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The Egg Tree

3.57  ·  Rating details ·  1,468 ratings  ·  160 reviews
One Easter morning, Katy and Carl went on an Easter egg hunt through Grandmom's house. Katy couldn't find anything until she went up to the attic. And there she discovered a very special set of eggs...

Grandmom had painted them when she was a little girl. And now, she hung them from the branches of a tiny tree -an egg tree! So began a very special Easter tradition.
Paperback, 32 pages
Published February 28th 1992 by Aladdin (first published 1950)
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There are 3 colors for the illustrations and they are like pastels. It is not a bright book with sharp colors. The art was a let down here. The story was fine. A family goes on an Easter Egg hunt and one girl finds some fancy painted eggs the grandmother had forgotten about. They take the fancy eggs and make an Egg Tree.

It turns into 'Field of Dreams' with the whole, 'you build it and they will come' thing. We made an egg tree once when I was a kid. I don't think it's as exciting as a Christmas
Mar 19, 2010 rated it really liked it

A pleasant story, and a nice change from today's busy and bright Easter fare, but it didn't especially stay with me. The illustrations, while pleasant, really are more of a nod to the Pennsylvania Dutch folk art rather than an accurate representation of it. It seemed too pastel, watercolor-y to me. And I wanted more information about the meaning of each of the designs. I think it is called "Hex Art"? You can find some gorgeous examples online.
Maria Rowe
Dec 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
• 1951 Caldecott Winner •

I’ve seen this in the library so many times, but I’ve never picked it because I really didn’t like the colors on the cover and the rooster looks like it’s choking on the horn. So I finally read it for my Caldecott challenge. This is beautifully written - a great story for Easter. The art and colors are still not to my taste and look rather dated. But the story held my interest.

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Milhous tells a story of a long ago Easter, when the children spend time at their grandparents’ Pennsylvania farm. Along with their cousins Katy and Carl hunt for Easter eggs, but Katy isn’t having much luck, until she heads for the attic and finds a treasure trove of beautifully decorated eggs in a hatbox.

This was a delightful story that tells of a long-time family tradition. I like how the children become interested and then eager to participate in this tradition that had fallen by the waysid
Shoaa Aljohani
Sep 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
The Egg Tree story is educational,and purposeful.This story is realistic the story portrays and simple life.The cover illustration is related to the type of story,but not it is content.The author used narrative and dialogue,and his/her is simple.The book itself is quality the story's message is directed toward children in terms that they can easily grasp and apply.It discusses competition,encouragement,and polience.The author shows us a small family,which has a grandmom,brother and sister.The ch ...more
Katie Fitzgerald
My mother had an Easter tree when I was a kid, and this book brought back memories of watching her hollow out eggs so I could take them to school and decorate them, then bring them back home to hang on the tree. The dialogue in this book, and the behavior of the kids, seemed very contemporary, despite the book's age, and I think only the style of dress in the illustrations gives away that the setting is actually Pennsylvania Dutch Country. I was kind of disappointed by how dull the colors are in ...more
Apr 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
This is a lovely story of a Pennsylvania Dutch family. The children are waiting for the Easter bunny to come, then hunting for eggs. Katy is sad because she can not find any of the eggs...until she goes to the attic and discovers eggs her granmom painted years before. The cousins all paint eggs and create an egg tree...a beautiful egg tree that the community wants to see. This would be a great read aloud to tie into an art project of painting wooden eggs. It would be fun to decorate an egg tree ...more
A beautiful Easter book. I was fortunate to grow up with it, but wasn't sure how my grandsons would take it. They loved it! The pictures are so amazing, the three year old has spent days pouring over them. I wish I could put this book in the hands of everyone, regardless of age. It's truly a work of art and glorious salute to spring. :)
Feb 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
Caldecott Winner 1951

I think I really liked it because I remember hunting for Easter eggs with my cousins on a farm. It brings back memories. I have also decorated an egg tree with my own children so I find the book sweet. For today's children, this may only rate a 3, but I am glad that I was taken back down memory lane.
Richard (Rick)
Mar 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picturebooks
I probably enjoyed this story more than most, but the pictures were fun and the story was touching for me, as it was about a grandmother who teaches her grandkids to paint eggs. It doesn't mention the Pysanky tradition, but it reminded me of my mother, who was a beautiful pysanky egg artist
Jan 23, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2010, caldecott
I'm spoiled and don't usually care for the two-or-three-colored picture books of the 1950s, but this book, full of folk art, was great.
Mar 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s-books
I had not come across this book before. The illustrations were not as brightly colored as today's children's books yet it still had the charm of the Easter bunny.
Jennifer (JenIsNotaBookSnob)
This book would never get published by a modern publishing house, at least, not without serious editing and formatting changes.

