An Extraordinary Egg
Publication Date: November 17, 1998
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It's an extraordinary day on Pebble Island for three frogs when one of them discovers a beautiful white egg. They've never seen a chicken egg before, but they're sure that's what this must be. So when the egg hatches and out crawls a long green, scaly creature, they naturally call it . . . a chicken! From award winning-artist Leo Lionni, here's a hilarious case of mistaken identity that children are sure to delight in.
Leo Lionni, an internationally known designer, illustrator, and graphic artist, was born in Holland and lived in Italy until he came to the United States in 1939. He was the recipient of the 1984 American Institute of Graphic Arts Gold Medal and was honored posthumously in 2007 with the Society of Illustrators’ Lifetime Achievement Award. His picture books are distinguished by their enduring moral themes, graphic simplicity and brilliant use of collage, and include four Caldecott Honor Books: Inch by Inch, Frederick, Swimmy, and Alexander and the Wind-Up Mouse. Hailed as “a master of the simple fable” by the Chicago Tribune, he died in 1999 at the age of 89.
"An eggs-traordinary treat from a master storyteller." —School Library Journal (Starred Review)
"Just the thing to lighten up a picture-book hour." —Kirkus Reviews (Starred Review)
"Kids will giggle at the frogs' repeated references to the friendly newborn as `the chicken.' They'll be even more tickled when the frogs chuckle at the `mother chicken' who, finally reunited with her offspring, greets her `sweet little alligator' . . . In his 40th book, Lionni is in typically fine form." —Publisher's Weekly