An Egg Is Quiet

An Egg Is Quiet by Dianna Hutts Aston

Grade Level: P and up
Award-winning artist Sylvia Long has teamed with up-and-coming author Dianna Aston to create this gorgeous and informative introduction to eggs. From tiny hummingbird eggs to giant ostrich eggs, oval ladybug eggs to tubular dogfish eggs, gooey frog eggs to fossilized dinosaur eggs, it magnificently captures the incredible variety of eggs and celebrates their beauty and wonder.The evocative text is sure to inspire lively questions and observations. Yet while poetic in voice and elegant in design, the book introduces children to more than 60 types of eggs and an interesting array of egg facts. Even the endpapers brim with information. A tender and fascinating guide that is equally at home being read to a child on a parent’s lap as in a classroom reading circle.
“…this engrossing album pairs images of dozens of precisely detailed eggs and their diverse wild parents to basic facts presented in neatly hand-lettered lines. A delight for budding naturalists of all stripes, flecks, dots and textures.” – Kirkus, starred review
“Like the subject matter it describes, this book packages with understated elegance the substantive matter found within it. This attractive volume pleases on both an aesthetic and intellectual level.” – Publishers Weekly, starred review
“An exceptionally handsome book on eggs…Aston’s simple, readable text celebrates their marvelous diversity, commenting on size, shape, coloration, and where they might be found. A beautiful guide to the unexpected panoply of the egg.” – School Library Journal
“This beautifully illustrated introduction to eggs resembles pages drawn from a naturalist’s diary. The text, scrolled out in elegant brown ink, works on two levels. Larger print makes simple observations that, read together, sound almost like poetry. Long’s illustrations are elegant and simple, and the gallery of eggs, as brilliantly colored and polished as gems, will inspire kids to marvel at animals’ variety and beauty. A good choice for reinforcing concepts about life cycles.” – Booklist 
  • Recipient of the American Academy for the Advancement of Science/Subaru award, 2007
  •  International Reading Association’s Top Ten Books, 2006
  • Association of Children’s Librarians (ACL) Distinguished Books for 2006
  • Librarians’ Choices 2006 New York Public Library’s 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing 2006
  • Cybils, Children’s and YA Bloggers Literature Award Winner, Nonfiction Picture Book
  • Chicago Public Library, Best of the Best books of 2006
  • New York Library Association, Book of the Season, Spring 2006
  • Child magazine, Best Books of 2006
  • Junior Library Guild Premiere Selection
  • Featured on PBS series, “Between the Lions”
  • One of Top 5 books for children recommended by Martha Stewart, 2006
  • Texas Golden Spur Award
  • NCTE Orbis Pictus Recommended Book 2007
  • Texas Library Association, 2X2 Reading List 2007
  • Great Lakes Great Books Award Nominee 2007/2008
  • Publishers Weekly, “Off the Cuff” Award, Honorable Mention for Best Nonfiction
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