The Resource Egg, Kevin Henkes

Egg, Kevin Henkes

Label
Egg
Title
Egg
Statement of responsibility
Kevin Henkes
Creator
Author
Illustrator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Three little birds crack their way out of eggs and fly away, leaving one egg sitting all alone until the three chicks come back and discover a friendly baby alligator has finally hatched
Tone
Award
School Library Journal Best Books, 2017
Review
  • Preschool-Kindergarten With characteristic understatement, Henkes explores tenderness, acceptance, and love in this deceptively simple story. The cover depicts three birds gathered around a green egg, expressions of devotion on their faces. The first illustration shows four eggs, pastel-colored to match the birds on the front, looking as sweet as a handful of Jordan almonds. Three of the eggs soon hatch, the birds pop out, and then they leave to test their wings. The birds return, concerned about the green egg, and then help to peck it open. They are surprised and frightened when an alligator emerges! When the birds depart, the alligator is lonely, but the birds eventually overcome their fear and return. Rendered in brown ink and a soft, limited palette of watercolors, Henkes’ illustrations provide depth and a meaningful sense of the passage of time, thanks to clever page layouts and visual hints. In the end, a new color is introduced, perhaps signaling another potential friend on the horizon. The open-ended conclusion invites readers to continue the story themselves. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Henkes’ many fans will be eagerly waiting for this one, so stock up. -- Whitehurst, Lucinda (Reviewed 10/1/2016) (Booklist, vol 113, number 3, p78)
  • /* Starred Review */ PreS-Gr 1—Four eggs: pink, yellow, blue, and green. Three eggs crack: pink; yellow, blue, but not green. Three surprises: a pink chick, a yellow chick, and a blue chick hatch. Three fly away: pink, yellow, blue chicks; green egg stays put, waiting and waiting and waiting. Three friends return to listen to the green egg. They peck (and peck peck peck and peck some more) until the crack reveals a surprise: a green crocodile. Frightened fledglings fly away, leaving the small green reptile "alone," "sad," "lonely," and "miserable." That is, until the birds return and they all become "friends," and together the four go off into the sun to start a new egg-venture. Geometric patterns repeat, multiply, retreat, reappear. Each cream-colored page is framed with a brown border. Thinner lines sometimes create smaller frames within the larger ones, suggesting the passage of time, movement, and changing emotions. In the final sequence, the sun toward which the birds and croc are heading morphs into another egg: "The end…
maybe." Fans of Henkes will delight in his use of line, simple forms, and a gentle palette, all of which clearly portray feelings, depict action, and suggest character. The concise text and straightforward illustrations, however, belie a more complicated tale. Is it simply a story of waiting—perhaps one of friendship? Or does it suggest the cyclical nature of young choosing their actions and flying out into the world? VERDICT This is a book that readers will want to pore over and talk about and read again and again.—Maria B. Salvadore, formerly at District of Columbia Public Library --Maria B. Salvadore (Reviewed 12/01/2016) (School Library Journal, vol 62, issue 12, p95)
  • /* Starred Review */ Four eggs: pink, yellow, blue, and green. Three hatch, and out come pink, yellow, and blue chicks who promptly depart. Why isn’t the green egg hatching? The birds return, and after some persistent pecking, an alligator pops out. It isn’t what the birds were expecting, but a friendship quickly blossoms. Henkes’s (Waiting) gentle story isn’t just about appreciating difference—it’s also about the craft of storytelling. Throughout, he divides the action into square panels that offer a visceral sense of how an author wields mood, rhythm, and pacing, as well as sets up a joke: in the opening pages, four-panel sequences showcase each individual, unhatched egg (“egg/ egg/ egg/ egg”), leading to surprises and smiles when things start to happen (“crack/ crack/ crack/ egg”). Thickly outlined in brown, Henkes’s animals exude sweetness and innocence, and a quietly surreal ending, which sees the setting sun morph into an egg and then an orange bird, subtly emphasizes the anything-is-possible potential of storytelling. In many ways, it’s a story with a writer’s workshop folded into it—and it offers terrific encouragement for readers to embark on their own narrative experiments. Ages 4–8. (Jan.)
			 --Staff (Reviewed 10/24/2016) (Publishers Weekly, vol 263, issue 43, p)
  • /* Starred Review */ In Henkes’ latest book, the illustrator returns to one of his favorite recent themes—waiting. Four eggs. Three crack and then hatch, and the chicks wait for the fourth, sometimes helping with a “peck-peck-peck.” When it does hatch, what a surprise! The chicks are so surprised they scatter and leave the new, crocodilian addition to their flock alone to become sad, lonely, and miserable. But in an act of burgeoning friendship, they return, line up on its back, and float off to enjoy the water and sun. As in Henkes’ Caldecott- and Geisel Honor–winning Waiting (2015), the theme is waiting, beautifully rendered in brown ink and watercolor paint. In Waiting, he used white space to great effect to give the figurines space as their attention was directed outward, to the moon, the stars, the wind. Here, pages are framed, and some are divided into four or 16 squares, which then open to full-page spreads depicting surprise, wonder, and newfound companionship. The frames and boxes complement the idea of containment in eggs, especially of the something enclosed in that fourth egg. When the four friends float off into the sunset, the sun itself morphs into an egg shape, with a hint of a new surprise in their lives. Another stunner from Henkes, who is able to evoke so much with few words and such seemingly simple illustrations. Gorgeous and thought-provoking. (Picture book. 4-8)(Kirkus Reviews, October 1, 2016)
Awards note
  • A Junior Library Guild selection, April 2017.
  • School Library Journal's Best Books, 2017.
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10543581
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Henkes, Kevin
Dewey number
[E]
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
Intended audience
Preschool
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • -1
  • 1
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Eggs
  • Animals
  • Friendship
  • Eggs
  • Birth
  • Animals
  • Friendship
  • JUVENILE FICTION
  • JUVENILE FICTION
  • Eggs
  • Animal babies
  • Friendship
  • Animals
  • Eggs
  • Friendship
Target audience
primary
Label
Egg, Kevin Henkes
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Control code
1693529
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
1 volume (unpaged)
Isbn
9780062408723
Lccn
2016005267
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
color illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780062408723
  • (OCoLC)946906875
Label
Egg, Kevin Henkes
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Control code
1693529
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
1 volume (unpaged)
Isbn
9780062408723
Lccn
2016005267
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
color illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780062408723
  • (OCoLC)946906875

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