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

UPDATE TIME: 2019-02-08 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 77 user ratings

"1) Genre: Concept Picture Book
2) Summary: This is a cute childrens book that lightly touches upon the life cycle of a few organisms such as from an egg and a seed to a flower.
3) Critique:
a) The content of the book was the most appealing.
b) It seems like children are constantly wondering about where things come from. Likewise, the content of this book was simple enough for younger children to understand, but information as well. For example, through its illustrations and cut out pages, the transformation of various organisms are explained. So although it consists of actual information, it’s written in a brief simplistic way.
c) In relation to the title of the book, one of interesting explanations was how the egg comes first because the chicken is hatched out of it. With its accompanying illustration, students are able to understand that every organism goes through a life cycle even if it is brief.
D) Curriculum Connection: I couldn’t help but acknowledge the “first, then” relationship. It helps younger children realize the chronological order of events. I like the idea of using this as introduction to perhaps a science lesson. Even younger students can plant a seed in a Styrofoam cup, water it and put it in the sun, and watch it evolve into a flower. This not only relates to the book, but it gives them a hands on opportunity to see the transformation.
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"School Library Journal says: "PreS-Gr 2 —With brief text and vibrant artwork, Seeger describes familiar transformations in nature. The opening spread reads, "First the EGG." Textured backdrops painted in mustard yellow and rusty orange fill the eye and focus attention on a white egg that peeks through an oval-shaped die-cut from the next page. The following spread completes the thought, "then the CHICKEN," revealing a just-hatched chick and a fluffy white hen. Other similarly conveyed cycles include tadpole to frog, seed to flower, and caterpillar to butterfly. Finally, Seeger extends the concept to a broader sphere, with "First the WORD…then the STORY" and "First the PAINT…then the PICTURE," bringing the book full circle with an illustration that incorporates all of the highlighted entities, including the chicken—which then lays an egg. Throughout, the paintings focus closely on the items being described, and vivid color combinations and see-through die-cuts keep the art fresh and inviting. With its even rhythm, clearly expressed concept, and strong visuals, this book would make a great read-aloud for preschoolers; it could also serve as a beginning reader, a simple introduction to developmental biology, an example of logical sequencing, and a launchpad for creative writing.—Joy Fleishhacker"

Caldecott Honor Book and Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor Book Awards
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"Seeger, L. (2007). First the Egg . Roaring Book Press

Concept Book/Geisel & Caldecott Honor Award

Picture Book Project

This concept book follows the riddle many of us have heard since we were little; what comes first? The chicken or the egg? The sequential elements change from chickens and eggs to caterpillars to butterflies to seeds to flowers, etc… It is a great book that provides short snippets of text along with amazing illustrations.

I would love to use this book in my classroom. I think it would be a great way to use an anticipation guide before reading to really see what students know and do not know about various topics. I think it would be interesting to ask students this question and set up a type of debate to discuss each side. I would use this to tie in science lessons about transformations as well as teaching sequencing, an important skill for the students to learn. The illustrations in this book are engaging for readers and use a mixture of mediums to create a sense of texture. The illustrations really do create captivating pictures and ties into the story perfectly. I absolutely love this book. I actually had a professor use this for a lesson in my sophomore year of undergraduate studies, but don’t remember exactly what she used. Looking back, I think that maybe she didn’t use the book to its full potential because if she did, I think I would definitely remember it better.
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"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.

" Could this book be more perfect? No, it could not. " said.

" Seeger is proving herself to be a top name as a picture book author/illustrator. A beautiful, well-crafted book. " said.

" With just a few words, and the use of die cuts, readers get to explore several before and afters like egg and chicken or word and story.Simple but cute and a very easy read. Perfect for beginning readers and those just exploring the relationships of things before and after. " said.

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