Many creatures, including amphibians, reptiles, insects, birds, and even some mammals, lay eggs. Eggs come in all shapes, sizes, colors, and textures, from jelly-covered bullfrog eggs that float to stringy octopus eggs that hang beneath sea ledges. Animals protect their eggs in special ways too. Seahorse eggs are carried in the father's pouch, while Asian cave swiftlet eggs stay safe in a nest made of spit. As different as they are from one another, all eggs contain a special world, a place where a developing embryo can breathe, grow, and be nourished. Extraordinary facts abound in this intriguingly written and intricately illustrated picture book about the varied appearances, development processes, environments, and survival challenges of eggs.
About the Author
Emma Stevenson is a graduate of University College Falmouth in Cornwall, England. Her debut illustrations for Eggs, by Marilyn Singer, were called "striking and nicely detailed" by Booklist. The Horn Book wrote, "Stevenson's beautiful field guide-like illustrations capture every nuance and detail." Emma Stevenson lives in Birmingham, England, but enjoys painting pictures of familiar as well as exotic habitats.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
A lovely picture book about the role eggs play in the life cycle of several species. My one quibble with the illustrations is that it can be difficult to judge the relative sizes of the eggs and animals depicted. (I say this not because I think it was handled particularly badly here, but because I've seen it done expertly, elsewhere.) Still, this book is an excellent introduction to eggs and a worthwhile supplement to a juvenile biology collection.