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The Talking Eggs by Robert D. San Souci
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Sep 16, 2011

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Read on September 16, 2011

1990 Caldecott Honor

Another beautiful bunch of watercolor paintings from Jerry Pinkney. This is the story of a good little girl, Blanche, and her abusive and greedy mother and sister Rose. After meeting a strange old woman in the woods and then running away from her awful family, Blanche stays at the woman's house. The woman makes her promise not to laugh at what she sees, and she doesn't. The things include a two-headed cow with corkscrew horns, some multicolored chickens that sing like mockingbirds, the old woman removing her head in order to do her hair, and a bizarre (downright creepy, actually) bunch of rabbits in human clothes that come and dance around the house. In the morning, the cow gives sweet milk and the old woman tells Blanche to take some eggs home, throw them over her shoulder, and she'll get a surprise. She's supposed to pick the ones that say "Take Me" and leave the ones that say "Don't Take Me." She does, even though the "Don't Take Me" ones are covered with jewels whereas the "Take Me" ones are plain. The plain eggs yield treasure when they are thrown over Blanche's shoulder to the ground.

When her family sees the treasure, of course they want it too, so Rose is sent out to the old woman. Of course, Rose does everything she's not supposed to do, including taking the jeweled eggs, which, when broken yield dozens of horrible creatures that chase Rose and the girls' mother deep into the forest. When they come back, Blanche has gone away to the city to lead a wealthy (and good) life and they never see her or the old woman again.

Pretty cool story, but the rabbits were just too creepy for me! And the whole head-removing thing. That was weird too.

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