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The Golden Egg Book

4.11  ·  Rating details ·  1,109 Ratings  ·  101 Reviews
Once there was a little bunny. He was all alone. One day he found an egg. He could hear something moving inside the egg. What was it?

So begins the Golden Easter classic about a bunny—and a little duck that is about to hatch!
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published January 13th 2004 by Golden Books (first published January 1st 1947)
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Sep 13, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone
Shelves: favorites, childrens
This book, especially its pictures, must be indelibly imprinted upon my unconscious from having had it read to me since infancy. When I saw it again recently, for the first time in X years, my mind regressed into a three-year old's, and I wanted only to sit quietly and stare at the cute lovable sincere innocent playful images for hours. Sober.
Kelly H. (Maybedog)
I don't think this is one of the more widely known books of Brown's but it was the first book I remember in my life, period. The book was physically huge, and although I'm sure my perspective is way off, I know that there is a size much larger than this typical Golden book. Ours was falling apart from having been read so much, held together with yellowing tape.

But it was my favorite book, and I have very fond memories of it. It's a sweet story about a bunny that finds an egg and is curious abou
Mon Maryum
Jan 21, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: under-60-pages
Cute and funny at times. The end didn't match the plot when there wasn't any mention of the rabit's loneliness to begin with.
Nov 20, 2016 rated it liked it
Of course, with Brown and Weisgard, it's not a bad book. And in fact I was thinking four stars until the end, but it kinda just stops, in a manner that I found unsatisfying. I wouldn't be content, as bunny is, to not wonder what happened to the egg. That being said, I love these animal stand-ins for children. The book would be way too saccharine if they didn't kick a bit....
Apr 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
I've been drawn to a lot of old Little Golden Books lately and I'd never heard of this one by Brown (Goodnight Moon author). I love the larger size, the beautiful colors and comforting illustrations. I love thinking and guessing about what's inside the egg. Alistair has picked up on imitating the "pick pick pick" part for hatching noises and I hear him using it in pretend play. Good book for talking about hatching too.
Feb 10, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mini-me
The end of the story is a little saccharine for my tastes, but the illustrations are adorable enough to make up for it.
Wendy Unsworth
My children loved this book. The illustrations are wonderful, beautifully proportioned and colourful. But the story always bothered me a little and on re-reading it to my grandchildren I find I feel just the same. Though young children have few reservations about being naughty themselves they do maintain a strong sense of right and wrong and the duck pushing the bunny with his foot, jumping on him, throwing a little rock at him and rolling him down a hill provoked a barrage of questions from my ...more
Kelsey Wagner
Nov 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
Illustrated by Leonard Weisgard, this is a charming story that is told about a little bunny who finds an egg and a friend when lonely. He hears something inside of the egg and tries to guess what it is. He tries to get what is inside to come out, but cannot. Finally, he gets tired and falls asleep. With a few pecks and a crack, a little yellow duck comes out. The duck tries to wake the bunny up and once he does, they become friends. This book could be used in a classroom to teach about friendshi ...more
Rebecca Boehringer
Nov 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I so enjoyed this book when I was a little girl. I remember the illustrations and how they made me smile. I am looking forward to sharing this book with my grandchildren.
Fredrick Danysh
Jul 09, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: children-ya
This is a delightful children's story about a rabbit, it's friends, and an Easter egg. The book is colorfully illustrated and easy to read.
Mar 19, 2017 rated it liked it
A bunny finds an egg and tries to crack it, then falls asleep exhausted. A duck hatches from the egg, finds the bunny and tries to wake him up. They become friends. Sweet drawings and tale about friends.
Mar 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: je, 2017
I loved the illustrations.
Dec 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
"No one was ever alone again." ❤ ...more
Apr 27, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
An egg could be a sort of a box. Since the spring Easter holiday would be the weekend following the story time on "boxes" this story was included.

I happen to have a tiny plush bunny exactly the size of the bunny illustrations in this book. I have a plastic egg the size of the egg in this book. I have a plush duck that fits in the egg and is the same size and coloring as the duck in the illustrations. While reading the story I held the book in one hand and held the bunny, egg, or duck over the il
Nov 28, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
The Golden Egg Book is a charming story about a little bunny who finds an egg and a friend when he is lonely. He hears something inside egg and tries to guess what it is. He tries to get what’s inside to come out but can’t. Finally he gets tired and falls asleep. Then with a few pecks and a crack, a little yellow duck comes out. The duck tries to wake the bunny up and once he does they become friends and the bunny is no longer lonely.

This book could be used in class to teach about friendship or
Emerson and Theodore
Apr 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Somehow we missed reviewing this gem last Easter. I believe it was an Easter gift at least one Easter ago. He loves this book. It is a unique large edition from the Little Golden Books. This larger size really helps as the binding is much better than the other little goldens and the title of the book is visible on the binding (the regular sized goldens do not have the title which is awkward on the bookshelf).

So the Golden Egg is encountered by a little rabbit. The rabbit has not idea what it is
Sep 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nature, 1940s, curiosity
A small, brown bunny comes across an unidentified egg in the woods. He wonders what could be inside the egg: a little boy, an elephant, another bunny? He can hear sounds coming from the egg and he investigates. The bunny jumps on the egg and rolls it down the hill, but still the egg doesn't hatch. Finally the bunny goes to sleep and when he wakes up he has an unexpected friend...

