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Egg Drop by Mini Grey
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Oct 11, 2009

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bookshelves: ccbc-choices, juvenile, picture-books
Read in October, 2009

Quirky, detailed illustrations follow the egg's daydreams of flying to its ultimate demise. The art is a combination of photography, interesting textures, and cartoony drawings. I particularly love that the mother chicken's feathers include a downward-pointing arrow pattern. The story is basically a retelling of Humpty-Dumpty, but told in a zany, wistful voice that wishes the egg had just waited to become a chicken (though chickens can't really do much other than flap their wings a bit, can they?). I can see that some parents might be a bit concerned about giving their child a story with a somewhat "sad" ending, but the tone is so silly and fun—and the egg is ultimately put to good use, even if it never really does fly—that kids will probably enjoy the story.
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