Review of Whose Egg Is THAT?

Whose Egg Is THAT? Whose Egg Is THAT? [Whose Is THAT?]
by Darrin Lunde; illus. by Kelsey Oseid
Preschool, Primary    Charlesbridge    32 pp.
1/23    9781623543297    $17.99
e-book ed.  9781632893024    $9.99

Lunde and Oseid’s third collaboration stays true to their successful formula, turning this nonfiction picture book into a guessing game that uses eggs to explore different species and teach larger lessons about the natural world. Spreads follow a pattern that young children will quickly grasp: the first spread asks a question (“Whose egg is that?”), the second shows a close-up of the egg, the third pans out and identifies the parent animal, and the fourth gives a few additional facts about the species. Oseid’s delicately rendered gouache illustrations provide visual hints. Each page-turn builds in details that reward the alert observer and teach much about the animals’ habitats and behaviors. Many young readers will be surprised and delighted to find that eggs come in an array of colors and sizes. ­Others will enjoy learning how not just birds, but also animals such as platypuses and leatherback sea turtles come from eggs. Pair this crowd pleaser with Aston and Long’s An Egg Is Quiet to foster children’s curiosity and observation of the world around them.

From the January/February 2023 issue of The Horn Book Magazine.

Adrienne L. Pettinelli

Adrienne L. Pettinelli is the director of the Henrietta (NY) Public Library. She has served on several book award committees, including the 2015 Caldecott Committee, and is the author of Helping Homeschoolers in the Library (2008).

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