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First the Egg

4.03 of 5 stars 4.03  ·  rating details  ·  2,833 ratings  ·  315 reviews
WHICH CAME FIRST? The chicken or the egg? Simple die-cuts magically present transformation-- from seed to flower, tadpole to frog, caterpillar to butterfly.The acclaimed author of Black? White! Day? Night! and Lemons Are Not Red gives an entirely fresh and memorable presentation to the concepts of transformation and creatiity. Seed becomes flower, paint becomes picture, wo ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published September 4th 2007 by Roaring Brook Press
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this book was much too sophisticated for greg to figure out at first, but let me say for the record that i always understood and appreciated it. its the kind of book you have to actually physically look at to enjoy; its very well-constructed and kind of a hoot, . i didnt expect to like this book, but i can acknowledge the care and thoughtfulness that went into making it, and i actually really enjoyed reading it. twice. one more class to go and then back to adult books...mostly.
What looks simple is actually quite sophisticated, or for me at least. Without Karen's help I would have been lost from the details of this book. Part of me was angered that the book thought the egg came first and then the chicken, but then I realized this book was actually a subtle reworking of the age old question, and possibly a worthy addition to the philosophy section.
Kids really get into this book. It makes them feel smart when they can predict what comes next, and it makes them think when their predictions are wrong.

I had kids in my school create their own pages for a book like this (thanks for the terrific idea, Judy Freeman!) and they came up with some great ones. Some of my favorites (or those that I can remember now that summer's here): First the thread, then the shirt; First the book, then the library; First the blue and yellow, then the green. <>
A book my 6 yr old as well as my twin 3 yr olds loved. A solid reading level 1 book, this cute story keeps all ages engaged with the bright colorful pictures and cute story. A great addition to any children's library.
L12_luisespinoza Espinoza
This picture book expresses in a very simplistic way the idea of change and transformation through a straightforward approach. From the first couple of pages showing "First the Egg, then the Chicken", to the last couple of pages showing "First the Chicken, then the Egg" and everything in between (the tadpole to frog, the seed to flower, the caterpillar to butterfly, the word to story, the paint to picture), the die cut format of the pages provides surprises at every turn of the page. The thick, ...more
This is such a fun little book! Its simple text is nonetheless effective: "First the egg. Then the chicken. First the tadpole. Then the frog." on up through seeds and flowers, to words and stories and paint and pictures. Cut-outs in the page help to form the illustrations and it's very fun to see how the cut-out fits with the next picture when you turn the page. I was smiling all the way to the last picture. And as to which came first, the chicken or the egg, it may not be as clear as the title ...more
Citation: First the Egg, by Laura Vaccaro Seeger. (Roaring Brook Press, 2007). 32p. Controlled Vocabulary.

Summary: This non-fiction easy reader introduces before and after science, reading, and writing concepts. Beginning with an egg turning into a chicken, it comes full circle to show the chicken, then the egg, at the end.

Critique: (a.) This book’s greatest strength is its illustrations. It was awarded the Theodor Geisel Award as well as the Caldecott Honor. Colorful paintings and accompanying
First the Egg is a 2008 Caldecott Honor book written for children ages 4 to 6. It is nearly a wordless picture book that is about transformations: "first the egg, then the chicken; first the tadpole, then the frog...first the word, then the story". The illustrations in this book are colorful, yet simple, child-like paintings in hues that capture the environment of the subject. The author puts an interesting twist at the end of the book to reinforce the concept of the the circle of life--the book ...more
Hayley Larson
This book was actually one of my very favorite Caldecott winners/honors. I thought not only the concept was really informative and cute for children, but the artistry and creativity using cut-outs was quite enticing as well. I felt like I loved this book just as much as a child would because of the colors and illustrations. On each picture you could see the brushstrokes which was another beautiful touch. The book showcased the age old question: what came first, the chicken or the egg? It begins ...more
Nicole Marzan
Laura Vaccaro Seeger demonstrates the beauty of transformation in her picture book titled Firs the Egg. Each page demonstrates a different type of transformation: the egg becoming a chicken, the tadpole becoming a frog, the seed becoming a flower, etc.

