An Egg is Quiet by Diane Hutts Aston
This stunningly beautiful and wonderfully informative book from award-winning artist Sylvia Long and author Dianna Hutts Aston makes for a fascinating introduction to the vast and amazing world of eggs. Featuring poetic text and an elegant design, this acclaimed book teaches children countless interesting facts about eggs. Full of wit and charm, An Egg Is Quietwill at once spark the imagination and cultivate a love of science.
This ebullient introduction to the magical world of eggs is one of the most charming books of the month. Award-winning artist Sylvia Long and writer Dianna Aston seem joyously intent on sharing their sense of wonder about every type of egg: giant ostrich eggs, tiny hummingbird eggs, even tinier ladybug eggs, gooey frog eggs, and fossilized dinosaur eggs.
Like the subject matter it describes, this book packages with understated elegance the substantive matter found within it. "An egg is quiet. It sits there, under its mother's feathers... on top of its father's feet... buried beneath the sand," Aston (When You Were Born) begins, as spot illustrations zero in on a hummingbird, emperor penguin and sea turtle, respectively. The narrative then launches into a kind of survey about the characteristics of eggs, which follows a simple format. In most spreads, different adjectives (colorful, shapely, textured, etc.) complete the sentence, "An egg is...." This repetitive rhythm contrasts with the visual variety of the illustrations. Long's (Sylvia Long's Mother Goose) skilled use of contrast and compositional balance prevent monotony. For example, a border that resembles a color test pattern runs down the outer edges of a spread of nearly 40 carefully placed "colorful" examples, set against a white background, which dazzle the eye. The main text appears in large, flowery cursive, while a smaller printed typeface serves as labels and brief factual captions. "An egg is clever," in fancy script, for instance, sits alongside examples of camouflage: "An egg might be speckled to resemble the rocks around it." The letters' dramatic curlicues mimic curvy grasses and vines dappled with tiny insect eggs. Long introduces breathtaking color into the final spreads, as a concluding scene "hatches from" this peacefulness, reminding readers of an egg's purpose. This attractive volume pleases on both an aesthetic and intellectual level. Ages 5-10. (Apr.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Many urban children are only familiar with the ordinary grocery store chicken egg. Here is a wonderful opportunity to introduce little ones (and grown-ups too) to the variety of beautiful eggs existing in nature. More than sixty eggs are gorgeously drawn in ink and watercolor—a real treat for the eye. Little touches—such as the ruler included so we can gauge size—are included. The text matches the illustrations perfectly—or is it the other way around? The end papers will keep you entertained too. This is a truly gorgeous, beginning nonfiction book for children that will keep adults' attention as well. 2006, Chronicle Books, Ages 5 to 10.