• Title: Egg
  • Author: Kevin Henkes
  • Illustrator: Kevin Henkes
  • Publisher: Greenwillow Books/HarperCollins Children’s Books
  • Publication year: 2017
  • Brief Summary: From HarperCollins-“This masterful and stylistically original picture book introduces young children to four eggs. One is blue, one is pink, one is yellow, and one is green. Three of the eggs hatch, revealing three baby birds who fly away. But the green egg does not hatch. Why not? When the three birds return to investigate, they’re in for a big surprise! What will happen next? With a compelling mix of comic-like panels, wordless pages and spreads, and a short text featuring word repetition, surprise, and suspense, Egg is an ideal book for emergent readers, as well as for sharing in a group.”
  • Ideas for using this book in classroom or library –I found this lesson plan on HarperCollins website that discusses how children can locate and assimilate synonyms, and how to evaluate feelings.
  • Whatever additional notes you’d like to add about this book and why you liked or didn’t like it – Much like in Waiting, I found Henkes’s pastel colored illustrations perfect for young children. He only uses pale yellow, pink, blue and green. I think my favorite set of illustrations are a full page of the spring-colored birds hoping onto the back of the alligator and settling in, and we see the alligator begin to smile.

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