Saturday, April 4, 2015

This Librarian's Quick Picks: Egg -- Nature's Perfect Package

Egg Nature's Perfect Package by Steve Jenkins book coverEgg: Nature's Perfect Package
by Steve Jenkins
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (March 3, 2015)
Nonfiction/Informational Picture Book


Explore how a simple, often colorful, sometimes surprisingly shaped package, reveals nature's life cycle, unusual animal defensive strategies, parenting behavior, evolution, and more, in this illustrated non-fiction picture book.

Why You'll Love It:
  •  Jenkins' signature torn paper and collage illustrations are featured against white backgrounds, really making the images pop. 
  • Jenkins explores 54 creatures and why they lay eggs the way they do -- for example, the black-spotted sticky frog lays eggs in a carnivorous pitcher plant. Hello, booktalk hook!!!
  • The final pages illustrate the cycles of a chicken and alligator as each creature develops over time, in five stages from embryo to hatchling, which lends itself nicely to compare and contrast lessons.

Who Should Read It:

Great for grades K-3...and here's the educator's guide (scroll down to p. 7)

steve jenkins egg hatching illustration

What Else You Should Read:

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