When Blue Met Egg

When Blue Met Egg

by Lindsay Ward
     
 

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One cold winter day, Blue returns to her nest to find something wonderful: Egg! Or rather a snowball she mistakes for an egg. Blue puts Egg in a pail and sets off to look for Egg's mother. But as the winter winds down and the temperature goes up, Blue is in for a sad surprise. Not to worry, though. In this sweet story of friendship, even snowmelt grows into

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One cold winter day, Blue returns to her nest to find something wonderful: Egg! Or rather a snowball she mistakes for an egg. Blue puts Egg in a pail and sets off to look for Egg's mother. But as the winter winds down and the temperature goes up, Blue is in for a sad surprise. Not to worry, though. In this sweet story of friendship, even snowmelt grows into something beautiful.

With her intricate cut-paper illustrations, Lindsay Ward perfectly captures her lovable characters and their world in this unforgettable, heartwarming tale.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
A foldout bird’s-eye view of Manhattan and the Brooklyn Bridge—rendered in an airy cut-paper composition that features scraps of test answer sheets and a New York City map—is a highlight of Ward’s (Pelly and Mr. Harrison Visit the Moon) story about a kindhearted, stocking-capped bird. When Blue mistakes an errant winter snowball that lands in her nest for an egg that’s lost its mother, she snaps into action. Toting her tiny white charge in a bright orange pail, Blue embarks on a months-long search high and low, uptown and downtown, canvassing her fellow birds. The trip yields treasures like carousel rides and hot dogs, but no mama for Egg, who starts to shrink once warmer weather rolls around. Happily, spring provides a sunny conclusion. Those familiar with New York will recognize skyline landmark buildings, the Statue of Liberty, Central Park, and other stops in this uplifting Big Apple adventure. And Ward offers a plethora of fun visual details—Bird posting “Lost Egg” signs; Bird and Egg seated in a box at the opera—along the way. Ages 3–5. Agent: Andrea Brown Literary Agency. (Feb.)
Children's Literature - Carrie Hane Hung
One wintery morning, a bird named Blue wakes up to find a strange and unusual egg that landed in her nest. Although the situation may seem strange, Blue doesn't seem to know that the egg is a snowball and she addresses it as Egg. Blue believes that Egg is lost. She places Egg in a bucket and they venture around the park and city in efforts to find Egg's mother. Needless to say, they do not locate Egg's mother and none of the other birds seem to recognize that Egg is a snowball. In addition, Egg does not respond to Blue's inquiries. Blue decides to take care of her new friend. While toting Egg in a bucket, Blue and Egg visit places in the city. When winter shifts into spring, Blue believes that her silent companion is becoming ill because Egg is shrinking. One warm morning, Egg disappears completely and Blue finds a pleasant surprise. In her illustrations, Ward uses paper cutouts that provide interesting designs and textures. There is one page that folds out and reveals an illustration of the Brooklyn Bridge. Children reading or listening to the story may enjoy the growing friendship between Blue and Egg. Reviewer: Carrie Hane Hung
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2—One snowy morning, a stray snowball lands in Blue's nest and, thinking it is some sort of strange egg, she packs it into a small bucket and sets out to explore every nook and cranny of New York City in search of its mother. After looking high and low to no avail, Blue decides to focus on her own relationship with Egg. For months, they are inseparable, going to parks, museums, and even the opera. When April arrives, Egg begins to shrink. One morning Blue awakens to find a small puddle and a pink flower next to Egg's bucket. "Egg, you've bloomed!" exclaims Blue, and she scoops up the blossom and begins telling her friend about the wonders of spring. This sweet story of devotion and friendship illustrates the joy that comes from caring for another. The creative cut-paper artwork adds an additional level of interest and takes readers on a fascinating bird's-eye tour of the Big Apple.—Debbie Lewis, Alachua County Library District, FL
Kirkus Reviews
Egg is a snowball that was inadvertently lobbed into Blue's wintery nest by a bundled-up child in Central Park. But Blue doesn't know that. " ‘My, you're early. How did you get here?' asked Blue. / Egg was quiet." Blue decides to put Egg into her orange bucket and go find its mother. So begins a lovingly rendered wintertime amble through New York City, from downtown views of the Statue of Liberty to Columbus Circle to a gatefold spread of the Brooklyn Bridge in snowy January. The Chrysler Building on the cover immediately sets the stage--a clever mash-up of skyscrapers comprised of cut-up scraps of old paper, equations, postmarks and charts. Blue carries Egg to the boathouse, to hot-dog stands (Egg isn't hungry), to skyscraper tops… no mom in sight. In time, Bird grows attached to her silent "friend"--the image of Egg-in-bucket wearing opera glasses at Madame Butterfly is priceless--and all is well until April comes, the weather warms and Egg starts to shrink. One sunny morning in the nest, Egg disappears completely. (Spoiler: Egg melts, the bucket crashes to the ground below, Blue sees a puddle with a pink flower in it and thinks Egg has bloomed.) For a more gruesome story of "egg loss," see Mini Grey's Egg Drop (2009). A bittersweet tribute to New York City, tinged with deep loneliness and self-delusion. (Picture book. 3-6)
Pamela Paul
The book is full of good cheer, New Yorkiness and an "I knew it!" ending like that of P.D. Eastman's Are You My Mother? It doesn't really surprise the reader, but makes him feel wiser nonetheless. Ward's engaging and imperfectly cut cut-paper illustrations are full of witty urban references. Crossword puzzles shade Central Park's hills of snow, and maps of Manhattan color the East River. Throughout, Blue, topped with an eccentric cherry-colored hat, flits brightness into the winter landscape.
—The New York Times

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780803737181
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
02/02/2012
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
714,940
Product dimensions:
8.54(w) x 10.74(h) x 0.36(d)
Age Range:
3 - 5 Years

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