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An Egg Is Quiet

4.26  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,054 Ratings  ·  166 Reviews
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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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
Lisa Vegan
Dec 03, 2009 Lisa Vegan rated it it was amazing
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
Randie D. Camp, M.S.
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.
Tricia Douglas
Sep 21, 2012 Tricia Douglas rated it it was amazing
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.
Apr 09, 2012 Amy rated it really liked it
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
May 01, 2014 Rosemary rated it it was amazing
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
Nov 09, 2009 Beth rated it it was amazing
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
Jennifer Heise
What a great picture book! Admittedly, if you are not the kind who likes to read labels out loud (think Richard Scarry) you might dislike it... every egg is labelled with species as it appears. Also a great 'last thing at night' book because it is lyrical and quiet, almost Margaret Wise Brown in its writing. But there's ample room for shared reading, with the early reader reading the text itself and the parent reading the labels. For children, like my nearly-seven-year old son, who love nature a ...more
Apr 17, 2015 Emma rated it liked it
Shelves: children-2015
An Egg is Quiet is a really cute science-y kind of children's book that talks about all the different colors, shapes, sizes, etc of the eggs of all kinds of animals. It also discusses the anatomy and physiology of basic eggs which my son found fascinating.

The illustrations are beautiful even though there is a LOT of white space. We had a lot of fun with this one.
Mar 30, 2012 Amy rated it it was amazing
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
DyolF Dixon
Apr 08, 2015 DyolF Dixon rated it liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
An Egg Is Quiet by Dianna Aston and illustrated by Sylvia Long is a good book for a class read or a parent- to-child read. It is a colorful book with beautiful watercolor paintings. It has a double-page spread of the most colorful eggs and the names of the birds that laid them.
Eggs come in sizes big and small. The ostrich’s egg is very big and can weigh eight pounds. The hummingbird’s egg is very small, the size of a jelly bean. It would take 2,000 hummingbird’s eggs to make one ostrich egg.
Sara Bland
Apr 24, 2015 Sara Bland rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-s
If you're looking for an educational book about birds and bird eggs, this is a great resource. Several, probably over 50, different types of eggs are discussed with informational blurbs written beneath them. The illustrations are beautiful and accurate. Towards the end, it shows how birds and other creatures break out of the egg and begin to live their lives. The author and illustrator also do a great job of showing what these animals look like and how they lived their lives after they have hatc ...more
Penny McGill
Jun 01, 2014 Penny McGill rated it it was amazing
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
Yusra Faridi
Apr 07, 2014 Yusra Faridi rated it really liked it
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
Ashlyn Ryder
Oct 20, 2014 Ashlyn Ryder rated it it was amazing
Shelves: libs-642
Aston, D., & Long, S. (2006). An egg is quiet. CA: Chronicle Books LLC.

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This book about eggs takes the concept way beyond the chicken! Children will be captivated by the bursting colors in these illustrations that show all the many different ways an egg can look, and what the product animal is. Children will surely want to get up close and inspect every detail in these pictures as I did! This book will be a wonderful addition to a science lesson on offspring,
Becky B
An exploration of the form and function of eggs for all sorts of creatures.

This is a spectacular survey of eggs, their coloring, their variety (in structure and creatures who lay them), and their purpose. A great science resource, which if you just read the main text and not all the little side info is quite poetic. But who can resist fantastic little tidbits of information? Also the illustrations are quite eye-catching. You can definitely tantalize young readers and learners with this nonfictio
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
Emily Miller
Mar 10, 2014 Emily Miller rated it really liked it
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
May 12, 2010 Mistiemae1 Downs rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s-books
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.
Jun 14, 2008 Janelle rated it really liked it
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
Angie Quantrell
Feb 08, 2016 Angie Quantrell rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
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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.
Sep 11, 2015 Rachel rated it it was amazing
May have to buy this one. Since there is no way I can collect all these eggs to let my kids nature journal, this book is the next best thing. Beautiful, detailed artwork on eggs of all kinds and captivating calligraphy.
Feb 10, 2014 Sara rated it it was amazing
Shelves: pagan-kids
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.
Mar 27, 2015 La-Shanda rated it really liked it
If you want to teach children about the many types of animal eggs then this book is for you. From large ostrich eggs to the teeny tiniest "Anna's Hummingbird", this book is full of eggs.
Apr 17, 2012 Vicky rated it liked it
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
Mar 05, 2015 Tracy rated it it was amazing
This is the kind of book, that you want to sit quietly with, and look at all the illustrations and talk about what is being conveyed on the pages
Apr 25, 2014 Jamie rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens-ya
Loved the illustrations! Such subtle but beautiful watercolor and ink renderings of eggs, birds, etc. and a nice, "quiet" story to go with them.
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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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