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An Egg Is Quietby Dianna Hutts Aston
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Award-winning artist Sylvia Long has teamed with up-and-coming author Dianna Aston to create this gorgeous and informative introduction to eggs. From tiny hummingbird eggs to giant ostrich eggs, oval ladybug eggs to tubular dogfish eggs, gooey frog eggs to fossilized dinosaur eggs, it magnificently captures the incredible variety of eggs and celebrates their beauty and wonder. The evocative text is sure to inspire lively questions and observations. Yet while poetic in voice and elegant in design, the book introduces children to more than 60 types of eggs and an interesting array of egg facts. Even the endpapers brim with information. A tender and fascinating guide that is equally at home being read to a child on a parent's lap as in a classroom reading circle.
"Like the subject matter it describes, this book packages with understated elegance the substantive matter found within it. 'An egg is quiet. It sits there, under its mother's feathers... on top of its father's feet... buried beneath the sand,' Aston (When You Were Born) begins, as spot illustrations zero in on a hummingbird, emperor penguin and sea turtle, respectively. The narrative then launches into a kind of survey about the characteristics of eggs, which follows a simple format. In most spreads, different adjectives (colorful, shapely, textured, etc.) complete the sentence, 'An egg is....' This repetitive rhythm contrasts with the visual variety of the illustrations. Long's (Sylvia Long's Mother Goose) skilled use of contrast and compositional balance prevent monotony. For example, a border that resembles a color test pattern runs down the outer edges of a spread of nearly 40 carefully placed 'colorful' examples, set against a white background, which dazzle the eye. The main text appears in large, flowery cursive, while a smaller printed typeface serves as labels and brief factual captions. 'An egg is clever,' in fancy script, for instance, sits alongside examples of camouflage: 'An egg might be speckled to resemble the rocks around it.' The letters' dramatic curlicues mimic curvy grasses and vines dappled with tiny insect eggs. Long introduces breathtaking color into the final spreads, as a concluding scene 'hatches from' this peacefulness, reminding readers of an egg's purpose. This attractive volume pleases on both an aesthetic and intellectual level. Ages 5-10." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
Why do you pick up a snail shell and think its beautiful? and#12288;Why does that shape occur in nature over and over again and#8212; in rushing rivers, in a flower bud, even inside your ear? Spirals and#8212; bold and beautiful, are simple but exquisite,and#160; familiar but mysterious — are everywhere.and#160;
and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; With simplicity and grace, Krommes and Sidman not only reveal the many spirals in nature — from fiddleheads to elephant tusks, from crashing waves to spiraling galaxies — but also celebrate
the beauty and usefulness of this fascinating shape.
Award-winning artist Long teams with up-and-coming author Aston to create this gorgeous and informative introduction to eggs. From tiny hummingbird eggs to giant ostrich eggs, it magnificently captures the incredible variety of eggs and celebrates their beauty and wonder. Full color.
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