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Award-winning artist Sylvia Long has teamed with up-and-coming author Dianna Aston to create this gorgeous and informative introduction to eggs. From tiny hummingbird eggs to giant ostrich eggs, oval ladybug eggs to tubular dogfish eggs, gooey frog eggs to fossilized dinosaur eggs, it magnificently captures the incredible variety of eggs and celebrates their beauty and won...more
Hardcover, 36 pages
Published March 2nd 2006 by Chronicle Books
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Kathryn
A beautiful, gentle and fascinating story of eggs; bird egg, insect eggs, fish eggs... There is enough "story" through the consistency of the poem, repeating the "An egg is..." for various aspects, such as "Quiet" or "Smooth" etc. that this feels like a cozy read aloud rather than an informational volume. And I love the illustrations! As a kid, I would have poured over all the different types of eggs, noting the different colors and speckles and even shapes! We follow the eggs through the embryo...more
Cheryl in CC NV
Gorgeous. I want badly to give it five stars. However, I have a major beef about one aspect of the science.

The concept of evolution is still not universally accepted. One reason why not is that it is misunderstood. That is because, all too often, we are taught that evolution is somehow 'purposeful' and that it leads to 'higher' or superior life-forms. This is wrong.

Evolution works by *chance.* The offspring that have the *most appropriate* characteristics (not the 'best' adaptations!) for their...more
Lisa Vegan
Dec 03, 2009 Lisa Vegan rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: children of all ages who are captivated by the natural world
Recommended to Lisa by: Kathryn
I recently read A Seed Is Sleepy and I didn’t think I’d like this book as much, but actually it was at least as magical, entertaining, and educational.

I never knew eggs came in so many sizes (the eggs are shown at their exact size except the ones labeled as larger than actual size) and shapes and colors and patterns and textures. As a kid I would have spent hours perusing the images of each of these eggs and then gone back many times for more viewing sessions. So many of the eggs are truly gorge...more
Randie
Incredible! I love the elegance, detail, and beauty of the illustrations. The swirly font is a perfect match to the elegant illustrations. I enjoyed seeing all the different types of eggs in the beginning (and throughout the book) and then seeing all the creatures that came from the eggs at the end. What an amazing way to present information that might otherwise be boring.

I must find more books from Aston and Long.
Amy
Apr 09, 2012 Amy rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Amy by: Chandra
This book was right up my niece's alley. She loves non-fiction books, and she loves nature, so An Egg Is Quiet was something very enjoyable for her. She and I particularly enjoyed that this book showed eggs from birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish, and even from insects, and she was very impressed with the page that showed the development of a chicken, grasshopper, and salmon embryo. She even took the time to try to educate her little brother about that, but unfortunately, he wasn't in the mood to...more
Tricia Douglas
This is a beautiful book about animals and their eggs, their differences and similarities. The illustrations are meticulous and amazing. The information and details will engage children and adults alike. A wonderful book for a bookshelf.
Rosemary
When I was growing up in Michigan, my Mom encouraged me to cautiously peek at a robin's egg in its nest. It was one of the most lovely shades of blue I've ever seen. I think that experience is part of why it has always been my favorite color.

The egg of the American Robin is one of 60 types featured in this fascinating book, which range from the Dogfish. a shark, to Anna's Hummingbird. The exquisite illustrations by Artist Sylvia Long capture not only the beauty and variety of the eggs - they com...more
Beth
An Egg is Quiet is a rich natural history picture book, celebrating diversity by showcasing over sixty eggs from birds, fish, reptiles, insects and more. Aston’s poetic introduction (“It sits there, under it’s mother’s feathers… on top of it’s father’s feet… buried beneath the sand. Warm. Cozy.”) is the jumping off point for an eggs factapolooza. Eggs are described visually as shapely, colorful, textured, and artistic, with beautifully rendered examples of each. Eggs are also characterized as cl...more
Amy
An egg is quiet, colorful, shapely, clever, artistic, textured, and giving. "Then, suddenly, an egg is noisy."

Dianna Hutts Aston introduces eggs in a spare manner accessible even to young preschoolers, while accompanying her words with Sylvia Long's exquisite, labeled pictures of eggs from birds, insects, reptiles, and fish. Because it is simultaneously simple and complex, the book achieves what the best juvenile nonfiction should: provide new knowledge and insight for a reader of any age. Even...more
Penny McGill
Brought this one home for a secret project but Alice and I liked it so much we read it a few times. This would be a wonderful gift for a family bookshelf because it blends facts with a tiny bit of story. I know that we'll keep thinking about what we learned about different creatures and eggs from this book and, if we came into a bunch of $, we'd probably have this on our wish list and run out and buy it.

There are so many beautiful details and colours in this book - we had lots to talk about with...more
Yusra Faridi
This is an informational text about eggs; the variety of eggs and other facts about them. All though the text is informational, children will enjoy reading and listening to it as much as a fiction book because it is told in a very interesting and child friendly way. The illustrations add so much to the huge variety of eggs described in this book; there are smooth eggs, and speckled eggs, etc. Much like the other books by this author, this book is packed with facts and information and is a great...more
Janine Weston
Spring break is coming up soon! I enjoy walking around Lake Elizabeth and seeing all of the freshly hatched ducklings and goslings waddling after their mothers. Ducks and geese aren't the only ones hatching out of eggs. In fact, different types eggs -- although they posess so much variety -- have a lot in common.

This book, An Egg is Quiet, by Dianna Aston, has fabulous pictures to help you identify eggs as well as wealth of information about eggs.

An egg is quiet.

An egg is colorful.

