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An Extraordinary Egg

4.02  ·  Rating Details ·  724 Ratings  ·  90 Reviews
Illus. in full color. While taking a walk, three frogs discover what they believe to be a chicken egg and eagerly wait for it to hatch. When a scaly, four-legged creature with a long snoutful of teeth emerges a few days later, the frogs are still convinced it's a chicken and are thrilled to have a new friend. Soon the frogs and "chicken" are inseparable, at least until the ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published January 7th 2014 by Knopf Books for Young Readers (first published January 1st 1948)
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Mar 20, 2012 Amy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens, reviewed
I really liked An Extraordinary Egg, but I am such a huge Fish is Fish fan (one of my favorite books from my childhood), that I will pretty much love anything by Leo Lionni. My niece and nephew seemed to think this book was ok, but neither of them was particularly impressed with it. They were both so hung up on the fact that the "chicken" was really a crocodile, that they weren't able to see the humor in the story. I think they were mostly annoyed that the frogs didn't know a chicken from a croc ...more
Taylor Faulk
An Extraordinary Egg by Leo Lionni
An Extraordinary Egg by Leo Lionni is a book about a frog named Jessica, her two friends Marilyn and August and an amazing discovery. Jessica was the adventurous one who was always looking and finding something new. She likes to bring pebbles back to her friends to show them her extraordinary finds but they are never that impressed with her. One day she brings back a huge white pebble to show her friend, but to her surprise they are astonished by her f
Rachael Mack
Sep 05, 2014 Rachael Mack rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
(Spoiler Alert)
In An Extraordinary Egg Leo Lionni takes readers on a fun-filled silly trip that just keeps getting better. The story tells about three frogs who live together on Pebble Island. One of the frogs, Jessica, has an extreme sense of wonder and loves to explore. While exploring one day Jessica finds what she believes to be a HUGE pebble, but when she gets home know-it-all Marilyn tells Jessica that the pebble is a chicken egg. Eventually the egg hatches and out pops a baby alligator,
Molly Thompson
Jun 10, 2014 Molly Thompson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In his creative and unexpected style, Leo Leonni tells the story of Jessica, a very curious frog. On Pebble Island, Jessica spends her days exploring looking for the perfect stone. MOne day, she finds an especially unique stone. Her frog friends, Mariyln and August realize that this is not just any pebble; it’s an egg! Without much world experience, the frogs name this animal a chicken. They spend their days playing together and having fun. This chicken can swim just like the frogs. This may be ...more
Alyson (Kid Lit Frenzy)
Though I really enjoyed this book, something seemed off and so I gave it a 4 instead of a 5. The illustrations are typical of Lionni's work. In this story, a frog finds a "rock" which the other frogs call a chicken egg. So when it hatches, it turns out to be something other than a chicken. However, they never really realize that. This I think is the problem for me. I think for an adult it was a great joke. Need to think about this from a child's perspective.
Jonathan Andrew
This story is about 3 frogs. One of the frogs, Jessica, finds an egg one day. Her frog friends tell her it is a chicken egg. When it hatches, it is a baby alligator, but the frogs still think it is a chicken. One day, a bird comes along, sees the "chicken" and tells him that he knows where his mother is. So Jessica and the chicken follow the bird for a very long time. They finally reach the mother, a very large alligator. Jessica returns to her frog friends to inform them that the mother called ...more
Jun 19, 2009 Nicole rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: discerning parents and every child reader
Shelves: picture-books
It's such a welcome change when authors treat children like capable readers. Take a cue from Leo and leave some gaps in the story, people! The chicken mistake is never addressed, which is fun, funny and fabulous.

A forerunner to Arlene Sardine, I do believe.
May 18, 2011 Angie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture
The little ones think it is hilarious when (SLIGHT SPOILER HERE) the two frogs keep calling the baby alligator a chicken. "THAT'S NOT A CHICKEN!" they kept interrupting the story to tell me.

Yes. I know. ;]
Hannah Baumgartner
Three frogs are on Pebble Island when they stumble upon a stone. One day the stone hatches, it was actually an egg. The frogs believe it is a chicken because of its scaly nature. They care for their new baby chicken and have a wonderful time with him.

I thought this was a cute book and story because if your different, you can still be welcomed loved. Lionni uses his cut out graphic style for the illustrations. There are no boarders and the illustrations bleed to the edges. Pebble Island is kind
Jamie Byrum
Three frogs live on Pebble Island and one named Jessica loves to bring back her pebbles to her siblings. One day she finds a big one and rolls it back. Her siblings say it is a chicken egg. One day it cracks and out comes an alligator, but they think it is a chicken. They love the chicken and it even rescues Jessica one day. A bird comes and Jessica thinks this is it's mother, but it isn't. Then the chicken sees his mother alligator and the mother says "come here baby alligator." Jessica says do ...more
Caryn Caldwell
Nov 24, 2015 Caryn Caldwell rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: early-readers
When Jessica frog finds an egg while out walking one day, she and her friends are sure it belongs to a chicken. So sure, in fact, that when an alligator pops out instead, they refuse to see it for what it really is.

