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The talking eggs : a folktale from the American South / retold by Robert D. San Souci ; pictures by Jerry Pinkney.

Book Book (c1989.)
Description: [32] p. : col. ill. ; 26 cm.
Publisher: New York : Dial Books for Young Readers, c1989.
21 of 21 copies available at NOBLE (All Libraries).
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  • Awards: Coretta Scott King Award. Caldecott Honor, 1990.
    • ISBN: 0803706197 :
    • Edition: 1st ed.
    General Note: Caldecott Honor Book for 1990
    Summary: A Southern folktale in which kind Blanche, following the instructions of an old witch, gains riches, while her greedy sister makes fun of the old woman and is duly rewarded.
    Awards: Coretta Scott King Award.
    Caldecott Honor, 1990.
    Authors: Pinkney, Jerry, (ill.).
    Citation: San Souci, Robert D. "The talking eggs : a folktale from the American South." New York : Dial Books for Young Readers, 1989.
    • Publishers Weekly Reviews : PW Reviews 1989 August #2
      In this adaptation of a Creole folktale, Blanche is kind, loving and patient, but her older sister Rose takes after their mean, sneaky mother. One day Blanche befriends a hideous old ``aunty'' on a path near her home and is rewarded with magic eggs. Of course, Rose and the girls' mother are beside themselves with envy, and Rose sets out to snag some eggs of her own. But greedy Rose's cruel nature gets her into trouble. She torments the old lady, grabs the wrong eggs and ends up ``angry, sore and stung.'' Pinkney's exquisitely wrought illustrations are close cousins to those in his Caldecott Honor Book Mirandy and Brother Wind , with similar woodlands and soft farmyard settings of the rural South. When the magic begins, the witch takes off her head, dressed-up rabbits do the Virginia reel and eggs begin to chatter. There are some spectacular scenes here. Ages 4-8. (Sept.) Copyright 1989 Cahners Business Information.
    • School Library Journal Reviews : SLJ Reviews 1989 September
      K-Gr 3-- This adaptation of a Creole folktale contains familiar European fairy tale elements, but certainly stands on its own and is a unique contribution to the American folktale repertoire. In imagistic language spiced with Southern folk flavor, San Souci tells of a cruel mother and her two daughters, Blanche and Rose. Rose is just like her mother, while Blanche is good and kind, and consequently abused. One day Blanche meets an old woman and treats her with a ``spirit of do-right.'' Soon they meet again, when Blanche runs away from mistreatment and the old woman takes her back to her house. And what marvels Blanche finds there--a two-headed cow, multi-colored chickens, abundant food from nothing, a hostess who takes off her head to comb her hair (the illustrations spare readers most of this last detail), and a glorious scene of rabbits engaged in country dancing. For being obedient, Blanche is rewarded with magic talking eggs that turn into everything she's ever wanted. As expected, her greedy family wants to get in on the action, but Rose, of course, fails to follow the old woman's instructions, and gets nothing but a plague of snakes, toads, frogs, and the like. This lesson about virtue rewarded and greed punished is illustrated with Pinkney's lush, detailed watercolor and pencil art, which literally interprets the story and provides abundant detail. The characters are black, the setting rural, and the themes universal. --Leda Schubert, Vermont Department of Education, Montpelier Copyright 1989 Cahners Business Information.

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