An Extraordinary Egg

Bibliographic Information: Lionni, Leo. An Extraordinary Egg. New York: Knopf, 1994. Print.

Brief Annotation: Jessica a curious frog who encounters a strange new pebble one day, but it turns out to be a chicken egg (according to her friend Marilyn)! The egg hatches to reveal a “long, scaly” creature that the frog friends, of course, call a chicken.

Genre: Fiction

Grade Level: 1-3

Readers who will like this: Children who enjoy animal characters; children who delight in mix-ups and jokes.

Rating/ Response: 5 – Nice illustrations and a funny story that kids are sure to buy in to. It’s short and sweet, with lots of engaging language and humor.

One question you would ask before a read aloud: What kind of animal could hatch out of an egg?

Reading strategy: Free Choice (Picture Book)

Rationale for strategy: This book, at its base, is simply an opportunity to laugh and model fluent, expressive reading for your students and show the enjoyment of reading! I also had the opportunity to use it to introduce “interesting vocabulary” to my first-grade practicum students.

Posted by: Caitlin Miller

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