EGG: Nature’s Perfect Package
Steve Jenkins and Robin Page
Illustrations by Steve Jenkins
Here’s data on anything budding biologists might want to know about eggs, visualized in Jenkins’s exquisite torn- and cut-paper collages. In gorgeous textures and colors, examples include comparison of egg sizes--some are microscopic, while the elephant bird’s is off the page. For safety, eggs are laid in places as varied as the sea, a carnivorous plant, or deep inside an acorn--a beautiful splash tetra fish is shown leaping to attach her eggs to an overhanging leaf. Other elegantly arranged double-page spreads picture data on packaging, transportation (check out strategies of a weedy seadragon and a black-eyed squid), incubation, and exit from the eggs. Finally, kids can follow development inside the egg of a chicken and an alligator, noting the number of days for each hatchling to emerge. From its egg-yolk yellow endpapers to an illustrated fact list of creatures, EGG offers children and adults a look at one artist’s inspired approach to infographics.
2015, Ages 5 up
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Recommended by: Barbara Talcroft
Barbara Talcroft reviews children’s books professionally for childrenslit.com and for Children’s Literature Comprehensive Database. She has a Master’s degree in International Children’s Literature. She also has many years’ experience as a teacher. Barbara is one of the founders of LANTERN and its past chairperson.
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