The illustrations in this book are truly one-of-a-kind. What stood out most to me were the cutouts on each page. I thought it was very interesting how all the cutouts worked with each transformation. The cutouts added to the para-textural elements
Rachel Tackett
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Brittani Troutman
First the Egg By Laura Seeger is such a fun book that explains the idea of change in a simple way that children can understand. The beginning pages of the book show that, “First the Egg, then the Chicken.” Next it shows, Frist the tadpole, then the Frog”. As the book goes on it also shows concepts like “First the Word, then the story”. I love how the book didn’t just focus on how animals change over time, but also touched on the writing and painting process. I also love how there is cut outs in ...more
Amber Bush
Seeger, L. (2007). First the Egg . Roaring Book Press

Concept Book/Geisel & Caldecott Honor Award

Picture Book Project

This concept book follows the riddle many of us have heard since we were little; what comes first? The chicken or the egg? The sequential elements change from chickens and eggs to caterpillars to butterflies to seeds to flowers, etc… It is a great book that provides short snippets of text along with amazing illustrations.

I would love to use this book in my classroom. I think
Jennifer Nemo
summary: First the egg then the chicken. Then the book continues with seeds, tadpoles, and caterpillars.

Curriculum Connection: First...then..., sequence of events, connections

Audience: pre-k-2

Personal Reaction: I loved the simplicity of the book. The cutouts make it fun and make you want to read it again.

Visual Appeal: The use of all primary colors with visible brush strokes will appeal to young children.
Mercedes Enciso
Seeger, L. (2007). First the egg. New Milford, Conn.: Roaring Brook Press.

First The Egg by Laura Vaccaro Seeger is a great children’s book that helps children distinguish what comes first then second, then third and so on. This book is great because the author used cutouts for the pictures and it is exciting to see the cutouts reveal something that is on the next page. This book also has great pictures and great use of color for the pictures. I love books with cutouts and popups and other simila
Haley Dowty
First the Egg by Laura Vaccaro Seeger is a beautifully illustrated book to introduce the concept of transformation. The book touches upon transformations in nature "first the egg then the chicken" and "first the seed then the flower", and then moves to transformations in mental processes with "first the word then the story." The story comes full circle at the end with "first the chicken then the egg!" The simple words are enhanced by the detailed yet child friendly illustrations. The paintings a ...more
Which came first, the chicken or the egg? This book introduces kids to the age old conundrum in a cute way. The pictures in this book are gorgeous and each page has a cute presentation that you have to see to appreciate. I love children's books that are unique and memorable. This is a very simple book, but I was surprised by how much I enjoyed reading it with my kids.

When I checked this book out from the library, I was looking for books for my son who is just beginning to read. While the languag
Kayla Fjellbo
First the Egg is an amazing children's book. It is a Caldecott honor book and you realize that right away. This book is very educational for young children. It shows what things start out as, such as: an egg to a chicken, a tadpole to a frog, paint to a picture, etc. This book is perfect for beginner readers or young children to get read aloud to.

This book has very interesting illustrations. Each page is apart of the next page. What I mean by that is if there is a picture of an egg on one page,
Seeger, L., V., (2007). First the egg. New York, NY: Roaring Brook Press.

Geisel Award- 2008

Concept Book

Which comes first; the chicken or the egg? This multiple award winning book which targets P-3rd grade, portrays the transformation of things using fun cut-outs. The illustrator uses bright, colorful textured paintings that show a seed turning into a flower, a word into a story, a caterpillar into a butterfly, a tadpole into a frog, paint into a picture.... This book can be used as part of a sc
Christine Mccurley
Seeger, L. (2007). First the egg. New York: Roaring Brook Press.

New York Times Best Illustrated Children's Books of the Year
Theodor Seuss Geisel Award Honor Book

Concept book

Have you ever wondered about what came first? This concept book looks at what came first with many items, but especially the chicken. Did the egg come first? Or the chicken? The illustrations/visual elements in this book are fantastic. There are cutouts on the pages that help each illustration look like a different item. Thi
Bethley Giles
Seeger, L. V. (2007). First the Egg. New Milford, Conn.: Roaring Brook Press.

