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First the egg / Laura Vaccaro Seeger.

Seeger, Laura Vaccaro, (author,, illustrator.).
Book Book (2007.)
Description: 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 23 cm
Publisher: New Milford, Connecticut : Roaring Brook Press, 2007.
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  • Awards: Caldecott Honor Book, 2008. Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor, 2008.
    • ISBN: 9781596432727
    • ISBN: 1596432721
    • Edition: First edition.
    General Note: Art techniques used: Vibrant, textured, oil on canvas paintings combined with die-cut pages.
    "A Neal Porter book."
    Summary: A picture book about transformations.
    • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2008 February #1
      Beginning with the die cut on the cover, which completes the title and hides a secret underneath, this delivers a string of delightful surprises as Seeger crisply explores the stages of development in the natural world and, then,  how a story grows. Thickly textured backgrounds provide visual energy for minimalist images that cleverly incorporate additional die cuts. "First the EGG," reads the text on the opening spread, which pictures the egg through an appropriately shaped hole. When children flip the page, they'll find a fuzzy chick and its adult counterpart—"then the CHICKEN." So it goes through the life stages of frog, flower, and butterfly. Suddenly, Seeger turns away from nature. "First the WORD," she writes, "then the STORY." "First the PAINT . . . then the PICTURE," accompanied by a painting that pulls the book together, showing chicken, flower, frog, and butterfly enjoying a beautiful day together. A funny finale sets up the book's beginning. Pages are sturdy enough to support poking fingers and repeated viewings, both of which are guaranteed. Copyright 2008 Booklist Reviews.
    • Publishers Weekly Reviews : PW Reviews 2007 August #3

      In another nimble page-turner, Seeger (Black? White! Day? Night!) toys with die-cuts and strategically paired words. She introduces a chicken-or-egg dilemma on her book's cover, picturing a plump white egg in a golden-brown nest. Remove the die-cut dust jacket, and a hen appears on the glossy inner cover. The eggshell, thickly brushed in bluish-white and cream, also serves as the chicken's feathers. This "first/then" pattern is repeated ("First the egg/ then the chicken./ First the tadpole/ then the frog"), with a die-cut on every other page. By flipping a page, readers see the cutout in two contexts. For instance, when an ovoid shape is superimposed on a white ground, it's an egg; on a yolk-yellow ground, it's the body of a baby chick. Seeger lines up the recto and verso of every sheet, maintaining a casual mood with generous swabs of grassy greens, sky blues and oxide yellows on canvas. Given the exuberant imagery, the occasional cutout (like the fingernail-size seed of a blowsy peony-pink flower) looks none too impressive. But if minuscule die-cuts seem barely worth the trouble, they do imply the potential in humble sources. Seeger's clever conclusion brings all the elements together in an outdoor scene that returns readers to the opening: "First the paint/ then the picture… / First the chicken/ then the egg!" Ages 2-6. (Sept.)

      [Page 66]. Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.
    • School Library Journal Reviews : SLJ Reviews 2007 November

      PreS-Gr 2 —With brief text and vibrant artwork, Seeger describes familiar transformations in nature. The opening spread reads, "First the EGG." Textured backdrops painted in mustard yellow and rusty orange fill the eye and focus attention on a white egg that peeks through an oval-shaped die-cut from the next page. The following spread completes the thought, "then the CHICKEN," revealing a just-hatched chick and a fluffy white hen. Other similarly conveyed cycles include tadpole to frog, seed to flower, and caterpillar to butterfly. Finally, Seeger extends the concept to a broader sphere, with "First the WORD…then the STORY" and "First the PAINT…then the PICTURE," bringing the book full circle with an illustration that incorporates all of the highlighted entities, including the chicken—which then lays an egg. Throughout, the paintings focus closely on the items being described, and vivid color combinations and see-through die-cuts keep the art fresh and inviting. With its even rhythm, clearly expressed concept, and strong visuals, this book would make a great read-aloud for preschoolers; it could also serve as a beginning reader, a simple introduction to developmental biology, an example of logical sequencing, and a launchpad for creative writing.—Joy Fleishhacker, School Library Journal

      [Page 100]. Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.

    Citation:

    Seeger, Laura Vaccaro. "First the egg." New Milford, Connecticut : Roaring Brook Press, 2007.

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