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The Egg

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Is there anything as simple as an egg? Is there anything as complex? In this gorgeous picture book, Britta Teckentrup portrays eggs through the eyes of an artist. From hummingbirds to the extinct elephant bird, illustrations of the avian world's smallest and largest eggs demonstrate the variety present in nature. Pastel studies explore the rainbow of soft colors and intricate patterns that make eggs of common birds seem incredibly striking. In Teckentrup's hands, a scattering of broken egg shells become abstract art; a nest of unhatched eggs suggest the possibility and promise of life. Her studies of songbirds and nests are themselves beautifully composed works of color and line. A lovely meditation on the diversity of eggs, this magnificent book offers hours of lingering pleasure, and becomes fertile ground for conversation and imagination.

Publisher: Prestel
Format: Hardback
Published: 20th March 2017
Number of Pages: 96

ISBN-13: 9783791372945

Age Ranking
  1. #166 of 1818 books for 5 year olds
  2. #323 of 1512 books for 9 year olds
  3. #685 of 1139 books for 10 year olds
  4. #1020 of 1615 books for 8 year olds
  5. #1304 of 2085 books for 3 year olds
  6. #1407 of 1816 books for 7 year olds
11 Book reviews
22nd March '17
TommyZoom42 read it aged 9
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5 stars
What a beautiful book. So informative and beautifully illustrated. Fabulous book.
22nd March '17
Hermione read it aged 8
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5 stars
This is a really interesting book with lots of fascinating facts. The best things I learned from it were about how emperor penguins look after their eggs and about how valuable Faberge eggs are (because only 50 were made and now only 43 remain). 

I really liked the pictures in this book. It would make an egg-cellent Easter present for any child! 
23rd March '17
I read it to rsa aged 7
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5 stars
We looked at this beautifully presented book together. The Egg covers a wide range of topics: looking at those animals who lay eggs, to their nests, eggs in mythology (Leda and the Swan) to the Faberge Eggs. I found it as interesting as my son did. He was particularly struck by the difference in size (this is shown through illustrations) between the Hummingbird and the Elephant Birds' eggs. There was a few  ' eurghs' and 'ewws' at seeing the early stages of inside a fertilised chick egg. He was also pretty astounded to see a full page of lots of different insect eggs. An excellent, informative book which is great to dip in and out of and would be of interest to a variety of different ages. It would make a lovely, alternative Easter present.
24th March '17
swalker read it aged 10
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5 stars
This book is sooo good!!
I can't believe how many things their is to learn about an egg. I was amazed at the size of some of them, great with real sized illustrations.
Great sized book with lots of information and facts.
I really enjoyed learning new things from this book.
30th March '17
I read it to SophieKelly aged 3
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5 stars
Fabulous. A rich hard-backed book, with double spreads (one side text, one illustration) exploring a different perspective of "the egg" - be it the creatures that have eggs, the places they are laid, their size, colour and strength, their role in our culture / heritage. My daughter at nearly 4yr was below the "recommend age of 7+"; however its proved a real talking point and helped us talk about Easter eggs, decorating eggs, eating / cooking with eggs, finding eggs, whats inside an egg. We've treated it as a reference book and "dipped in and out" looking at a double spread over a number of days... and have used the illustrations as prompts for other activities. Eg one page led us to use a doily to stencil over an egg shape in a bid to make something that looked like one of the illustrations.

From its title and cover, it would not have been an obvious book to buy - we are so lucky to have won this as a Toppsta Giveaway. And looking more closely I now realise we have some of Britta's other titles which are already favourites - so this has encouraged me to look at the rest of her catalogue to find some more books to buy!
25th March '17
I read it to Bobbin aged 9 & to Piglet aged 5
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5 stars
This is a hands-down-no-dispute five star book. The unassuming title and understated cover belies the fact that this is an outstanding book. To begin with, the quality and feel of the book alone is superb. Once you open it, you are not dissappointed. This book covers every imaginable aspect of information about eggs - from what they look like and their amazing strength, to the wide variety of size and colour of eggs, all the places that bird lay them and details of many other creatures that have eggs. The book does not stop there, it goes on to explore the place of eggs in mythology and imagery. There is so much information in this book, with each page accompanied by beautiful illustrations. There is much to dip into with this book, and both my sons enjoyed listening to this at bedtimes over two nights (and as yet we have not still read it all together). This is definitely one of those books that is not just a book, it is also a thing of beauty, and as such, has to be one of the best ever children's books that I have ever seen. Totally love it!
27th March '17
I read it (an adult)
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5 stars
I was so excited to win this book as I love Britta's illustrations and I wasn't disappointed.  Informative and truly gorgeous.  My 7 year old enjoyed browsing the pages and learning about eggs great and small.  My personal favourite was the faberge egg!  I would recommend this both for children and adults.
28th March '17
I read it to LucasChops aged 5
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5 stars
This really is a beautiful book.  We have had some of Britta's toddler friendly books in the past and the illustrations are always fabulous.  "The Egg" explores all the different types of egg and how the egg fits into history/culture.  Covering facts from the largest to the smallest eggs, the most expensive egg (Faberge) and different nest types it really does contain a wealth of information.  Lets not also forget reptile, insect, platypus and fish eggs!  It examines how eggs can be different shapes and colours and the reasons for this.  A very well thought out book that contains as much to delight adults as children!
19th April '17
MicahW read it aged 7
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4 stars
It was interesting learning about different eggs and learning new things. Some pages I found more interesting than others, such as the page about elephant bird eggs and penguin eggs. I liked that it had pictures as well and you could flick through to the pages you were most interested in, didn't have to look through the book in order.
22nd April '17
I read it (an adult) & to IRE aged 5
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4 stars
This book was not at all what we expected, however it is amazing! Packed full of interesting information all about eggs. Literally everything you ever wanted to know from the anatomy of an egg to its relevance in art and religion. We have learned about Flamingo eggs, Platypus eggs, Frog Spawn and lots, lots more! You could say we're now egg-sperts?! The book is beautifully illustrated by Britta Teckentrup and is a very interesting read! (I read this to Izzie (5) but she was a little young to get the most from it.)
8th April '17
EH read it aged 7
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4 stars
This book is beautiful to look at. The pictures are really good. There is a picture on each page and then a short description of an egg or bird or reptile or nest. It gives lots of facts and interesting details about the size and colour of eggs. The largest egg belongs to the Elephant Bird and it was 34 cm long. 
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