Monday, November 23, 2015

An Egg is Quiet By Dianna Aston

When I was a little girl birds, eggs, and nests of all types fascinated me. I would make nests out of dead grass, climb trees to place them for a bird to use, and sometimes fall out of trees. I thought eggs with their fragile beauty were wonders.

I stumbled on An Egg Is Quiet by Dianna Aston a couple of weeks ago. It was published in 2006. Sylvia Long is the amazing illustrator of this beautiful storybook that shows eggs from insects, birds, frogs, and fish. The illustrations are frame worthy. I would have poured over this book as a child and tried to absorb every detail and then taken it into the world to try to find the same things in nature.

From the cover art to that inside the pages, just look at the pictures, aren't they lovely?

"An egg is quiet. It sits there under it's mother's feathers . . . on top of it's father's feet . . . buried beneath the sand. Warm. Cozy.

My only complaint with this book is that the font of the story is in cursive, which isn't taught until third grade - if it is taught at all. Many of the children who would adore this book will be unable to read it. That means we will have to share it with our children, but hey, we can make that sacrifice, right?

Read to a child today even if that child is you. Find a book that speaks to your inner child. This one speaks to mine.

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