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Hank Finds an Egg

4.23  ·  Rating details ·  1,429 ratings  ·  304 reviews
Delight young children with this endearing and uniquely illustrated wordless picture book!

While walking through the forest, Hank finds an egg on the forest floor. After spotting its nest high up in a tree, he uses his ingenuity to help get the egg home safe and sound, and is joyfully rewarded with newfound friends. Hank's endearing and genuine kindness will inspire reader
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published June 1st 2013 by Peter Pauper Press (first published 2013)
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While I do appreciate the sequence of events (the wordless storyline) of Rebecca Dudley’s Hank Finds an Egg, and very much like its simplicity (that there is not an overabundance of minute detail), the presented photographic illustrations are really not all that much to my taste. For Hank just seems too much like a photographed stuffed animal (and kind of a creepy one at that, or at least, he feels a bit creepy to me, personally). And in my opinion, it is also rather unbelievable that the depict ...more
May 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Hank is strolling along the forest floor when he comes upon a little white egg. He’s very curious and begins searching for where the egg came from. After finding that the egg’s home is high in a tree, he must get creative to return the egg to it’s nest. Will Hank succeed?

I was thoroughly impressed with the illustrations. Each page is a diorama of handmade creations. Rebecca Dudley creates every single item with pr
Feb 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Photography in children’s literature holds a real fascination for me. No work of pure photography has ever won a Caldecott Award or Honor and, when it comes right down to it, there are only two ways to even make a picture book for children with photos. Either you set up animals or people in tableaus and write stories/poems around them (Photoshop has aided in this process, though not significantly improved upon it) or you use models. If you go the model route you then have to be artistically tale ...more
Jan 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
With beautiful photographs of staged critters, there are no need for words in this tale. The story is laid out with very precise positioning of the figures and the photography is wonderful. We really enjoyed reading this book together, with our girls narrating the story to me.

This book was selected as one of the books for the February 2014 - Kindness discussion at the Picture-Book Club in the Children's Books Group here at Goodreads.
Feb 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I am not the intended audience for this this book but it's been a really useful tool for linguistic elicitation for myself and other linguist colleagues doing language documentation. Adults and children love the cute pictures and story, and the natural setting is relatable for speakers from many different parts of the world. It can be used to elicit a range of interesting constructions and different types of action, like associated motion, negation, serial verb constructions, etc. I recommend it ...more
Jun 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Beautiful wordless book.
Feb 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
This debut picture book started life as a self-published work. As such, it was the cream of the crop, because it is also one of the best wordless picture books of the year, bar none. Hank is a little bear, or some sort of bear-like creature, who happens upon an egg on the ground in the forest. Looking around, he locates the nest that it must have fallen from, but even though he tries several different ways, is unable to reach the nest to return the egg to safety. Night falls and Hank keeps the e ...more
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Short and sweet: A wordless picture book that will melt your heart. A favorite of everyone in our home.
May 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Another book that crossed my path at the library and was just too adorable to not read. Wonderful.
Artistically clever wordless story about a woodland animal who find an egg.
Ken Yuen
Oct 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
So cute! Was that a hummingbird? Do they have eggs!
Feb 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What a cute book. This is a wordless book, and I found that the story could be told several different ways. The illustrations are cute. It looks mostly like photographs with some editing, but I am not an art expert.
Oct 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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Jan 27, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: library
3.0 - As a wordless book, this one's narrative-in-pictures is a bit plain to merit repeated re-read. Each photo could easily be summarized as "Hank steps on the log" or "Hank hugs the egg close." It's hard to stretch this into a read that takes more than two or three minutes.

The key here: photos! Each shot features a carefully and deliberately composed forest world with the hand-crafted stuffed Hank. The little "monkey dog bear" (as we call him) is able to convey a curious amount of emotion for
Jul 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens, 3y, 2y
Wow, this wordless book is so visually interesting I think a lot of adults would find it very appealing (and as I read the other reviews I see that is indeed the case!)

