First the Egg

by Laura Vaccaro Seeger

Laura Vaccaro Seeger’s quietly dazzling picture book begins as a straightforward... read more

Laura Vaccaro Seeger’s quietly dazzling picture book begins as a straightforward and highly visual look at the order of things in nature: “First the egg then the chicken . . . First the seed then the flower . . .” Each “first . . . then” statement spans two double-page spreads, offering the drama of set-up and then resolution with the turn of a page. Beautifully textured artwork with perfectly executed die-cuts add to the appeal. When Seeger’s narrative shifts to “First the word then the story” the deceptively simple volume becomes a stunning representation of its subject matter: creativity. Small in size but expansive in concept, First the Egg expresses ideas that will fascinate and inspire. An unexpected conclusion brings the book full circle, underscoring its brilliance while creating a wholly satisfying experience for readers and listeners. (Ages 4–9)

© Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 2008

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