First the Egg by Laura Vaccaro Seeger

Laura Vaccaro Seeger excels in presenting creative concept books, as seen in the previously reviewed Green, Lemons Are Not Red and The Hidden Alphabet. All of her books have a quietly artistic and poetic feel, and First the Egg is no exception.

The idea behind the book is a simple one — to show the youngest readers how plants and animals transform as they grow, using a series of simple illustrations (with die-cuts for added interest) and the simplest language possible: “First the ___; then the ____”. For example, “First the egg; then the chicken”; although it isn’t reflected in the text, the illustration also shows a baby chick preceding the full-grown chicken. Other examples include tadpole/frog and caterpillar/butterfly.

then the chicken

While the content is quite basic, the way in which it is presented is very elegant, and I love how the last spread shows that life isn’t a linear process, but a cycle.

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  1. Pingback: Dog and Bear: Tricks and Treats by Laura Vaccaro Seeger | Picture This Book

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