What's in the Egg, Little Pip?

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A new egg has just arrived, and Little Pip's parents are so excited! They tell Pip that this new change will soon make their family "just right"—but Little Pip isn't so sure. She thinks their family is already just right, and a boring old egg certainly can't make it any better! It seems to Pip that all anyone cares about is that EGG. Pip soon learns to help as much as she can, and through the long, harsh winter, she and Papa guard the egg, keeping it warm. But she still can't figure what all the fuss is ...

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Overview

A new egg has just arrived, and Little Pip's parents are so excited! They tell Pip that this new change will soon make their family "just right"—but Little Pip isn't so sure. She thinks their family is already just right, and a boring old egg certainly can't make it any better! It seems to Pip that all anyone cares about is that EGG. Pip soon learns to help as much as she can, and through the long, harsh winter, she and Papa guard the egg, keeping it warm. But she still can't figure what all the fuss is about...until the day when CRACK! the egg breaks open and Pip joyfully meets her baby brother Sam for the very first time!

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Little Pip, in her third outing, feels snubbed due to the "large, white oval" at her mother's feet. Pip commiserates with her friend, Merry, whose family is also expecting a chick. But when Chapman's acrylic landscape is slashed with sleet, Pip helps keep the egg warm, and on a sunny day when her brother cracks through the egg, Pip names him Sam. The displacement issues addressed are typical, but translate well to this tight-knit penguin community; readers awaiting a similar arrival will relate to Pip's mixed emotions. Ages 3–7. (Dec.)
Children's Literature - Heidi Hauser Green
Little Pip the penguin is happy as an only child. When the egg arrives on Mama's feet, Little Pip is not happy to find her parents preoccupied with it. There is no place for Little Pip to sleep now. Worse still, she has no parents to play with; when Mama goes in search of food, Papa has to hold the egg on his feet. When Papa goes fishing, Mama has to hold it on her feet. As happy as her parents are, singing about the promise of the egg to "make our family just right," Little Pip is miserable. She's not the only one. Her friend Merry, whose parents also have an egg, is likewise unhappy. The two commiserate about their woe and run away to play when a storm arrives. Both young penguins realize their family eggs are in danger. They run home, as fast as they can, to help keep their parents' eggs safe from the storm. Time passes. Little Pip takes her responsibility seriously. Then, the egg hatches. Suddenly, Little Pip sees that she hasn't just been protecting an egg; she's been protecting a brother. It is love at first sight as Little Pip sings, "Welcome, chick, you lovely chick. What a wonderful, glorious sight. Little brother, I name you Sam. You make our family just right." It's the happiest ending of all. Readers familiar with other Little Pip books—Where Is Home, Little Pip? and Don't Be Afraid, Little Pip—will enjoy this latest penguin adventure. New readers will surely enjoy those titles, too. Reviewer: Heidi Hauser Green
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2—In this third book about Little Pip, the young penguin wonders what is so special about the egg her parents are so carefully protecting. She experiences all the feelings that single children have when they discover that they are about to have a new sibling. Her parents don't seem to have time or room for her any more, and "I should be enough," she thinks. Her best friend, Merry, also cannot understand what the fuss is all about in her family. The two go off to play, but when a storm comes, Pip rushes back to help her father keep the egg warm and safe. When it finally hatches, she welcomes her baby brother and is happy to see all of the other penguin families with their new members. Lovely full-bleed illustrations in soft colors depict the rough texture of the Antarctic land and the harsh weather. Little Pip's expressions and body language reflect her moods of curiosity, insecurity, concern, and joy. Wilson and Chapman have once again produced an endearing book about a situation with which children can easily identify. Pip, Pip, hooray!—Martha Simpson, Stratford Library Association, CT
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781416942047
  • Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
  • Publication date: 12/21/2010
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 698,966
  • Age range: 3 - 5 Years
  • Lexile: AD480L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 10.34 (w) x 11.30 (h) x 0.39 (d)

Meet the Author

Karma Wilson

Karma Wilson is the bestselling author of several picture books for Simon and Schuster, including the Bear series and Where is Home, Little Pip? Karma lives in Idaho, USA.

Jane Chapman has illustrated numerous picture books, including 'Bear Snores On' and the Happy and Honey books by Laura Godwin. She lives with her family in Dorset, England.

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    Posted January 30, 2012

    Great book

    It is funny, colorful and teaches my girls many great thing.

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