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What's in That Egg?: A Book about Life Cycles


Eggs are awesome! But how come some birds’ eggs are HUGE while others’ are tiny? How do chicks come out of them? Imagine if humans were born from eggs! WOW!
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Eggs are awesome! But how come some birds’ eggs are HUGE while others’ are tiny? How do chicks come out of them? Imagine if humans were born from eggs! WOW!
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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Leslie Rounds
Lively pages abound with sharp color photographs of different types of eggs and the animals that hatched from them and include very brief informational text. Each double-page spread has a different color background, and some of the pages feature simple chalkboard-like drawings, as well. For example, an Emperor Penguin is being pelted with flying asterisk-shaped snowflakes. Two of the illustrations have the potential to be a bit confusing: Fish eggs are shown on the same spread as frog eggs and turtle eggs, with the fish eggs depicted as the largest of all. On another spread, an alligator holds its young between its toothy jaws; readers may wonder if those teeth are about to snap shut. The book concludes with a series of questions framed by egg shapes. For example, "If you had an egg, where would you put it to keep it safe?" or, "If elephants laid eggs, how big would they be?" Although the subtitle states that this is a "Book About Life Cycles," it deals solely with eggs and not with other aspect of life cycles. Better eggs books may already be nesting on your shelves. This is not an essential purchase. Reviewer: Leslie Rounds
School Library Journal

K-Gr 2

These titles engage children through humor, clear language, interesting facts, and abundant photos. In the first book, Baines takes readers through the functions that bones perform in a human body. A caption reads, "Bonk! Your skull is like a helmet for your brain." The second volume opens with a picture of a generic egg about to hatch, illustrated with the word balloon, "Hello? Mom?" As explained in the next pages, it might contain a turtle or a fish or a butterfly. Maybe it's a swan. How about an alligator? All sorts of eggs are explained. Both books have two font sizes. The larger one is easier to read, while the smaller one might require adult help and explanation. Each one concludes with a spread of facts and questions to zigzag through and ponder. Excellent introductions for young science students.-Anne Chapman Callaghan, Racine Public Library, WI

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781426304088
  • Publisher: National Geographic Society
  • Publication date: 2/10/2009
  • Series: ZigZag Series
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 1,027,539
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.36 (w) x 7.81 (h) x 0.34 (d)

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