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Two Speckled Eggs

by Jennifer K. Mann

Published by Candlewick Press, 2014
32 pages
ISBN: 978-0-7636-61678-7

Ages 4-8

Ginger canít wait to invite all the girls from her class to her birthday party Ė except weird Lyla Browning. Quiet Lyla smells like old leaves and made the unpopular decision to bring a tarantula for Show-and-Tell. Compelled by her mother to invite everyone, Ginger feels her apprehension is validated when Lyla arrives at the party uncomfortably early. When the other guests appear the festivities begin, but nothing goes the way Ginger had imagined and by cake time the birthday girl is in tears. Her party is spiraling toward disaster until she and Lyla share an unexpected laugh over a visiting ladybug. And when Ginger opens her presents, among the predictable toys she finds Lylaís handmade birdís nest holding two chocolate malted-milk eggs. After the others head home, the two girls share the eggs and some imaginary play to launch their friendship. Everything rings true in this honest portrayal of familiar scenarios, from party meltdown to a child who is different from her peers. Pencil, gouache, and digital collage illustrations express the emotions of Gingerís big day with whimsy and heart.  © Cooperative Children's Book Center

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