“First the Egg”, the delightful childrens book by Laura Seeger is truly a page turner from the very start. From the artwork on the dust cover that shows a comfortably nested egg to the high gloss hard cover underneath that reveals a chicken, there are new surprises at every turn in this fantastic book with what seems to be the ideal combination of bright and colorful images and entertaining yet educational words and phrases.
One glance and it will come as no surprise that “First the Egg” was both a Caldecott Honor Book and a Theodor Seuss Geisel (‘Dr. Seuss’) Honor Book Award Winner in 2008, or that she received the coveted New York Times Best Illustrated Book Award and the Boston Globe’s Horn Book Award, both in 2007. It was also on the New York Times Best Seller list; something every author – regardless of their genre – aspires to.
Books like this are what give picture books a good name. “First the Egg” is brilliant in its delivery of a simple lesson of firsts (first comes the egg, then comes the chicken) delivered in such an eye-catching way that the intended audience , ages 4 – 8, will want this to be a part of their bedtime reading for years to come. You will love it for the clever use of die cuts and the smart-yet-playful messages it teaches. What appears as one thing on one page will surprisingly become another when the page is turned much to your children’s delight.