First The Egg
  • First The Egg
  • First The Egg
  • First The Egg
ISBN: 1596432721
EAN13: 9781596432727
Language: English
Release Date: Sep 4, 2007
Pages: 32
Dimensions: 0.5" H x 8.6" L x 8.2" W
Weight: 0.55 lbs.
Format: Hardcover
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Book Overview

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.

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   A must for the science-minded kid/parent
As others have written, this is an extremely intelligent book with outstanding illustrations. If you value critical introduction to science, nature and early thinking, this is a must-have book. The tie-ins are ingenious and the book comes full circle at the end. And the integration of the cut outs is equally remarkable. It is hard to explain. You see it and you'll read what I mean. Importantly, it is not too wordy, so that it is a pleasure to read. When I read it to my 2 12 year old duaghter, I let her finish the second part of the then the... refrain. She does as much as I enjoys, which all says. Buy it and read it to your children.
This book was suggested with another book that I was already purchasing and I didn 't really look at it before I got it home. The book is simple enough for a little bitty, but complex enough for a school-aged child. It is great to be read to a child. It is great to be read by a child. You can take it at face value or you can expand on the presented ideas. The holes in each page are creative. It is not surprising that it is an award winner.
Every other page has a cut out, which gives your child the chance to predict what the next part may be, but the story is also great for elementary children. i loved that it ended in such a creative way as a teacher : i'd love to use this model and have students create their own books...
   What did come first, the chicken or the egg???
It has only a simple word or two on each page, the illustrations are very bright, and is a quick little science lesson that goes full circle. I actually bought it for my 18 month old granddaughter, but have found that every time I read it to her, her 3 and 4 year old siblings come running and listen to every word. It is certain to be a family favorite.
   story of transformation and the cycle of life
First the Egg, with texts and illustrations by Laura Vaccaro Seeger, is a 32-sided story for children age 2-6 that inspires youth to learn about the cycle of life and teaches young imaginations with colourful colors, die-cuts and an inspirational story line. Children learn that an egg becomes a chicken, a seed becomes a flower, a Tadpole becomes a frog and a caterpillar becomes a butterfly. First the Egg was named a geisel honor book, as well as a Caldecott honor book. I have two criticisms with this book : In my opinion, the $15.64 hardcover is more expensive than other picture books, and the storyline is so basic that parents will need to use their imaginations to maximize the value and usefulness of the book. With reservations recommended.
   Chicken on front
Bought missing, book cover is used so that there is a chicken on the front and not the egg. I believe that this is the case. Very confusing, the original book has a different book cover picture than the book itself. Confusingly, when buying a used copy, make sure the book cover is present. Changed the rating from 5 stars to 6.
   Simple, beautiful, creative!
This story is in its approach simple and the images are crafted beautifully. The cut images are creative and provide a tactile sensation for children. This is a natural introduction to the great world of the hens, frogs, butterflies and flowers and how they are formed and go through transformation.
This is a great book for really little kids who are just learning to read because there are so few words and the story is primarily told through very unique illustrations.
   Favorite Author of a 4 Year Old
Our youngest son loved Laura Vaccaro Seeger when he was in the pre-k. All her books are wonderful. The Egg was the first book by hers we were introduced to and one of the most special books ever written. We even gave this as a baby shower gift, thinking that the parents will have to share this special book with their children. Pete Seeger's music and words live and also a family favorite. Thank you.
   Beautiful book with very simple prose
Then the egg, first the chicken. The Tadpole first gets the idea, then the...