Who's in this egg?

Summary:

A picture of a bird's egg is paired with a descriptive paragraph about the species. Readers are asked to guess what the species (pictured on the next page) is. 


Parent Perspective:
I stopped right away on page one to enjoy the "Did You Know" questions and answers. I actually saw the answers first, since they're on the back of the title page. I liked the Q&A format but feel like the illustrations lack a highly realistic quality to make the species more distinct from one another. The illustration that incorporates other species in a habitat is a nice touch, but those animals are not always easy to spot. I could barely make out the leopard seal.

Most times a glossary in the back is fine, as words are marked in a way that you know they're being defined. Not so in this book. Terms like "clutch" would have been helpful to know up front. Great concept and interesting info, but hard to recommend.


Reader Enjoyment Factors:

Readers who like to work with riddles will have fun trying to identify the bird that goes with the egg that is pictured and the description provided. 

Content Awareness Factors:

The book presumes some fore-knowledge of what some of the eggs look like. Kids could get frustrated by being asked to recognize an egg or listen to a description about a creature they've never been introduced to before.


Type of Book:
This nonfiction picture book introduces us to bird species by the types of eggs that the mother lays.
Educational Themes:

Nine different birds are featured in this nonfiction picture book. In addition to talking about each species, the author "places" the bird in its habitat and includes other species of animals that also live there. There are a glossary and bibliography at the back of the book, as well as fun "Did You Know" questions and answers at the very front (behind the title page.

Reading Level:
5.6
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
11 and Up
Recommended Age To Read Together:
5 to 10
Purchase Recommendation:
Borrow or skip. The approach is interesting, and readers learn a lot about birds, but after answering the questions once or twice they'll be ready to move on.

Title Hatch!
Author Roxie Munro
Publisher Two Lions © 2011
Illustrators Roxie Munro
ISBN 9780761458821
Material Hard Cover
Cost $17.99
Genres Nature, Animal (Nonfiction)
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