It is really a lot of fun to look at these old Caldecott's and compare them to modern picture books. Every once in awhile I see some comment to the tune of books not being as good as they were in the 'good old days'. I beg to differ!

The illustrations are nice, but dated. The story though is a bit of a train wreck. It's just so wordy! The formatting is strange for a pic
Becky B
Six grandchildren are participating in an Easter Egg Hunt, two for the very first time. One of the girls despairs that she isn't very good at this egg hunt, but then she finds six marvelous eggs in the attic. The eggs in the attic aren't hard-boiled like the others, these are empty shells that Grandmom painted long ago. The children beg Grandmom to let them make painted eggs too, so they do and use them to decorate a little tree. The next year they start earlier with their painted eggs and decor ...more
Mili Fay
Jul 10, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-books
Rating: 2 stars

I try not to be harsh when it comes to my reviews, because each book is someone's baby and I'm sensitive to the fact that each one is precious. However, as a writer and an illustrator reading this book, I feel as if I'm missing something. Why was this book a winner?

It is a very ordinary story about kids who search for eggs during Easter, one of them discovers old eggs in the attic, and their grandmother shows them how to make The Egg Tree. The word spreads and next year even peopl
Katie Buckley
Feb 15, 2017 rated it liked it
I. The Egg Tree by Katherine Milhous tells the story of Katy and Carl who are staying with their grandmother over Easter along with their little cousins. Katy and Carl wake up excited to see the eggs the Easter bunny hid. After, doing a bit of egg hunting Katy gets discouraged because she isn’t able to find any eggs like the rest of her cousins. She ventures up to the attic where she finds some beautiful painted eggs hidden in a hat box. Her grandmother explains to her that she painted the eggs ...more
Apr 02, 2010 rated it it was ok
I have a lot of regard for the traditions of the Pennsylvania Dutch, having ties to them on both sides of my family. This book does a fantastic job of evoking the simpleness of Pennsylvania Dutch life, and introducing the concept of the egg tree to many younger readers who have probably never even heard of it. That group would include me, as I was completely unfamiliar with the idea before I read The Egg Tree.

Katy and Carl, a brother and sister visiting their Grandmom's house for Easter, embark
Although this 1950 Caldecott Medal Winner contains a great deal of text that might make it unsuitable for a readaloud, it still is perfect for sharing with youngsters in small bits--or even having them read it on their own. Carl and Katy are spending Easter with their grandmother and going on their very first Easter egg hunt. Katy is unsuccessful in finding any of the eggs hidden all over the farm and intimidated by the success of her more-experienced cousins. But she ends up finding the real tr ...more
Katelyn Scharmer
Feb 03, 2016 rated it liked it
This book is about 6 children on Easter. Two of the children have never been to their grandma's house for the easter egg hunt before so they're up before everyone else waiting to see the rabbit. Carl and Katy are the only two up and Carl whistles in order for the Easter bunny to come and eventually it does so they go and wake up the rest of the kids to start the easter egg hunt. Carl and Katy are starting off having trouble finding eggs like the other kids but eventually Carl starts to find some ...more
The Egg Tree is an Easter Egg hunt book. I didn't realize that, because I didn't know that there was a tradition of hanging the eggs on a tree - a good one too, one that I hope my son doesn't remember come Easter. So, this is that book. Two kids at their grandparents participate in their first egg hunt, and while all the other kids get the regular eggs, Kathy doesn't. But she does find some beautiful painted eggs in the dusty attic, which her grandmother once painted and forgot about. She brings ...more
Dec 07, 2015 rated it liked it
Little kids are on a hunt for Easter eggs in the beginning and Katy comes across some colorful eggs in the attic, which her grandmother tells her not to eat because she made them when she was a little girl herself. The children wish to know how to dye Easter eggs just like their grandmother so they can hang them on the egg tree. They end up dying more and more eggs so they can make the egg tree even bigger and the following year the egg tree is so big that tons of people show up to see it. There ...more
Heather McMaster
This book is a fictional children's picture book (Milhous, 1950). It has a format that mixes pictures with textual information that is accurate on each page. The reading level would be for those in mid or lower elementary school, given the fictional content and difficulty of writing. The themes of this book are tradition and family. The pictures within The Egg Tree (Milhous, 1950) seem to reflect a style crossed between pastel work, and watercolors. Bright primary colors are used within these pa ...more
Alexis Espinosa
The Egg Tree is about Easter and finding eggs on this special holiday. The main character Katy finds beautiful eggs that her grandmother had decorated years before. They decorate eggs as a family and make an Easter egg tree. The reading level for this book is grades 3-5.

