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The Odd Egg

by Emily  Gravett

Published by U.S. edition: Simon & Schuster, 2009
24 pages
ISBN: 978-1-4169-6872-6

Ages 3-7

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A group of eager, expectant bird mothers (owl, chicken, cockatoo, flamingo and others) is joined by an eggless duck, but he quickly finds a large, speckled egg to care for. The other mothers are not impressed by his odd ovoid discovery. Their disparaging gossip is soon abated by the hatching of their precious offspring, while Duck waits . . . and waits . . . and waits for his own baby to hatch. A straightforward narrative is the perfect complement for marvelous visual storytelling. The illustrations include a sequence of mini-reveals as a cascade of partial pages feature the arrival of a new avian offspring with each turn. Author/illustrator Emily Gravett also incorporates plenty of humor into her artwork (the newly hatched owl is spouting a lengthy mathematic equation), including a stunning surprise ending that offers immense satisfaction for duck, as well as readers and listeners. CCBC Categories: Picture Books for Babies, Toddlers, and Preschoolers  © Cooperative Children's Book Center


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