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This is a brilliant book that I used when teaching a Year 1 topic on Eggs and Oviparous Animals. The children recognised and enjoyed the rhyming story and were fascinated by the illustrations, especially the octopus eggs.
As a science teacher, I could not be happier. This book uses engaging artwork along with rhyming text to explain that more than chickens lay eggs. The book includes birds, reptiles, dinos, amphibians, fish, snails, octopi, spiders, insects, and monotremes. I am so thrilled that a book easily readable in preschool contains such clear information and a lot to discuss and so many projects could connect to this. The book would be great for units covering: Easter, spring, babies, life cycles, animals, etc.
Overall, buy the paperback or hardcover, not the library binding as it cuts off the word caterpillar in the spine.
BTW, I bought this book without realizing that I already own a number of her books. I liked her camouflage books too.
I love, love, love this book. As a preschool director, I had many science-based projects set up for different times of year. I kept this book with a collection of eggs (a finch egg, chicken, duck, goose and emu egg... and some spent snake casings) After reading the book, I would have a teacher gently show the children the different eggs for comparison. The illustrations in the book are accurate, and the text has a gently rhyming cadence to it. The underlying science is there, as well.
This is a lovely book that can be appreciated by children of varying ages. I love that it makes a non-fiction subject lively and playful! However, I ordered this paperback copy to replace a much older, worn copy of the same book. The new copy lacks the deep, vibrant colors of the original. The illustrations look faded and washed out in comparison. That's disappointing!