This book makes a hilarious read-aloud. The whole wink-wink-nod-nod when the frogs are sure the alligator is a chicken makes many children feel smart and like they're part of an inside joke. On a deeper level, there's plenty to discuss about first impressions, flexibility, trust, and
Sherry Thornberry
I loved how this book was illustrated in scrape-like pieces of paper. It gave me many ideas on how to do "writing workshops". I liked that the frog, Jessica, in the story was a rock hound. My whole family has a jar of rocks setting in their book shelf because we all feel compelled to pick them up when we see a nice one. Why do we do that? Is it a compulsion from the days when we hunted with clubs and having a nice rock around could mean the difference between life or death? And what constitutes ...more
My 6 year old and I read this today. It is the story of three frogs. One very adventurous frog, Jessica, finds an extraordinary egg and the other frog, Marilyn, explains that it is a chicken egg. Well, soon a "chicken" hatches and becomes great friends with Jessica. (view spoiler) Cute and funny and my 6 year old ...more
Margaret Chind
Apr 13, 2015 Margaret Chind rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Margaret by: Memoria Press Kindergarten
This is rather amusing and a great read to throw in while studying amphibians and reptiles.

Update: 2015

An Extraordinary Egg is a story written about 1948 I believe. It is one of several by Leo Lionni that has entertained children for decades. Now for the summer of 2015, this story returns in a Step into Reading Level 3 reader right on key for students that are getting ready to read on their own.

Reading this now, I'd say that it would a perfect one to add in when studying classifications in sc
Bridgette Elston
My 4 year old loved this die to its siliness of the characters calling an alligator a chicken. Not much of a moral and the pics are kind of basic but it was a fun easy read. we did have a talk after we finished about how we NEVER approach a gator because they eat people but that may be just me cause of the attack earlier this year.
Mar 21, 2014 Jocelin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-s-books
Funny little book about a frog that found real excitement in the world. She comes across a "pebble" that turns out to be a "chicken egg". Of course what hatches is a baby alligator, whom she calls "chicken". This starts a sweet and caring friendship. Liked the message of seeing the heart of a friend. Great story time bed time book.
Nov 28, 2012 Dolly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
Shelves: childrens, humor, 2012
This is a sweet and humorous story. We enjoy Leo Lionni's books - the stories are good for children and the richly textured collage illustrations are colorful, with a distinctive style.

This story reminds me of a coworker (or two). Once his mind is set, there's no convincing him otherwise. (view spoiler).

Jan 21, 2015 Alyssa rated it it was amazing
I love this book. Adorable, sweet, funny, and completely free of any alligator-eating-other-characters twist at the end! (That appears to be a strangely common thing in picture books about eggs...) The humor is just right--even young children will be in on the extended chicken joke. Doing this one at storytime for sure!
It's an extraordinary day on Pebble Island for three frogs when one of them discovers a beautiful white egg. They've never seen a chicken egg before, but they're sure that's what this must be. So when the egg hatches and out crawls a long green, scaly creature, they naturally call it . . . a chicken! From award winning-artist Leo Lionni, here's a hilarious case of mistaken...moreIt's an extraordinary day on Pebble Island for three frogs when one of them discovers a beautiful white egg. They've n ...more
Brianna Wall
The sweet bond between alligator and frog made this story enjoyable to read aloud to a class. Similar to other reviews, I was constantly corrected that our little friend who hatched was actually an alligator, not a chicken. It was light-hearted and fun and made the kids giggle. I think that the illustrations are as equally lovely as the storyline.
This story provides children with humor as three frogs think that an alligator is a chicken. Children enjoy knowing more than the frogs.

Age: 2+

Vocabulary: Children will have fun discussing the way the frogs mix up the vocabulary terms of chicken and alligator.
Renate Robey
A group of frogs find an egg and they assume it must be a chicken egg- even when a green scaly thing comes out. The crocodile eventually find its way back to his mother, This is a funny story that older children will enjoy.
Apr 27, 2016 Jenny rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-to-the-kids
I liked the illustrations and the story made us laugh. The frog seems to know it all and is undaunted when his chicken egg hatches. An alligator climbs out, but he calls it a chicken anyway. It is cute.
Julia Stevens
This has been one of my favorites for a few years. I like how the chicken mistake isn't corrected, the kids think it's hilarious.
Marjorie Cummings
The frog that always explores the island finds a big pebble that turned out to be a chicken they all think.
Apr 03, 2014 Jill rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Leo Lionni has a lot of great books for read alouds in first grade. This is a great book for spring.
Melissa Haro
Sep 21, 2016 Melissa Haro rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kids-books
A mí me gustó mucho! Y también me pareció que le gustó a mi niño de 5 años!
Sep 01, 2016 Angela rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved it! Works great as a picture book and an early reader.
Rachel Rouleau
Cute enough story...a bit long for my two-year-old.
May 09, 2016 Marlene rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My preschoolers absolutely LOVE this book!
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Leo Lionni wrote and illustrated more than 40 highly acclaimed children's books. He received the 1984 American Institute of Graphic Arts Gold Medal and was a four-time Caldecott Honor Winner--for Inch by Inch, Frederick, Swimmy, and Alexander and the Wind-Up Mouse. Leo Lionni died in October of 1999 at his home in Tuscany, Italy, at the age of 89.

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