An egg is shap...more
Emily Miller
This is an informative book about different animal eggs. It includes facts about a wide variety of eggs from birds to frogs to insects. It compares and contrasts sizes, shape, color, and patterns of eggs. I love that this nonfiction book is written with poetic elements, yet still contains a vast amount of information about eggs. This would be a great book to use in a classroom when learning about life cycles of animals who hatch from eggs.
Katelynn Callahan
This book is written by Dianna Hutts Aston and illustrated by Sylvia Long. It is about eggs of all different types of animals and creatures. The idea of this book does not seem very exciting but An Egg is Quiet is a beautiful book that is filled with great facts but also very intriguing. It is best for students who already have taken an interest in nature. Each part of the book talks in detail about eggs such as colors, textures ect. The illustrator uses ink and watercolors. The text is bold and...more
Mistiemae1 Downs
With a whole slew of spring books chosen from the library, this is the one my 6-year-olds went back to again and again. They adored seeing the various shapes, sizes, and colors of the eggs and trying to match the illustrations to eggs they've seen in life. Also fascinating to them was the illustration of embryonic development inside a hen egg, a salmon egg, and a grasshopper egg. The information itself was a bit beyond their capabilities, but the pictures got across to them those things they wer...more
Michelle Henry
With information from cover to back, this book illustrates and describes over 60 different types of eggs that animals lay throughout the book. This book includes shocking facts and observations about many kinds of eggs and how they grow. This non-fiction book accurately depicts the size and color of animal eggs which captivates a classroom's attention when reading this informational book.
Janelle
Jun 14, 2008 Janelle rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: nature lovers, those who love eggs
The sparkly title caught my eye, and I'm glad it did, This is a book about eggs, all kinds of eggs: birds, fish, insects, amphibians, reptiles. It will get children thinking about the variety of animals that come from eggs, about birth and growth. It's sure to inspire an interest in the natural world. It would make a great purchase to have on reference when exploring during nature hikes or even a visit to the zoo. I think it's fun to see the types of eggs full grown animals started out in. Be su...more
Edward Creter
This book is for the birds. And lizards. And creepy insects, since it deals with the egg hatching of all three. Kids will surely love this "egg-streme" loo at animal birth and there's lots of egg paintings so you can identify which egg is which. It's fun for little nature lovers.
Pam
We first heard this book at a Audobon Society program on the weekend of Easter. The illustrations are precisely and beautifully detailed, they make you want to go back and look through them again. And the words are simply written, in a wonderful way. Glad to own this one!
Sara
Such a wonderful look at all the different eggs in the world! I love the labelled illustrations and the option to read details with older kids, or keep the story simple and magical with younger children.
Vicky
I'm not really a big fan of non-fiction books, but I actually enjoyed this book. It's about the different kinds of eggs that are around us every day, from the ones that we eat, to the exotic eggs that we've never seen before. I think that it was both very informative and easy for kids to follow. It was a different kind of book, because eggs aren't really talked about very much, but the author did a good job of keeping the reader engaged. I really enjoyed all of the pictures of the different eggs...more
Jamie
Loved the illustrations! Such subtle but beautiful watercolor and ink renderings of eggs, birds, etc. and a nice, "quiet" story to go with them.
Vilo
A beautiful book that introduces children to an immense variety of eggs. I like it almost as much as Chickens Aren't the Only Ones by Ruth Heller.
The Library Lady
I used this last week in programs for children as young as 2. The illustrations, combined with the line in big print on each page, made it work beautifully for these smaller kids. They were really fascinated by the spreads on colors, shapes and on the petrified dinosaur egg.

This was even better with the older (3-6 year old) crowd. For them, the details in the text were helpful with the discussions each 2 page spread inspired. And the end papers, showing the huge variety of animals that hatched f...more
Melissa Stewart
I love this book for the beautiful illustrations and the provocative statements that make readers think about eggs in a whole new way. Each spread features a simple statement in large cursive style text and supporting details in smaller type. The main text includes such proclomations as "An egg is clever." and "An egg is giving." These aren't statements we typically associate with eggs, but the sidebars reinforce the main statement and give readers a new appreciation for the way in which many of...more
Michelle Neuwirth Gray
A wonderful introduction to eggs and the animals that lay them. The paintings are so detailed. Eggs are truly amazing!
Keeko
The illustrations are beautiful, and the idea is good, but the illustrations overwhelm the text. This is the kind of book that adults would be thrilled about because of the quality of the artwork without thinking about how the young reader would be engaged. If it's supposed to be a book to get children interested in the broad range of animal life, then the text should be presented in such a way to help them read the names of the animals. I feel bad giving it a so-so review because it's obvious t...more
Destiny Dawn Long
I love the layers of text in this book, which allow it to grow with a child. When they are young, you can read the largest text together--simple prose that describes qualities of eggs. When the child is older, you can get into the more detailed descriptions. The prose is elegant in its simplicity and educational without being dull.

The illustrations which accompany the text are nothing short of gorgeous. They enrich the text itself, providing additional details and information to satisfy even th...more
Noelle
This book is enchanting and informative. And the illustrations are wonderful. A must for spring!
Heather
A visually stunning book, full of beautifully colored eggs. Nature truly is beautiful.
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Dianna Hutts Aston was born in Houston, Texas, attended the University of Houston, and worked as a journalist for several years. LOONY LITTLE is her first picture book with Candlewick Press. She says, "It was one of the hottest summer days on record. My mind, of its own accord, kept wandering northward, to a wilderness of snow and ice, the Arctic. While listening to the news one evening, I heard P...more
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