Simple text and illustrations introduce young children to the range of different types of animal eggs they might find. Those children who are familiar only with hard oval chicken eggs will be delighted to discover all sorts of variations including round, sandy sea turtle eggs, tiny yellow caterpillar eggs and small leathery platypus eggs.
Children have the opportunity to guess what animals lay each type of egg, with cut-outs giving them a sneak peek through to the next page. The final pages of the book offer a small summary of information for each featured animal including time in egg, mother (or in the case of the penguin, the father), where the eggs are laid/incubated and how many siblings.
I really love the muted colours and the matte finish used for the cover and illustrations. A very simple non-fiction book for young children, What Will Hatch? is the perfect book for preschoolers who are starting to show interest in the world around them. My children enjoyed reading information books from a young age and I think books such as this are a wonderful way of helping children take their first steps in discovering the wonders of science and nature.
Title: What Will Hatch?
Author: Jennifer Ward
Illustrator: Susie Ghahremani
Publisher: Walker Books for Young Readers (Bloomsbury), $15.99 RRP
Publication Date: March 2014
For ages: 3-5
Type: Picture Book