Comments/observations: This books genre's include realistic fiction and multicultural and the reading level is grades 1-4. It demonstrates cultural writing because it is based on a family tradition and a classic Pennsylvania Dut
DeKota Smith
Sep 10, 2015 rated it liked it
Summary: It is Easter time and the children are getting excited for the big Easter egg hunt! So excited that Katy woke up to the third rooster crowed. Then all her cousins get up and then the hunt begins for Easter eggs. It was then Katy started to feel “stupid” and down as she was the only one who was able to find any eggs at all. So she then goes into the attic in hoping of finding some eggs there that may have been hidden. She then finds 6 brightly colored eggs in an old hat box. It was later ...more
Angela Galvin
Mar 21, 2015 rated it it was ok
The Egg Tree by Katherine Milhous is story of two little children Katy and Carl who spend Easter with their grandmother on a farm in Pennsylvania. For the first time, the children meet family whom they have never met. The two children participate in their first Easter egg hunt. The children found eggs in the magnolia tree, the clock case, butter churn and even in the cookie cutters. Katy went on to search in the attic where she discovers more eggs. Both children one prizes for their eggs. The de ...more
Again, I had never heard of this book until reading it for my Caldecott Challenge, as this book won the 1951 Caldecott Award. Frankly I liked "Dick Whittington and His Cat" better than this one, but it is an interesting story. A group of Amish grandchildren are hunting for Easter eggs, and two of the kids doing it for the first time. One of the girls named Katy discovers a special group of six eggs, which have been hollowed out and beautifully painted. Katy wins the prize for the prettiest eggs ...more
Katie Levin
The Egg Tree
By : Katherine Milhous

This traditional story is of a Pennsylvania Dutch family on Easter day. A young girl, claiming to be bad at finding Easter eggs, ends up finding 6 of her grandmother’s wooden painted eggs that she had painted long ago. This brings all the kinds together and painting and eventually hangs the eggs on a tree for the whole community to see. It is a very heart warming story that goes back to the traditions of the grandmother. The illustrations are realistically draw
Dec 01, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: holiday
The Egg Tree is about a grandmothers grandchildren coming to go Easter egg hunting on Easter morning. While searching one of the granddaughters find the grandma’s hand painted eggs she made when she was a child and is in love with them. She shows the grandma what she has found and begs her to teach all the grandchildren how to paint eggs. The grandma does so and eventually by the next Easter all the children in the village are coming to watch and make eggs that are hung on a tree called the Egg ...more
1951 Caldecott Medal Winner

Some nice watercolor pictures, but not extraordinary. This is another one that alternates between illustrations in a few colors and illustrations in four or more--in this case, pink, black and gray tones alternate with pictures that include those, plus yellow, green and brown.

A pretty mundane story about some children finding Easter eggs. Little Katy is happy that the Easter bunny blessed(?) her with the ability to find some too--in this case, some eggs her Grandma had
Gabbie Capote
Dec 06, 2016 rated it it was ok
When I first looked at the pictures I felt that this book would be a holiday book, I was sort of leaning towards Christmas because of the tree. When I began to read it I soon read that the story was about Easter and the hunting of eggs and dying them and the grandma decorating the tree with eggs, while the children got excited over seeing such a thing for the first time. This seems to be the start of a new tradition. The colors consist of blues and oranges and yellow and green. Not very many col ...more
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