Chickens Aren't the Only Ones: A Book About Animals That Lay Eggs

Chickens Aren't the Only Ones: A Book About Animals That Lay Eggs

by Ruth Heller


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Ruth Heller's prose and pictures are the perfect means for discovering the variety of oviparous animals and their unique ways of laying eggs.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780698117785
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 05/28/1999
Series: Ruth Heller's Explore Science Series
Pages: 48
Sales rank: 117,459
Product dimensions: 8.75(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.18(d)
Age Range: 5 - 8 Years

About the Author

After receiving a fine arts degree from the University of California at Berkeley and completing two years of graduate work in design at the California College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland, Ruth Heller (1923-2004) began her career designing wrapping paper, cocktail napkins, greeting cards, and coloring books. After five years of rejection and one complete revision, Heller's first book, Chickens Aren't the Only Ones, about egg-laying animals, was published in 1981. It was so successful that the sequel, and second book to be published, Animals Born Alive And Well (1982), about mammals, quickly followed. In 1983 and 1984, her third and fourth titles, The Reason For A Flower (about plants that have seeds and flowers) and Plants That Never Ever Bloom (about plants that do not) were published.

She then began work on a collection of six books, the How To Hide series on camouflage and the magic of this phenomenon in nature, which covered the entire animal kingdom — insects, birds, mammals, amphibians, reptiles, and sea creatures. The next collection of books became a five-volume series on parts of speech: A Cache of Jewels and Other Collective Nouns; Kites Sail High: A Book About Verbs; Many Luscious Lollipops: A Book About Adjectives; Merry-Go-Round: A Book About Nouns; and Up, Up and Away: A Book About Adverbs. She also wrote and illustrated the unique and fascinating book Color, a charming and instructive guide to how art goes through the four color printing process.

Among the notable people who have had an influence on Heller's writing have been: Ogden Nash, Gilbert and Sullivan, Edward Lear, Hilaire Belloc, and Dr. Seuss. Heller says of her work, "All my books are nonfiction picture books in rhyme. I find writing in rhyme enjoyable and challenging, and I think it is an easy way for children to learn new facts and acquire a sophisticated vocabulary. Children are not intimidated by big words. I try to make my writing succinct and allow the illustrations to convey as much information as possible."

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Chickens Aren't the Only Ones: A Book About Animals That Lay Eggs 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
lmaddux on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is good for young beginner learners and for children learning to read. Informs children as to what types of animals lay eggs.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
The subject says it all. I've read a lot of books about eggs, and the animals that lay them, but this one presented the information with all the suspense and intrigue of a daytime drama. Excellent! Finally, a resource for those of us who are slightly egg-challenged but don't want to bore ourselves by reading one of those dry, insipid egg books! Five stars! Thanks, Mrs. Heller!