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First the Egg by Laura Vaccaro Seeger
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Nov 06, 2011

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Read 3 times. Last read November 5, 2011 to November 7, 2011.

Title: First the Egg
Genre: Concept

Summary: First the Egg, illustrates the concept of growth by showing the developmental stages of
of chickens from eggs, butterfiles from catapillars, pictures from paint, and stories from words. as the prgress from seeds, words, and paint to paintings.

A.The critique focuses on the illustration and picture elements of this story.

B. The story uses page cut-outs to illustrate how the outline of the shape of an object can be cleverly used to represent the stages in the development of animate and inanimate objects.For example, pg2 show the cut-out of an egg, but when the page is turned the cut-out turns into a yellow chickie and then the final image of a chicken. This pattern of using cut-outs is repeated throughout each example of change in the story. This cut-out pattern is effectively used in conjunction with the text, because the repition of the word pattern "first", "then", "the______" is used to show in pictures three stages in growth, the beginning, the middle, and the end. The unique use of cut-outs is an attractive feature of the story and will grab the interest of children in grasping the concept of the developmental stages of life and products around us.

C.This story can be used in a biology class to show the basic stages of growth of life from seeds or eggs.

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