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AN EGG IS QUIET by Dianna Aston Kirkus Star


by Dianna Aston & illustrated by Sylvia Long

Age Range: 6 - 9

Pub Date: April 1st, 2006
ISBN: 0-8118-4428-5
Publisher: Chronicle

Worthy successor to Ruth Heller’s Chickens Aren’t The Only Ones (1981), this engrossing album pairs images of dozens of precisely detailed eggs and their diverse wild parents to basic facts presented in neatly hand-lettered lines. Nearly all depicted actual size (and those that aren’t, are consistently so labeled), Long’s eggs look real enough to pick up, whether placed in natural settings or suspended on white pages. All, whether from birds, insects, reptiles, fish or amphibians, are not only identified, but Aston adds both topical phrases—“Eggs come in different sizes”—to each spread and, usually, memorably presented additional facts: “An ostrich egg can weigh as much as 8 pounds. It’s so big and so round, it takes two hands to hold one egg.” A delight for budding naturalists of all stripes, flecks, dots and textures. (Picture book/nonfiction. 6-9)