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Monday 1 April 2013

Review: Have You Seen My Egg?

Eddy Emu has lost an egg. Despite to find it, Eddy sets out to ask friends if they've seen it.

Maggie and Matt the magpies certainly haven't seen the large green egg with the very hard shell. Their eggs are small and spotty - and look! One is hatching!

Ella Echidna hasn't seen Eddy's egg, either. Her eggs are much smaller and are quite soft. And a little puggle is hatching!

Lizzie lizard's eggs are very small and pale - not big and green like Eddy's. And two of Lizzie's babies have hatched!

Eddy continues to search for the missing egg, asking friend after friend, and just as it becomes apparent the egg may never be found, a surprise ending brings lovely - if not surprising - news!

This lovely book, with beautiful watercolour imagery, is a delightful way for kids to learn more about the different types of eggs and resultant babies of some of Australia's most beloved fauna. From lizards to frogs, snails and crocodiles, I loved flicking open the lift-the-flap surprises on every double-page spread to discover not only the type of egg belonging to each animal, but the little hatchling on its way into the world.

Firm pages and a coated cover with full cover flaps mean a hardy book for little hands, and fascinating addendum pages provide insight into the facts and figures on all animals featured in the book, alongside traditional imagery from the NLA's image collection.

An educational and visually charming book, with classic storybook at its heart.

Title: Have You Seen My Egg?
Author: Penny Olsen
Illustrator: Rhonda N. Garward
Publisher: National Library of Australia, $17.99 RRP
Publication Date: 1 March 2013
Format: Soft cover
ISBN: 9780642277886
For ages: 4 - 8
Type: Picture Book