book review

First the Egg by Laura Vaccaro Seeger

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Books can so often be the stepping stone that leads to parent-child discussion, and this deceptively simple book is a perfect example.  Each page rarely has more than three words, yet perfectly aligned die cuts in every other page focus the readers attention on the compelling process of change.  The first set of pages presents the age-old dilemma (that will still be new to a child) of “First the Egg” with a die cut shape of an egg and a blueish white color showing through the die cut to further create the oh-so-recognizable egg shape; on the next page that white color becomes the feathers of a chicken that illustrate the words “then the chicken”.  Other examples include seed/flower and caterpillar/butterfly.  But it gets even more interesting, with words leading to a story and paint contributing to a picture.  The vibrant illustrations contain surprises on each page, and will certainly inspire kids to flip the pages over and over to see the exciting transformations take place. 

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