Geisel Honor, Caldecott Honor


First the Egg is a fun book that explores the age-old question: Which came first, the chicken or the egg? Using bright, creative illustrations and cut-outs, the book shows how this question can be found all around us, in the animal world and in our own creativity. I enjoyed how the cutouts showed that the end result was always present in the smaller beginning. The book comes full circl
Samantha Mckay
First the Egg was a very early age cut out book. The book really had no relation to each other, other than the fact that it was always first something than something else. For example it would say first the egg then the chicken or first the paint then the picture. Every page had a cut out that was then flipped over and fit the next pages picture as well. It was also illustrated very cute and bright and would be perfect for a very small child. This would be preschool age maybe kindergarten. This ...more
Lisa E
Seeger, L. V. (2007). First the Egg. New York: Roaring B rook Press.

Kirkus Review 2007

Concept Book Category

First the Egg is a book that could be used with students to have them make predictions. Students keep being engaged in reading this book and could predict what will happen next.

This concept book has images such as a seed to the flower, what is the relation between a caterpillar and a butterfly and most importantly first the egg, then the chicken or first the chicken then the egg?
Of the vi
Ashley Saunders
Seeger, L. V. (2007). First the egg. New York, NY: Roaring Brook Press.

Caldecott Honor Book
Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor

Concept Book

This book was a quick read that I think will entertain children. It covers the concept of “First comes…..then….” It handles the age old question of what came first, the chicken or the egg. The art design of this book was beautiful; the colors were very vibrant. There were also image cut outs in the book that would lead you from page to page. I think it covers the conce
Elizabeth Lauver
First the Egg, by Laura Vaccaro Seeger, is a book that is a great read for Pre-School students. Pre-School students would love this book because of the short reading and pictures in the book. I also believe that this would be a great book to introduce the topic that everything comes from something, such as a chicken comes from an egg, and tadpole turns into a frog and so on and so on. Then I could have the students draw what they saw came from something else in the book or an idea of their own t ...more
Jason Roop
Seeger, L. (2007). First the Egg. New York: Roaring Brook Press.

Category: Concept Book (Geisel)

A simple book that investigates the question of, which came first the chicken or the egg? We also see transformations of tadpole to frog, seed to flower, and caterpillar to butterfly. The illustrations are painted and have cut out holes that reveal certain aspects as the reader turns each page. This would serve as a good way to examine how animals transform in certain instances with students. I enjoyed
Melanie Sparks
This book is the perfect, easy to read children's book. This book is very educational and informative. It teaches children the life cycle of many species and the concept that many animals must first come from an egg in order to enter the next cycle of their life. It teaches children the complex concept of morphing into the next stage for species, such as the butterfly. It also is very entertaining due to the cutouts of previous pages. The illustrations are wonderfully bright and colorful. Overal ...more
First the Egg by Laura Vaccaro Seeger is a simple and effective book about transformations using die cuts.

First the egg, then the chicken.
First the tadpole, then the frog.
First the seed, then the flower.
First the caterpillar, then the butterfly.
First the word, then the story.
First the paint, then the picture.
First the chicken, then the egg.

First the Egg uses die cuts that start out as the object, then when the page is turned the die cut becomes an intermediary step before the final transfor
Jun 26, 2013 Courtney rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Beatrix, Lexi, Landon.
Recommended to Courtney by: Came through at work.
Cute - I wish I could paint even half as good as some of the illustrators of the books I see at work, and this Laura Seeger is no egg-ception. ;)

I have no idea what kind of painting it is (acrylic), but it's neat. Some kind that is fairly absorbent or something - you can see the canvas texture in most of the pictures. The illustrations are bright and colourful, and while some (like the flower) seem simple at first glance, I'd imagine it's harder than it looks to get the shading and combining of
Title: First the Egg
Genre: Concept

Summary: First the Egg, illustrates the concept of growth by showing the developmental stages of
of chickens from eggs, butterfiles from catapillars, pictures from paint, and stories from words. as the prgress from seeds, words, and paint to paintings.

A.The critique focuses on the illustration and picture elements of this story.

B. The story uses page cut-outs to illustrate how the outline of the shape of an object can be cleverly used to represent the stages in
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Laura Vaccaro Seeger is a New York Times best-selling author and illustrator and the recipient of a 2008 Caldecott Honor, Theodor Seuss Geisel Honors for both 2009 and 2008, a 2007 New York Times Best Illustrated Book Award, and the 2007 Boston Globe/Horn Book Award for Best Picture Book. Her books include First the Egg, The Hidden Alphabet, and Dog and Bear, among others.

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