Children will laugh when the bunny tries to guess what's inside the mystery egg. The Golden Egg Book shows us that cur
Ariel Cummins
Jan 02, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Super-classic story about a bunny who finds an egg. Despite his best efforts, he can't break the egg to find out what's in it. So, he does what any of us would do - he takes a nap! The little duck who hatches out discovers a little rabbit. But despite his best efforts, he cannot wake him up! Until he does, and they are friends forever.

Classic children's illustrations accompany the text in this large format book.

A very cute story, with very old-fashioned illustrations, will appeal to many. Good
May 13, 2009 rated it really liked it
I bought this book, The Golden Egg Book, by Margaret Wise Brown, for my older daughter after having my friend and fellow reader recommend it -- a felicitous purchase. I had no idea what the book was about, but thought the cover looked very Easter-ish. It is a delightful story of a bunny and a new-hatched duck that I hope my older daughter will someday view as a metaphor for the birth of her new baby sister; it is my fervent desire that my two girls will have a deep, abiding, and loving friendshi ...more
Apr 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
Now this is adorable. Written by the author of Goodnight, Moon this is a completely charming tale of a bunny discovering an egg and his wonder about what it contains.

I started reading this to one child but soon all three were paying rapt attention. The illustrations are so like my favorite old Golden Book illustrations that I was quickly won over.

Why isn't this more well-known? Maybe it is and I'm just late to the party. If you haven't read this and you enjoyed Golden books when you were a child
Dec 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Possibly the sweetest book ever. The illustrations of the bunny trying to get some reaction out of the egg crack me up. This book also makes me insanely sleepy. The little warm snuggly bunny, yawning, and curling up in the sun -- "he fell asleep because he was so sleepy." And then Paul wants to hear it over and over and over again. And my voice gets sleepier and sleepier. And somewhere in the back of my head, I can almost hear my mother's voice reading this book. And it's also getting sleepier a ...more
Laura Scheller
Mar 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Date: 3/19

Author: Margaret Wise Brown; Illustrated by Leonard Weisguard

Title: The Golden Egg Book

Plot: A bunny comes upon a egg and tries to figure out what is in it.

Setting: the forest

Characters: Bunny and Duck

Point of View:First person

Theme: Changes within ourselves

Style: Picture book

Copyright: 1947

Your Reaction: Beautiful illustrations, with a simple story that is great for teaching point of view.

Picture book
Apr 20, 2011 rated it it was amazing
OMG. This is really cute!!!!
I found this book at the antique store.
Even though I've never heard of this book before, I fell in love with this at first sight.

The edition that I have is not in this Goodreads site. Wonder why.

Mine is illustrated by Lilian Obligado and published in 1973.
(It says it was first published in 1947.)
I can't upload the picture, but it's really cute and heart-warming book.
Gorgeous illustrations! Five-star worthy! However, the story is rather odd--I'm not sure I was an especial fan of all the kicking and throwing rocks at the egg to try to get whatever was in it to come out :-/ And, the ending sounded like something I would have written when I was five. Sometimes I enjoy Margaret Wise Brown's work, sometimes I just don't get it and this was one of the latter. Still, well worth the read for Leonard Weisgard's illustrations!
T Crockett
Apr 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
I love how tactile the action of the book is. The little bunny rolls the eggs, listens to the egg, even kicks the egg. It reminded me of some exercises I'd done recently in a mindfulness class.

The illustrations are adorable. I read the book with a preschooler who thoroughly enjoyed it. As we read we acted out with our hands and bodies all that the bunny did. I'm not sure she understood the end, but I bet she will next year.
Jun 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s-books
Of course I read this to my daughter when she was little. I'd forgotten. Since reading Goodnight June by Sarah Jio it's made me want to reread anything and everything by Margaret Wise Brown.
Huh, I didn't even know this was Margaret Wise Brown until I looked it up. I guess that is why the librarian had Good Night Moon pulled out, too.

This was read at story time for Easter. It is a prefect non-religious Easter story. It has a bunny, an egg, and eventually a duck. The illustrations are cute. The actions of the baby animals are a bit naughty, but forgivable because they are babies and animals. Super sweet ending.
Margaret Chind
May 16, 2012 rated it liked it
Recommended to Margaret by: Memoria Press Junior Kindergarten
Cute. This is very attractive with plenty to look at on the pages. My copy is a BIG Little Golden Book, but I think it might be in one of the treasuries also. The egg silhouette on the page is a neat idea and conversation starter for the environment around one.

Good for friendship. Good for the lonely child. Good for spring and decent for an Easter basket of books.

It's a vintage classic from my parents era.
Mikal O'Boyle
Mar 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
I can't find much wrong with Golden Books. The stories are classic, the illustrations are classic, and kids love them. This particular book, The Golden Egg Book, is very heartwarming. Even though the duck's response at the end is a bit short, the story nevertheless is innocent and sweet. Friendship, especially two animals/friends that are different from one another, is a timeless theme.
Mar 22, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Once there was a little bunny...who found an egg. This story is about what this impatient little bunny does to encourage whatever is inside the egg to come out. After waiting so long that he falls asleep, the egg finally breaks and its recent inhabitant does similar things to wake the sleepy bunny. Truly adorable.
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Margaret Wise Brown wrote hundreds of books and stories during her life, but she is best known for Goodnight Moon and The Runaway Bunny. Even though she died nearly 60 years ago, her books still sell very well.

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