Eggs that do not come in stock sizes suited to specially designed cartons at the supermarket (no matter what the kids think) can be fascinating in their infinite variety. For each different kind of ova, Posada presents a clue-filled verse, a teasing fragment of a watercolor collage, and the universal question about what is developing inside the featured egg. A quick flip of the page reveals the answer with a full-blown illustration and an informative paragraph on the featured creature. (Yes, a purist might carp on being told the spider spun her egg case "with her eight long legs" with nary a mention of spinnerets, but spiders do use their legs to distribute the spun silk, so never mind.) The text is brief and to the point, and the charming collages generate Waldo-like searches for a clue to parental identity. Final pages present the eggs in question in their actual sizes and a step-by-step visualization of the miraculous changes inside a duck egg from the 4th to the 26th day. For a tighter focus, think of titles like Martin Jenkins's The Emperor's Egg (1999), Ruth Horowitz's Crab Moon (2000, both Candlewick) or Dianna Aston's luminous An Egg Is Quiet (Chronicle, 2006). Attractive, informative, and fun for the younger set.
Patricia ManningCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Posada again succeeds in bringing science to kids in this amazing treasure trove of information and beautiful collage art that's wrapped up in a guessing game. Brief rhyming text and a zoomed-in picture of each egg provide readers with clues as to what is growing inside. The next spread provides the answer, a more wide-angle look at the animals, and a paragraph of interesting information about the species (e.g., what they eat, how they get around, what their habitat is like and whether they depend on their parents for nurturing). Featured are birds, reptiles, an arachnid and a mollusk (fish, insects and monotremes are also oviparous). Backmatter includes pages comparing all the eggs at actual size and a look inside a duck egg as the baby develops. Posada's artwork lends texture and movement to the pages-readers can almost feel the downy softness of the duck's breast and the rough scales on the baby alligators. This is wonderful for sharing on its own, but will be especially embraced by elementary educators. (Picture book/nonfiction. 3-8)