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Eggs, 1, 2, 3: Who Will The Babies Be?

4.13  ·  Rating details ·  239 ratings  ·  61 reviews
Ten spreads with gatefolds and a culminating dramatic fold-out lead young readers from a single penguin egg to an ostrich's clutch of 10 eggs. Song-like, non-rhyming verse gives clues as to who might hatch. The answer to the repeated refrain, "Who will the babies be?", is found beneath a flap. Besides discovering the animal baby or babies, kids will also pick up a lot of n ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published April 10th 2012 by Blue Apple Books (first published January 1st 2012)
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Counting the eggs and connecting to who lays them. An interactive lift the flaps type book with an interesting illustrated medium.
Ka Youa
Mar 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: pictures-books
This book called Eggs, 1,2,3: Who Will the Babies Be? is a great concept book for teaching counting and naming the different types of eggs for kindergarten. The counting book illustrates amazing pictures of the different kinds of animals that hatch eggs in each page. Children will enjoy lift the flap to see what kind of animal hatches from the eggs.

What makes this book a traditional literature is that it is great for children to count along, guess and learn baby-animal names with the teacher. I
Dec 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: pbnf-500
Beautiful counting book with interesting collages made with textured papers and fabrics. Lift flaps to reveal who hatches out of the various eggs.
A good storytime counting book with textural illustrations (cut paper, fabric, stitching, etc), pages that fold up or out to reveal the animal babies inside each set of eggs--which are introduced along with a number 1-10-- and interesting, well-contextualized words great for increasing vocabulary.

Storytime themes: counting, babies, animals, growing, families
Apr 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
A great book to add to a STEAM collection for preK-2nd. All about the different animals that hatch from eggs. Interactivity is a bonus - lift the page to find your answer. The book's pages are a little thicker than regular paper but add some extra tape to the seams to help prevent unwanted tears from occurring.
Mar 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
what a great book idea! makes counting fun and such a variety of animals and insects.
Rebecca Davis
Great counting book with guessing what animal each egg will hatch. The lift the flaps add a lot of fun to the story!
Tiffany Sanders
Apr 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: el-230
This is a great book to use in the classroom. It is great to use in a kindergarten class to focus on counting . It is a great introductory to counting in the classroom.
Eggs are laid and kids must guess who will be born.
Deceptively simple text, illustration, and design combine to make an excellent science and math book for toddlers, preschoolers, and early elementary children. Halfmann’s descriptive clues introduce readers to ten eggs of various shapes and sizes on the verso. Each recto invites them to guess what will hatch before opening the gatefold on the right to see—and learn more about those particular hatchlings. This combination of counting and science exposes children to eggs in all classes; some will ...more
April Voss
Sep 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
Eggs 1,2,3: Who Will the Babies Be is a delightful book for young children ages preK-kindergarten. It is bright and vibrant with fun fold out pages hiding what kind of animal is in each egg. It repeats the phrase, "Who will the babies be?" throughout the book which also gets the children involved. It is an educational book for teaching counting and for teaching about animals. The artistic media used is collage which almost gives the book a lifelike quality. The illustrator uses the space well co ...more
Stacie Wyatt
May 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I read Eggs, 1, 2, 3, who will the babies be, in exchange for review from Edelweiss. The book was written by Janet Halfmann and Illustrated by Betsy Thompson. The book was published by Blue Apple books. Key selling points from Edelweiss:

Kids are interested in reading about baby animals
Poetic flow and nature facts.
The book teaches kids how to count
The book is interactive
The art and design work is fabolous
The author has wrote over a dozen nature-themed an
A very clever concept book. I appreciate the design, calm yet appealing illustrations with not too much jazz going on - always welcome in a picture books - some look like old MTV videos all flash and splatter and who can concentrate? Certainly not tots and tired librarians.
This one has another fabulous thing. Sturdy paper. If you are going to have a book with pages that fold out - always thrilling for wee ones at story hour - sturdy paper is essential.
Lastly, this is lovely because it is
Apr 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: lilly-read
Eggs 1,2 3: Who Will the Babies Be? by Janet Halfman
Release Date – April 10, 2012
*A review copy of this book was viewed from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review*

This book is a fun book that teaches children not only about counting but about animals and their young. The pictures are bright and colorful and lots of fun. The repetition of the phrase “Who will the babies be?” helps get the children involved in the story as it progresses.

This book is a good
May 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: edelweiss
This is one of those books that will frequently be read and played with. Covering the numbers 1 - 10 with flip-out pages to show the babies hidden within the eggs, the beautiful illustrations of the animals that hatch out, familiar and not so.

Simple and repetitive phrasing form a simple sing-song like melody that will appeal to young readers / listeners, and as they familiarize themselves with the story, there are easy words to pick out that can provide opportunity for games and interaction.

Feb 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
At first I was slightly worried that this book would be kind of young for my fairly old (I have mostly 4 and 5 year-olds) preschool group, but they actually really loved it. There is something compulsive about guessing games for little kids, and they LOVED shouting out what they thought would be in the eggs. The papercut illustrations are great for large groups, because they are really clear from far away. I think this would be amazing for a toddler story time too. I used it in an egg story time ...more
May 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
A great book for counting/nature/science storytime for preschoolers.

