An Egg Is Quiet

by Dianna Hutts Aston

Other authorsSylvia Long (Illustrator)
Hardcover, 2006



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E Ast




Chronicle Books (2006), Edition: Later printing


Introduces readers to more than 60 types of eggs and an array of egg facts.


Original language


Original publication date


User reviews

LibraryThing member sckimmel
Eggs are quiet, until they hatch. Dainty watercolor illustrations depict their other characteristics and variety in size, colors, shapes, designs, and textures. A variety of animals are also included.
LibraryThing member broach
Such a great book for children to see where certain eggs come from and what they look like from different animals. This book also teaches children the development that happens in the egg and I find this to be such a great thing for them to learn!
LibraryThing member mickmyster13
Beautiful. This book has such beautiful pictures and it is fun reading a book in a different font. It would be fun to paint eggs after reading this! If not real eggs then watercolor on paper. It would be fun to do a lesson on different hollidays or how different cultures use eggs for decoration or
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as symbols and then decorate eggs.
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LibraryThing member mmsharp
What a wonderful book on eggs. Who would have known. Not a lot of children even know there are brown eggs, let alone many other colors and sizes. She does a great job explaining where to find them and where they come from without parents asking questions. Beautifully illustrated!
LibraryThing member donnammccoy
Beautiful picture, covering all types of eggs, from a penguin egg atop it's parents feet, to a grasshopper's egg as it cycles from egg to embryo to insect. It remains silent until...the moment of hatching, and the pictures show beautiful young animals and insects, fish and birds.
LibraryThing member missrader
A combination of beautiful illustrations with great information. Describes many different eggs, their different characteristics, and the animals the produce them.
LibraryThing member danusia
Beautiful watercolor illustrations of eggs, birds, and animals teach children about the magic of eggs. Some of the vocabulary is a bit high level for kdg and the book would not do well in a large group setting due to its tiny print and detailed drawings but, it is extremely informative and very
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beautiful. this book will teach children to respect nature and all its creatures.
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LibraryThing member jjuran
This is a very beautiful book about different type of eggs and the animals that lay them. It describes the different shapes, textures and colors of eggs. I liked the look and simple style of this book. Yet it was still very informative. Great blending of entertaining and educating.
LibraryThing member Chandra672
This book shows a wide variety of different eggs and how they differ in size, shape, and color. Might be a good book to share during the spring time. Great progression story from egg to live creature.
LibraryThing member sharletkanehl
If you have ever been curious about eggs than this is the book for you. “An Egg Is Quiet” is filled with interesting facts about all types of eggs. In this book the reader gets to explore a large list of characteristics that eggs possess through educational facts and pictures.
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I found myself flipping back and forth from the pictures of the eggs to the animals that hatch for the eggs. I never really thought about how fascinating eggs are until now, but it is more interesting to me than I thought it would be.
Extension Ideas:
1. This book would be great for science classrooms. When showing students the pictures of different types of eggs I can have my students match up the animal that came from that particular type of egg.
2. In the classroom, I could have my students design an egg that they would hatch from if they were hatched from eggs.
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LibraryThing member Jenpark
This book is the story of eggs, both animal and insect. There is a poetic story line, which is then embellished with more scientific information. However the best part of this book is the illustrations. They are beautiful, accurately depicting many different kinds of eggs.
LibraryThing member mrcmyoung
Aston celebrates the ubiquitous egg while long provides lovely illustrations of eggs from a variety of species. A great introductory science text to help with life cycle units.
LibraryThing member AdrienneWood
I would use this book in conjunction with Animals Babies to show how different animals can be.

This book has beautiful illustrations of all the different egg types represented. It also shows how different eggs are nested and kept warm until they develop into whatever creature they turn into. It also
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shows how different eggs can be from each other and how they can camouflage into their surroundings to protect themselves against predators.

