Whose Egg?: A Lift-the-Flap Book

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Does the egg lying in the golden sand belong to a penguin or a turtle, a snake or a butterfly? Use what you already know about animals and their environments along with the illustrative evidence that Guy Troughton provides to sleuth around and predict which animal will hatch from which egg.

Let Whose Egg? aid the imagination in visualizing everything from emerald green eggs to those that house “scaly claws” and “snapping jaws.” Kids will love ...

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Overview


Does the egg lying in the golden sand belong to a penguin or a turtle, a snake or a butterfly? Use what you already know about animals and their environments along with the illustrative evidence that Guy Troughton provides to sleuth around and predict which animal will hatch from which egg.

Let Whose Egg? aid the imagination in visualizing everything from emerald green eggs to those that house “scaly claws” and “snapping jaws.” Kids will love opening up the flaps and discovering what type of animal belongs to each egg.

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Editorial Reviews

The New York Times - Pamela Paul
…its execution catapults it above the grade of the average lift-the-flap. The illustrator, Guy Troughton, is not only a painter but also a zoologist, and his paintings of both eggs and hatchlings…contain an element of realism that makes each image distinctive. Moreover, each spread contains a gatefold set of flaps that mimics the cracking of an egg, directly engaging the young reader in the process of discovery. The text on each page is relatively spare, but conveys just the right amount of information.
Publishers Weekly
Flaps reveal the hatchlings from eggs of many colors and sizes when lifted, including a penguin, a turtle, and a snake. Troughton’s naturalistic watercolors offer visual hints about the animals’ identities (in one scene, a parent platypus’s fur and webbed foot can be glimpsed near its small, white egg, before it opens). Evans provides additional clues: “My egg is creamy white. It sticks to this wide green leaf. I will wriggle and crawl when I hatch, but one day I will fly in the sky. Who am I?” On the right-hand page, the words, “Whose egg?” appear, and lifting the two flaps mimics the eggs cracking open (in this case, the egg belongs to a butterfly). A smart design, lush illustrations, and an intriguing guessing game should engage early readers. Ages 3–up. (Apr.)
School Library Journal
11/01/2013
PreS-Gr 1—Designed for fun, the book's visual and verbal clues will have readers guessing the animal described and hidden inside each egg. Behind the eight double flaps are a penguin, an emu, a butterfly, an alligator, a snake, a turtle, a plover, and a platypus. Troughton's artwork is colorful and engaging on each spread. However, the text's clues and answers are broad with no scientific detail appended. The illustrations, in most cases, are more specific but the butterfly spread overlooks the pupa stage. The turtle is shown as a sea turtle with the inaccurate description, "I will sunbathe on the sandy shores." The clues for the penguin are also potentially confusing: "I will hatch with fuzzy feathers, but one day I'll wear a bathing suit." The softly realistic illustrations provide enough information and could stand on their own, but better introductions to the natural world abound.—Carol S. Surges, formerly at Longfellow Middle School, Wauwatosa, WI
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781608872039
  • Publisher: Insight Editions LLC
  • Publication date: 4/9/2013
  • Pages: 36
  • Sales rank: 317,933
  • Age range: 3 years
  • Lexile: 510L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 10.00 (w) x 10.20 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author


Lynette Evans has written many books for children. She’s pretty nosy, so she loves finding clues and solving mysteries. She also loves surprises, so she had a lot of fun writing Whose Egg? Evans lives in New Zealand, home of the kiwi bird. For its size, the little kiwi lays one of the largest eggs of any bird on the planet. It is also the only bird that has nostrils at the end of its beak, but that’s another story!

Guy Troughton painted his first bird at four years of age and hasn’t stopped since. After completing a zoology degree in London, he began to illustrate and paint full-time. Renowned for his exquisite watercolors, Troughton's award-winning work has been published in countless natural history publications and his beautiful wildlife paintings are held in collections around the world. When he is not in his studio painting, he is busy teaching and sharing his love of art. Born in Surrey, England, he now lives in Sydney, Australia, with his wife Ellie and their sons John and Max.

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