Introduces a lot of info in a very short text -- size of egg, color, environment (in the sand; on a big blue sea; in shimmering jelly, floating on the pond) and name of the young that emerge from the eggs. Some are familiar, like hatchlings and chicks, others are new, like platypus puggles.

Lift the flap quality -- who will the babies be? must lift each time to see. Variety -- for the butterflies and fireflies it lif
Carla Pelayo
Sep 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: counting
Beautifully constructed, this interactive counting book is both entertaining and educational. Readers are delighted to open the flaps of the book, learning not only to count, but to visually interpret what eggs and babies of different animals and reptiles look like. Halfmann's collage illustrations and the texture of the pages convey nature and allow readers to easily count and identify nature's surprises. This book could easily be used in an early elementary classroom to supplement a math and s ...more
Rebecca Smith
Sep 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Halfmann's picture book is nature-based. This picture book is for children who are learning to count. It also teaches children about animals and their babies. This book is a good teaching tool because it has fun and lively pictures which keep children engaged. Also, because of repetition children are more likely to memorize the numbers and the various facts about animals found within the book. The repeated saying "Who will their babies be?" is seen beneath each flap. Younger children will be abl ...more
Jun 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
You might think the 1,2,3 concept book has been "done" and there's no need for more. And you would be wrong. This deceptively simple book is a 1,2,3 concept book, a concept book about the many different creatures that hatch from eggs (including the platypus!), and a concept book about what different animal babies are called. And yet, it's a great read aloud to preschoolers. Soft illustrations--collage style--are a perfect complement. Note the endpapers!
Aug 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
Wonderful illustrations - I particularly enjoyed the colors and textures. I don't love fold out pages, as they don't last long as library books, but they work here.

This would make a GREAT book for sharing one on one or in a small quiet group. Even though the book is relatively short, the language is rich, and it's fun to guess what kind of babies will come out of the eggs. Granted, the first one is pretty easy, but others are harder.
Feb 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
My five-year-old son picked this book out from the library today. A counting book that introduces science in a fun way -- yes, please!

My son could "read" the numbers, and he could repeat the phrase "who will the babies be?" so he felt like he read half of the book. And he kind of did. And it was great.

The artwork is very engaging in that deceptively simple, flat and matte, retro way.

Lynn Plourde
Jul 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This picture book packs so much into its pages. It's a young SCIENCE text as it tells about different animals that lay eggs. It's a RIDDLE book as kids are invited to guess each animal hidden behind the lift-the-flaps. It's a COUNTING book from 1-10 as kids count the eggs in each illustration. It's an ART book with its gorgeous, textured collage illustrations. So cleverly designed. Picture book perfection!
Laura Salas
Feb 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is a terrific storytime nonfiction book. Each spread describes and shows the eggs and asks "Who will the babies be?" (kids will be chiming in after the second spread). Then you open a gatefold that reveals the babies. Wonderful language makes this a delight to read aloud.

Nine eggs, round and black,


safe in shimmering jelly, floating on the pond.

Who will the babies be?

9 frog tadpoles,
breathing with feathery gills
and swis
Jeanne Williams
Each two-page spread show an egg/eggs and asks the question--Who will the babies be? The answer is under the flap. Penguin, platypus, butterflies, robins, etc. The text is simple and informative, uses the correct terminology (e.g., platypus babies are puggles). Visually interesting, but simple illustrations. This is a perfect lap book for practicing counting and learning about baby animals. In a classroom, I would pair this with Ruth Heller's, Chickens Aren't the Only Ones.
It's a counting book, it's a science book, it's a fold-out-the-page-to-reveal-the-answer book, it is perfect for preschool and early elementary classrooms looking for an easy way to pump up the nonfiction during reading time. The last page shows the eggs to scale so kids can see how small a frog egg is compared to an ostrich egg. Eggscellent!
Jun 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
This book gives children a chance to count and learn new animals (also learn the names for some babies). The only issue that I have is with the lettering of the text. The text does not have enough contrast to the pictures and can be difficult to read. The some of the pictures are too abstract and kids might not know what type of animal they are supposed to represent.
This is a great book for reading one on one with young kiddos. I really liked the muted tones and textures in the illustrations. Each page has a picture of an egg (then two, three, etc.) and some information about what might hatch. Then with a lift-the-flap readers can see what babies (and their parents) come from the eggs. A sweet book.
Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance
Dec 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nature
This is one of those books that draws big Ooos's and Ahhh's from the young children in my school. Halfmann recites a number alphabet for eggs, with just enough rhyme to charm but not so much that the rhyming becomes annoying. Thompson created fun lift-the-flap pictures to accompany the number alphabet. A delightfully fun interactive book.
Destiny Dawn Long
A great concept book for teaching counting and different kinds of eggs. Each page features a lyrical, non-rhyming description and image of some type of egg--then children can lift the flap to see what hatches from the eggs.

It's a nice quality book--thick paper pages, beautiful illustrations, great text placement. Certainly a good choice for a classroom or educational home environment.
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Janet Halfmann is a multi-award-winning children’s author who strives to make her books come alive for young readers and listeners. Many of her picture books are about animals and nature. She also writes picture book biographies about little-known people of achievement. Recent titles include Midnight Teacher: Lilly Ann Granderson and Her Secret School; Grandma Is a Slowpoke; Animal Teachers; Eggs ...more