A resolute rooster decides to adopt an egg in this illustrated barnyard tale. Red the rooster wakes up one morning from a repeated dream: he's sure he's meant to have an egg. The hens consider him ridiculous: "When will you give up this crazy idea?" Roosters, they tell him, "don't have eggs!" Dejected, Red walks away, but he talks himself into a quest to find his egg. First, he looks in the garden. No egg there; the valiant Rabbit tries to give him a tomato instead. Frog looks in the pond, but only discovers a pebble. Cat, dressed like a fairy princess complete with a beribboned wand, helps Red survey the barn. When they spy a ball of yarn, Owl gets involved, but merely repeats the wisdom of the hens: roosters don't have eggs. Still, Red is so determined to succeed that he walks out into a storm. There, in a stream in a ditch, he sees an egg floating with the current. Even though he can't swim, he fearlessly rescues the egg, bringing it home. The play against gender expectations, in which Red, a male, is devoted to locating and caring for his own egg, is charming, and a nice inspiration for all young readers drawn to nurturing, even if they're told otherwise. But Fairchild's (Rose and Her Amazing Nose, 2015) plot hangs together loosely, with the egg appearing suddenly and for no reason. Young critical thinkers would be wise to wonder what is in the egg that Red has saved, and to notice that he misses his morning responsibilities to look after it. Many children, however, will just be charmed by debut illustrator Shultz-Jones' delightfully designed farm animals, including the Owl in dinosaur footie pajamas. An animal fable—with beautiful watercolor images—about following your dreams when others tell you to quit that never quite delves into the consequences.
Have You Seen My Egg? is an endearing story written by multi-award winning author Andrew Fairchild. This is a children’s fiction picture book about following your heart and allowing true love to be your guide. Have You Seen My Egg? is beautifully illustrated by Melissa Shultz-Jones.
The story opens with the main character, Red the rooster, awakening from a dream. It is a dream that he has often and believes to be true, but normally roosters don’t have eggs. Convinced that he does, Red goes on a quest to find his egg.
On his farm a group of hens explain to Red, that having eggs is simply a hen’s job. Refusing to believe the news, Red goes on a journey. On his journey, he runs into fellow farm friends who are eager to help him find his missing egg.
Red encounters many obstacles along the way, but refuses to give up despite life’s unforeseen hurdles.
This simple tale encourages children to follow their heart and dreams no matter how unreal they may seem and also addresses issues that adults will identify with, such as adoption. It is an ideal book for a parent to read to a child and to explain the true meaning of the story.
|Product dimensions:||8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.25(d)|
|Age Range:||5 - 10 Years|