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An Egg is Quiet

An Egg is Quiet

Dianna Hutts Aston
Illustrator:  Sylvia Long 
Nonfiction Picture Book
For ages 6 to 10
Chronicle Books, 2006   ISBN: 978-0811844284

An egg is a miraculous thing. It comes it all shapes and sizes; it can be rough or smooth; it can be hard or soft. It is a perfect package to protect the little life that is growing and developing inside it. Often eggs are beautiful to look at; they are miniature works of art from nature, but if you put them in their natural habitat they disappear perfectly blending in with their environment so that predators cannot find them.

In this gorgeously illustrated celebration of eggs, the author has created a very minimal and lyrical text to go with paintings which tell a fascinating story from nature. Each egg and creature in the artwork is carefully named and often the illustrations are annotated to provide the reader with further information.

This is the kind of book which can be enjoyed on many levels. Young children will learn a great deal from it and will see how beautiful eggs can be. Adults will be enthralled by the detail and finery of the artwork and will be reminded that it is very important to take the time to notice the wonders of nature that can be found all around us.