Dudley crafts all the elements you see in the story by hand, and then uses staging and beautiful photography to let the story unfold. I brought it home for our 2.5 year old because he’s such a fan of Chalk (another wordless story) and again this was a big hit. Usually our son takes a read or two to really warm up to a new book, b
Jan 20, 2013 rated it liked it
Little stuffed animal Hank comes across an egg on the forest floor as he is walking through Storywoods Forest. He tries everything he can think of to get the egg back in its nest, even rolling a stump close to the tree and fashioning a ladder out of twigs. When he is unsuccessful, he builds a fire and nestles with the egg to keep it warm. The next day, he gets help from a new flying friend, and the egg reaches its home, thanks to the two of them. I like the book's themes and Hank's kindness as w ...more
Megan (ReadingRover)
This book is beautiful! The wordless story is so simple yet expressed so elegantly. Hank finds an egg and does everything he can to get it back to its nest. The author not only photographed the scenes for the illustrations but she also created everything in them. The details in each tree and leaf are unbelievable. The amount of creativity that went into producing this book is phenomenal. I love it! It's a really heartwarming story. ...more
Aug 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: wordless
Hank finds an egg while walking in the forest and he works diligently to return it to its nest. A wordless book whose story is told through photographs that will remind you of stop animation. Very sweet and a great one to share when talking about kindness and doing the right thing especially when no one is looking.
Mar 11, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: march
I love how this book is set up almost in a stop motion style. I like how Hank does a good deed and saves and cares for an egg that he found in the forest. You could teach children the importance of stewardship and helping others in need. We are still uncertain if Hank is a bear or a monkey but he is cute nonetheless
Jul 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
That's the cutest, sweetest thing I've seen in a long time! Hank is the cutest little creature and I want one! I loved that this was a wordless book. I don't work with children, but the possibilities are endless with this book. ...more
Feb 04, 2014 rated it liked it
Adorable wordless story of a little bear trying to return an egg to its nest.
Apr 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
incredibly cute art featuring one of William's favorites, eggs hatching. ...more
Macy Crump
Feb 04, 2020 rated it liked it
This wordless picture book tells an endearing and important story of a young teddy bears journey to return a lonesome egg back to its' mother before it hatches. The illustrations in this picture book are interesting because they are more life-like pictures with a realistic teddy bear traveling through them. I think the illustrations are well done and creative, but because the book is wordless they have to be entertaining on their own, and I personally don't think we get that from these illustrat ...more
Nov 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens-lit
One of the cutest children's books I have ever seen, this wordless picture book tells the story of a small bear named Hank who discovers an egg on the forest floor that has fallen out of it's nest. Hank tries many ways to get the egg back home but has to eventually set up a small camp for the night. Hank's devotion to preserving this small egg is very heartwarming as are gentle actions trying to help this egg get back home. The ending of the story is very rewarding as the baby egg that hatches r ...more
This is a simple but stunning wordless picture book about a monkey who finds an egg in the forest, and tries to return it to its nest. Illustrated with photographs of gorgeous cloth characters, this book is a visual feast, and of course, allows children to tell the story of Hank and the egg in their own words.
Jan 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
No words and beautiful art. I enjoyed this with my nearly three-year-old son. We'll read it a few more times before returning it to the library. These types of books are highly enjoyable because I can ask questions about the scenes as we turn pages and we figure out what's going on together. After a few readings, he's telling the story with very little input from me. ...more
Micaela Varela
Sep 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was literally the cutest book ever. (Sorry professor.) I loved the way the illustrations are done. I don't know if I've ever seen anything like it in a storybook. It kinda reminded me of Wallace and Gromit with the dioramas. There's no words but you can tell that Hank is a very kind little bear all from his actions which the author portrayed so well. ...more
Oct 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Story? Amazing!
Illustration? Beautiful and refreshing!
I just need to talk about the illustration of this book! It is all full bleed and done with the use of photography. The whole story is Hank finding the egg and taking care of it and for some reason I just love it. It's set in the forest and it teaches a lesson of caring for others even if you don't know them.
Jun 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
In this wonderful wordless picture book, photos show a young bear finding an egg on the ground as he hikes through the forest. He tries unsuccessfully to return the egg to the nest with a ladder, but it comes up short. He keeps the egg warm through the night and when mama bird finds him in the morning he makes a little nest to hold the egg and ties it in place with a ribbon. Clutching the ribbon in her beak, mama is able to carry it home. The eggs quickly hatch and three little humingbirds make ...more
Nov 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This wordless picture book uses photography of some very cool art. A sweet story and beautiful creations/photographs make this a great book for a child to read alone. Not something I will use for storytime.
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Rebecca Dudley is a builder, creator, photographer, and artist. She makes everything that appears in her illustrations--the trees, leaves, ponds, skies, and the creatures themselves. She has a small architectural practice, and lives in Evanston, Illinois with her husband John, dog Josephine, and her many magical Storywoods characters. Hanks Finds an Egg is her debut children's picture book. ...more

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