First the Egg (Caldecott Honor Book and Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor Book (Awards)) Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2018-11-02 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 77 user ratings

" • 2008 Caldecott Honor Book •I like the concept of this: "First the egg then the chicken, first the tadpole then the frog" etc. I just don't love the art. And I really didn't care for the typography. Black type on a dark background is hard to read, and the kerning was bad. Typography is so important! I think that kids will probably enjoy trying to fill in the blank when reading this aloud ("First the egg then the...") and the cutouts. " said.

Number of Pages-28
Book Format- Hard cover
Reading Level- Age level: Pre-k-2nd grade; GR level: E
Genre- Non fiction
Lit Requirement- Engineered book 2

Summary- This book gives a glimpse into many cycles of life, starting with animals, moving onto plants, then words, then painting, then back to animals.

Response- I think it would be easy for children to get confused as to what they are reading about in this book initially. I would like to think they would enjoy the fact that each page has a hole in it that reveals a piece of what is on the next page. It is a good book for predicting, too.
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"This is a great book for beginning readers and would also be great to read to children. This book would be great for young children who are beginning to develop and understanding of the world around them. The book does a great job of showing that thing develop and change over time. Not only do we see an egg, but we also see a seed that becomes a flower, a caterpillar that becomes a butterfly, a word that becomes a story, and more. I give this book a 4/5 simply because I did not love the illustrations. While they were colorful and well done, I did not think that they really added much to the book. Overall, I would still read this to my students and think it is worth a second look." said.

"This book shows how one thing transforms into another. For example, going from an egg to a chicken or a caterpillar to a butterfly. This book would be very good for students that can’t read or that are just beginning to read because there are minimal words and they can understand the book by looking at the pictures. It is written very simply and has the same form throughout the book. The book is filled with a large variety of colors. The illustrations make the book very easy to read. There are fun little holes cut into the pages to help create the illustrations. The book shows the way that one thing turns into another. These cut outs are bound to draw kids in and make them curious about what is on the page that follows. The pictures look as though they have been painted in the book. The pictures show exactly what the words say. The last page brings everything from the story into on picture for a very nice end to the book.The theme of this book is transformation. However, it doesn’t go into a ton of detail on it. It mostly just shows the basic progression of the way things change from one thing to another. I thought Laura Seeger did a great job with this book. It would be a good book to share with students that are just beginning to read because the pictures mirror the text. The illustrations are nice and colorful and the pages with cut outs are creatively designed to create two separate illustrations. Each transformation presented in the book is given a beginning, middle, and end which is very helpful for showing the reader how the progression of change takes place. While I thought the author and illustrator did a good job with this book but it lacks a real plot or theme which makes it seem a little dull to me which is why I gave it a 3 star rating." said.

" 4.5 out of 5I couldn't stop reading this book over and over... Simple, beautiful and so clever! " said.

" I really thought the way this book was done was ingenious. It's a cut-out book with various cut-outs meaning one thing on one side of the page, and then after turning the page, the cut-out is something else. A lot of thought went into the creation of this book, and I think it would help small children with understanding shapes and the way things progress from one stage to another (ex. from an egg to a chicken, from a caterpillar to a butterfly, etc.). " said.

" summary: First the egg then the chicken. Then the book continues with seeds, tadpoles, and caterpillars.Curriculum Connection: First...then..., sequence of events, connectionsAudience: pre-k-2Personal Reaction: I loved the simplicity of the book. The cutouts make it fun and make you want to read it again.Visual Appeal: The use of all primary colors with visible brush strokes will appeal to young children. " said.

"First the Egg is a 2008 Caldecott Honor book written for children ages 4 to 6. It is nearly a wordless picture book that is about transformations: "first the egg, then the chicken; first the tadpole, then the frog...first the word, then the story". The illustrations in this book are colorful, yet simple, child-like paintings in hues that capture the environment of the subject. The author puts an interesting twist at the end of the book to reinforce the concept of the the circle of life--the book starts with "first the egg" and ends with "first the chicken". This book will capture the imaginations of our young students and can be used in as a teaching tool to discuss other ideas that follow the concept of first...then." said.

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