I’ve lost an egg!
Excuse me, Maggie and Matt,
have you seen my egg?
It’s big and green with
a very hard shell.
Emu has lost an egg and the search is on to find it. Emu asks the magpies, an echidna, a frill-neck lizard as well as beach and ocean-dwellers. Each responds that they’ve not seen the egg and describes their own eggs – larger, smaller, softer, etc. 1/4 size flaps on each page reveal their own babies hatching. Eventually, he finds his own first hatchling. Each opening shows adult animal, egg and hatchling of a different species. Final spreads show paintings and photos from the National Library as well as further information about the featured species. ‘Have You Seen My Egg’ is a sturdy paperback with strong life-flaps and end flaps.
On the face of it, this is a simple text about Australian animals and their eggs/hatchlings. And it works well on this level. But for young readers who like a little more, there is plenty of information and extra pictures (very useful for the parent/teacher sharing this book with children!) ‘Have You Seen My Egg’ is pitched at preschoolers but will also find fans in early schoolers.
Have You Seen My Egg Penny Olsen ill Rhonda N. Garward
NLA Publishing 2013 ISBN: 9789642277886