The Most Wonderful Egg in the World
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The Most Wonderful Egg in the World

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Dotty had the most beautiful feathers. Stalky had the most beautiful legs. And Plumy had the most beautiful crest. But which of them was the most beautiful? The three hens went to the king. "Whichever one of you lays the most wonderful egg I will make a princess," he proclaimed. And so the contest began...

Helme Heine's rollicking tale is sure to enchant children and adults...more
Paperback, 32 pages
Published March 31st 1987 by Aladdin Paperbacks (first published 1983)
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Dec 16, 2011 Ronyell rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Hen lovers everywhere!
I have actually seen this story through a children’s video series called “Weston Woods” and I have enjoyed this story ever since! “The Most Wonderful Egg in the World” is a children’s book by Helme Heine that is about how three hens – Dotty, Stalky and Plumy – all wanted to prove to each other about who is the most beautiful hen in the kingdom and the results are truly unexpected and creative! “The Most Wonderful Egg in the World” is definitely one children’s book that will stand the test of tim...more
Sarah Sammis
Apr 01, 2011 Sarah Sammis rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Sarah by: Sean
The Most Wonderful Egg in the World by Helme Heine isn't a picture book I would have picked for myself. My son though raved about it for a month, having read it in school. As I have an open reading policy, meaning I will read whatever my children recommend to me, I checked out a copy to read together at home.

The king has three extraordinary egg laying hens. He decides to hold a contest. The hen who lays the best egg will become a princess. Dotty, Stalky and Plumy each lay magnificent eggs. They...more
I have to say that my first reaction after reading this was...really? That's all there is? It's okay the way it is, with an interesting surprise, but it just seems like the last half of the book is missing. But I do love Plumy's crest.

Upon my second reading, I noticed something I had missed before. When the king makes the chickens princesses, he uses yellow-gold paint to color their crests like crowns. That cracked me up, and it completely escaped me the first time through. It definitely makes t...more
Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
This is not one of my favorite books by Heine. Three hens who could not decide which one of them is the most beautiful present their problem to the king. He proclaims that whichever one lays the most wonderful egg will be made a princess. The first 2 hens lay big, beautiful white eggs, but the third lays a square egg of different colors. You'd think that would clinch it, but the king wimps out and makes them all princesses--a weak ending. I must admit, I do like his illustrations of chickens. Ki...more
This is a fun story that shows children that everyone is beautiful just the way they are in a non-sentimental way. In this story, three hens, each with a special quality--one with pretty feathers, one with a pretty crest, and one with long legs--argue over which of them is the most beautiful. They take it to the king, and the king says that whichever of them can lay the most beautiful egg will be made into a princess. Each of the hens lays very different eggs from each other, and the king has a...more
Brenna Nikalee
It's been a couple of decades since I read this, but as an adolescent I read it to my siblings who loved it. I made paper puppets of the characters and eggs, pasted to popsicle sticks and put on a production for them and other young cousins. Now I'm ordering a copy for my own kids.
Mar 28, 2012 June rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: librarians, parents, teachers
I used to show the filmstrip years ago for Story Time, but figured I might as well read the book now that the filmstrips have gone by the wayside.

3 hens argue about who is the most beautiful. When they take their disagreement to the King he says, "What you can do is more important than what you look like". So the 3 see which can lay the most wonderful egg. Dotty lays a perfect egg. Stalky lays the biggest egg, & Plumy lays the most fantastic egg. Since it was impossible to say which egg was...more
Die Geschichte und besonders die Illustrationen kam sehr gut bei den Kurzen an. Bewaffnet man sich dann noch mit entsprechenden Eiern (bzw. Schokowürfeln) sind leuchtende Augen garantiert :) Ich hatte erst Bedenken, dass die Geschichte vielleicht etwas zu kurz bzw. für die Vorschulkinder vielleicht schon zu anspruchslos ist, aber die Begeisterung zerstreute diese Bedenken sehr schnell. Dank der Eier, um die es - auch - geht, natürlich auch hervorragend für die Zeit vor und um Ostern geeignet.
This is a good fairy tale for younger readers. The three hens and their eggs are all a nice build up to revealing moment when we discover that all of us are important in our own particular way. We simply need to stop trying to outdo each other and be the best version of ourselves. Good lesson to learn.
Deborah Harris
Dec 30, 2013 Deborah Harris added it
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AR Quiz No. 44053 EN Fiction
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A book about three chicken's competing to make the best egg for the king: thus explaining the two star rating.
My absolute most favorite kid's book. not too transparent, but perfect moral for a comparison-based world.
Ruth Govaerts
Een vierkant ei, een gestippeld ei, een driehoekig ei... Welk ei is het mooiste volgens jou?
Sooooooooooooooo funny! I just got chickens, so am reading chicken books.
Hanne Govaerts
Ik weet ook niet wie het mooiste ei legde!
Heel mooi en grappig boek!
Nederlandse titel "Het allermooiste ei"
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