 2/12/2013
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 583,484
  • Age range: 3 - 6 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.24 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Award-winning author JENNIFER WARD and award-winning artist SUSIE GHAHREMANI are the creators of the wildly popular parenting book I LOVE DIRT! 52 Activities to Help You & Your Child Discover the Wonders of Nature, which has been featured in Parenting magazine, Real Simple Magazine, and on National Public Radio. Jennifer Ward has authored several picture books, including her recent There Was an Old Pirate Who Swallowed a Fish. Susie Ghahremani is the founder of boygirlparty®, a whimsically illustrated stationery and gift brand with more than 300 products, that are popular everywhere from independent boutiques, galleries, and retailers such as Anthropologie, Urban Outfitters and Nordstrom. What Will Hatch? is Susie's debut picture book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 27, 2013

    Smart concept, with artsy, fun illustrations. Great colors and p

    Smart concept, with artsy, fun illustrations. Great colors and patterns.

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