First the Egg

First the Egg

by Laura Vaccaro Seeger

Hardcover(First Edition)

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WHICH CAME FIRST? The chicken or the egg? Simple die-cuts magically present transformation— from seed to flower, tadpole to frog, caterpillar to butterfly.

The acclaimed author of Black? White! Day? Night! and Lemons Are Not Red gives an entirely fresh and memorable presentation to the concepts of transformation and creatiity. Seed becomes flower, paint becomes picture, word becomes story—and the commonplace becomes extraordinary as children look through and turn the pages of this novel and winning book.

First the Egg by bestselling author and illustrator Laura Vaccaro Seeger is a 2008 Caldecott Honor Book and a 2007 New York Times Book Review Best Illustrated Book of the Year. This title has Common Core connections.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781596432727
Publisher: Roaring Brook Press
Publication date: 09/04/2007
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 111,720
Product dimensions: 8.46(w) x 8.84(h) x 0.39(d)
Age Range: 2 - 6 Years

About the Author

Laura Vaccaro Seeger has been called "the queen of the concept book by The Horn Book and is the winner of many awards including two Caldecott Honors, two Geisel Honors, and the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award. Her books include The First Egg, One Boy, Green, and the Dog and Bear series.

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First the Egg 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
copad2thing on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Picture Book. This book is about the ransformation from egg to chicken, seed to flowers, caterpillar to butterfly. The book is great, with illustrations and simple word choice.
SharineHodge on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Summary of the book:This is a book presents transformations in a very magical and creative way. Is presents the change from egg to chicken, seed to flower, and caterpillar to butterfly. The book uses creativity by the way it presented paint becoming a picture and words becoming a story and commonplace becomes extraordinary. Personal Reaction:The die-cuts made this book really interesting for me. By flipping a page, readers see the cutout in two contexts. I think this book is excellent for pre-school aged children. The images were presented with great illustrations with cut-outs to see through to the next page. These were very eye catching an teaches a lesson on every page.Extensions:This book can be used to teach sequence in math or life cycle in science. Students can be engaged in drawing their favorite transformation from the book. It can be the egg that turns to a chicken or a seed that turns to a flower. Students will be encouraged to label their transformation.
elkeursin on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is great! I really liked Lemons are not Red and this one was just as great. I loved the cyclical nature of this story. Very simple and yet very innovative.
marenh on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
5Q 5PVery simply told with boldly colored illustrations that integrate with the following pages via cutouts. Introduces the concept of order, beginning with concrete examples and moving to more abstract ideas. The last three pages cleverly tie together all the concepts introduced.What would you do with the question, "Which came first, the chicken or the egg?""First the paint, then the picture" -- How does this relate to the illustrations, and is it something kids would pick up?How would you present this book to different age groups?
neilliej on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The book addresses the age-old question of whether the chicken or the egg came first. According to this book, first came the egg, then the chicken. To further the learning, the development of butterflies, frogs, flowers, and stories is also shown. The illustrations are beautiful and provide a hole to the next illustration. So, the little egg that we see on the first page, turns into the little chick on the next. The author's brilliant illustrations bring the simplicity of the book to life.
shumphreys on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Which came first, the chicken or the egg? This creative cut-out picture book has pictures that separate and reform as you turn the pages, illustrating the ideas just as well as the few words accompanying them. Very simple, very easy to follow for all ages.Grades K-2. Wide appeal. Read-aloud and independent reading.Strengths - Simple illustrations, creative transformations of pictures.Weaknesses - None.
ErikSalvail on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book has a beauty in its simplicity and style to draw the curiosity of a child who is learning to read. The color and cut sections engage the reader (or viewer), and adds a special something to the life cycles of the various lives of the animals and plants. I highly recommend this book for a child¿s first book collection.
derekgries on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book was a Page turner! Great illuatrations laid under a great story. Seeger is really trying to insire her readers to get creative and write a story or piant a picture. The art in this book is unique, some pages have cut outs tha borrow color from the pages behind them.
mayalanda on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a beautiful, simple, and appealing book. It's as nice as "Lemons are not red" by the same author.
emgriff on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A simple, clever book shows the development of impressive things from humble sources. Using cutouts and bold, thick paint strokes, Laura Vaccaro Seeger transforms an egg into a chicken, a tadpole into a frog, even a words and paint into a story and picture about these natural wonders. Part of the cleverness of this book is the fact that the cutouts form pictures on both the front and back of the page. The oval egg, for example, forms the body of a chick when the page is turned and reveals a full-grown hen. This intermediate step helps bridge the gap between beginning and end, showing the development in more detail. The repetitive sentence structure (First the ___, then the ___) makes this a book even very young children will be able to master reading by themselves. The end comes full circle as we see "first the chicken, then the egg!" This is an original book which addresses big concepts in a fresh way and is highly recommended for libraries which serve preschoolers and kindergartners.
jodyjlittle on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Sets of cause and effect relationships such as "First the Egg, then the Chicken" and "First the seed, then the flower" make up this colorful picture book. The author illustrator uses vivid colors and simple paintings which almost explode on each page. Few additional details allow the cause and effect relationships to be the focus.
missrader on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A simple story about lifecycle and order. It uses few words and has simple illustrations. The illustrations are vibrant and include cut-outs which make them more interesting.
katrinafroelich on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
These illustrations are rich with texture, and brilliantly designed to show the transformation from one object to the next. The question of which came first is never answered -- but beautifully illustrated in this series of cycles and transformations.
SJeanneM on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. It was simple enough for my kinder to read it to me after I read it to her and it made sense to all the kids that were listening although they were a little confused on how the egg can come first and the chicken can come first, but I just explained that everyone was confused by that.
bplma on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Which came first, the chicken or the egg? Seeger's beautifully illustrated picture book details the progression of several living things --egg then chicken, tadpole then frog--simply at first---carefully progressing to word/writing, paint/picture, finally leading us to the satisfying and clever lifecycle conclusion...back to egg! Accurate and cleverly written, this beautiful book will is certain to inspire lively conversations about the circle of life. A winner!
elpowers on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Love it- saturated with color- great storytime book! Juts one phrase per page.
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Every once in a while you'll see an author whose work is like no other. Seeger has proven that she is unique in every thing she touches. This book is no exception. The beautiful paintings complement the ingenious design. And the best part is that children keep coming back to it again and again. Five stars and more!