The Egg (Hardcover)

By Britta Teckentrup

Prestel Junior, 9783791372945, 96pp.

Publication Date: April 2, 2017

List Price: 16.95*
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Description

Beautiful, whimsical, and entertaining, this book of illustrations by Britta Teckentrup shows eggs in all their fragility, complexity, and variety. Is there anything as simple as an egg? Is there anything as complex? In this gorgeous picture book, Britta Teckentrup portrays eggs through the eyes of an artist. From hummingbirds to the extinct elephant bird, illustrations of the avian world’s smallest and largest eggs demonstrate the variety present in nature. Pastel studies explore the rainbow of soft colors and intricate patterns that make eggs of common birds seem incredibly striking. In Teckentrup’s hands, a scattering of broken egg shells become abstract art; a nest of unhatched eggs suggest the possibility and promise of life. Her studies of songbirds and nests are themselves beautifully composed works of color and line. A lovely meditation on the diversity of eggs, this magnificent book offers hours of lingering pleasure, and becomes fertile ground for conversation and imagination.


About the Author

Britta Teckentrup is the author and illustrator of many adored children’s books, including the bestselling The Memory Tree, The Odd One Out, and Grumpy Cat, along with Before I Wake Up... and Oskar Loves... (both by Prestel). Her most recent book on weather phenomena was nominated for Germany’s most prestigious children’s book award. She lives and works in Berlin.


Praise For The Egg

"A lovely meditation on the diversity of eggs, this is magnificent volume that offers hours of lingering pleasure, and becomes fertile ground for conversation and imagination."

-Midwest Book Review

"This new book by Britta Teckentrup is a gorgeously illustrated tribute to [eggs] and all their wonder."

-Book Nerd Mommy

"The Egg by Britta Teckentrup is a beautifully illustrated book that introduces kids – and kids at heart – to the intriguing world of bird eggs."

–Birds and Blooms

"In this European import, gorgeous, earth-tone illustrations and fact-packed text introduce one of nature's most perfectly designed wonders."

-School Library Journal