K-Gr 3-This book is like having two titles in one. Gill first looks at the mythology and symbolism related to eggs, then segues into their evolutionary past and touches on the various ways that egg-bearers now function and care for their young. While the author presents general information, such as building nests, she also gives specific examples, noting the nesting habits of hummingbirds and cuckoos. The text includes humor with puns, alliteration, and vernacular speech, such as "Most sea creatures lay their eggs and leave, but not the octopus. A supermom, she lays 150,000 eggs, twisting them together in long ropy strands." Clear writing style, brevity of sentence structure, and isolated paragraphs rather than large blocks of text facilitate information gathering for young readers. The figurative paintings fill the pages with inviting images. Several diagrams are included. A further reading list and "some useful web sites" help integrate this title into any elementary curriculum. Emergent readers and any child interested in animals will find something to appreciate here. An enjoyable nontechnical read-aloud.-Tina Hudak, St. Bernard's School, Riverdale, MD Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.