First the Egg

First the Egg
by Laura Vaccaro Seeger
Neal Porter Book, Roaring Brook Press, 2007
Caldecott Honor Book

In big, soothing colors, author/illustrator Laura Vaccaro Seeger introduces the youngest reader/listeners to the concepts of ‘first’ and ‘then’.  She begins, of course, with “First the egg, then the chicken”.  And she adds an extra fascination for toddlers and carves out an egg-shaped hole, connecting the egg with the chicken.  She repeats the idea with “First the tadpole (with a cut out of a green tadpole), then the frog.”  Young readers are introduced to seeds and flowers, caterpillars and butterflies and even words and stories.  Award-winning author/illustrator’s ending brings the story back around to the egg; a subtle reference to which comes first, a chicken or an egg.  Very clever concept book on “first” and “then”, and a comforting book to read.

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