Sunday, April 1, 2012


Who knew an egg could be so many things?
When I think of an egg...a white chicken egg comes to mind. The kind of egg that sits with 11 other identical eggs in a Styrofoam container in my fridge.

If you read An Egg is Quiet by Dianna Aston, you'll see that an egg is colorful, shapely, artistic, and more. This informational book with gorgeous illustrations by Sylvia Long is an outstanding specimen of the picture book genre (scientifically speaking).

It's the perfect time of year for a study on eggs and this is the perfect springboard.  A fascinating book, it introduces more than 60 types of eggs and and shares some amazing facts about them.

Did you know that seabird eggs are pointy at one end? Why? If they are laid on rock ledges, they roll around in safe little circles, not off the cliff. Amazing.

You can't help but be entranced by the beauty of this book and still learn something new.
It's the perfect addition to an Easter basket too!

Extension Idea:
Truly, the possibilities are endless with this book. The topics of math, science, art, geography, and history are all introduced.
Here's one for Math.
An ostrich egg can weigh up to 8 pounds. Take a balloon and fill it with water to equal the size of a chicken egg.  Let the children weigh it on a kitchen scale. Take another and fill it until it weighs 8 pounds (or as close as you can get) to show the size of an ostrich egg. Let the children hold each of these just to get a feel for the difference in these two types of bird eggs.

Weigh it.

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