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  • Published: New Milford, Conn. : Roaring Brook Press, 2007.
  • Year Published: 2007
  • Edition: 1st ed.
  • Description: 1 v. (unpaged) : col. ill. ; 23 cm.
  • Language: English
  • Format: Book

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  • 1596432721
  • 9781596432727



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First the egg

by Seeger, Laura Vaccaro.

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Where To Find It

Call number: E SEE, R Caldecott Honor 2008

Available Copies: Downtown Youth PicBks, Traverwood Youth PicBks

Additional Details

"A Neal Porter book."

A picture book about transformations.

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Clever Concept Book

Clever die-cut illustrations elevate this concept book about transformations and sequences into a work of art. As the book opens, an egg-shaped cutout over white paper creates an illustration of an egg, but turning the page transforms that egg-shaped cutout into the body of a yellow chick and the white background is revealed to be part of a white-feathered chicken. Simple text, “First the EGG / then the CHICKEN,” accompanies these pages, and the sparse wording only works to highlight the ingenious, vibrant, oil-on-canvas illustrations. Subsequent pages portray a tadpole then frog, seed then flower, caterpillar then butterfly before moving toward more abstract sequences, word then story, paint and picture. It ends full-circle by returning to the egg, hinting that the story and picture mentioned in the book were, in fact, part of the very book the child is holding. There are some discrepancy between the book’s simple text and its complex illustrations and concepts, so while it may seem like a book for very young children, it is probably better suited for a slightly older audience.

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