I really, really loved this book. The way it shows all of the eggs in one set of drawings, then what they turn into at the the of the book was brilliant!
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LibraryThing member isaacfellows
This is a work of art; every page is perfect. I'd use it in concert with an art project exploring patterns and maybe using watercolor and pigmented oil mixtures.
LibraryThing member karen.strachan
Summary: This book is an informative introduction to eggs. An egg is colorful, and an egg is shapely. For example, some eggs are round, oval, pointy, and even tubular. Many eggs have markings to match the environment, so they will not be eaten by a raccoon, snake, or an insect. Eggs are many
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different sizes from the hummingbird eggs the size of a jelly bean to an ostrich egg that weighs as much as eight pounds. Eggs have textures such as hard, gooey, smooth, and rough. An egg is quiet, and then suddenly it is noisy with baby birds hatching out.
Personal Reaction: This is a great book about eggs especially if you have ever been curious about them. The reader gets to explore the characteristics of eggs through educational facts and pictures. The author’s poetic language is captivating and the pictures capture the beauty of eggs.
Classroom Extensions: 1. In the classroom, this book would be great for science studies when studying the life cycle of birds. 2. The teacher can read this book to her class, and then ask her students to design an egg that they would hatch from if they were a bird.
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LibraryThing member copad2thing
It is a great book to teach children the development of the egg. It teaches children how eggs can be different but at the end it gives a little creature growing inside.
LibraryThing member mdrumgold
If eggs didn't excite you before, they definetly will after reading this book. Eggs come is different sizes, colors, shapes, and textures. Some eggs are as small as jelly beans and others so big it takes two hands to hold it. Read this book to see how interesting eggs really are.
LibraryThing member dcaitlyn
So many classrooms have the "hatch an egg" project at some point, but very few touch on the mystery and variety, the architectural perfection of the life vessel that is an egg. Here is a truly great example that belongs in every classroom.
LibraryThing member klledet
Incorporating literature into the science curriculum, or any curriculum, is a great method. When students read nonfiction selections, such as this one, they are drawn in by the deep content of the text, the fascinating images, and the thought provoking concepts presented. There are more than 60
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different egg types in this book, which includes facts on each. As for the text alone, I really like the way the book incorporates the use of two different fonts. The larger of the two is in a script like font and is used to draw the reader's attention to the topic sentence of the page. Whereas, the smaller font is in print and shares the facts with the reader, which are based on the topic sentence. As for the illustrations, I think they are done wonderfully. They are colorful and filled of texture. This is definitely a book that I would read to my class, perhaps in a lesson on how life forms and comes to be. However, it would also serve as a benefit to let the students individually view this book because of the details that are within it.
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LibraryThing member cdolan10
Genre: Informational

Critiques: This is an okay example of an informational text because it clearly presents factual data in an organized way with visuals, captions, labeling, and a chart, but it does not have subtitles, a table of contents, a glossary, or other text features. The information
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included is brought to life through vibrant visuals and interesting facts throughout.

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LibraryThing member LauraMcQueen
I really liked this book. I think it is a really great way to show students about all the different types of eggs there are and all of the different organisms that lay the eggs. I think this would be a great supplement to a science unit. I also think that the book puts a lot of hard science ideas
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into a child's realm of knowledge and that is great. I also really like all of the illustrations in this book because they are so realistic.
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LibraryThing member AbigailAdams26
Like their subsequent A Seed Is Sleepy (which I chanced to read first), author Dianna Hutts Aston and illustrator Sylvia Long have created an immensely appealing nature-study with An Egg Is Quiet, one that both educates and enthralls. Each two-page spread opens with a general statements about eggs
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- "An egg is colorful. An egg is shapely. An egg is clever." - before presenting examples, and more detailed information. The accompanying illustrations are simply gorgeous, perfectly capturing the beauty of these animals-to-be.

From the breathtaking first and last pages - which show a wealth of eggs, and the creatures who hatched from them, respectively - to the dual-narrative text that draws young readers in, this picture-book succeeds on every level. A visual feast and an educational triumph! Here's hoping this team will collaborate on many more nature-oriented titles for young readers!
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LibraryThing member kami.hodgins
Content: As the title suggests, this book focuses on eggs. Presented in a lyrical way, the reader can learn about eggs of all different shapes, sizes and species.

My reaction: I simply adore this book and while the text is wonderful and poetic, most of my reaction comes from the illustrations. The
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pictures are soft and beautiful and yet very realistic. The book is packed with information but due to the design can be used for many different reading levels and purposes. My favourite part is actually the endpapers—on the front you see them crammed full of eggs and on the back you see their adult counterparts.

Recommended Age Level: 4-10

Series Information: While not technically a series, the artist and illustrator have come together to create multiple books with the same style format. These include: A Rock is Lively, A Seed is Sleepy and A Butterfly is Patient.

Awards: 2007 AAAS/Subaru SB&F Prize for Excellence in Science Books
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LibraryThing member mmesullivan
It is obvious why this book has won so many awards. An Egg is Quiet by Dianna Aston is a beautifully written non fiction text that is perfect for teachers in BC. The book discribes key elements of an egg such as: size, colour, life cycle etc.
A must for all Libraries!
LibraryThing member vadnama
This is an absolutely gorgeous book with a variety of interesting drawings to look at and talk about with your young child. The drawings of various eggs found in nature are beautifully detailed and there is plenty of information about different egg designs and the habits of a variety of egg-laying
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species. Children are naturally fascinated by nature and this is the kind of book that piques their interest.
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