Module 11: An Egg Is Quiet

An egg is quiet


Book Summary:

This is a beautiful picture book/field guide about eggs.  It is intended for young children, but adults will also appreciate the exquisite artwork and the quiet simplicity of the text.  From the front cover to the back, including the end pages, there is information about eggs of all sorts: bird, insect, fish, amphibians, reptiles, even dinosaurs!  The artwork is so realistic, it makes you want to pick up one of the eggs in your hands and study it up close.  Ultimately, the book gives the reader a thorough description of the many varieties of eggs in the world.

Aston, D. (2006). An egg is quiet.  San Francisco, CA: Chronicle Books LLC


I love this book!  It is so beautifully illustrated; I know my words will not do the pictures justice.  The text is simple, clear, and interesting- pointing out all sorts of ways to consider eggs; from the viewpoint of shape, size, texture, hardness, softness, etc.  Throughout the book all eggs are carefully labeled and if size is not correct, labeled to inform the reader of the change.  Many interesting facts appear on these pages about who lays eggs, how eggs are laid, even the changes during the gestation period of several types of eggs.  All in all, a well-done, interesting book about a subject that most people probably give little thought.

Professional Review:

“PreS-Gr. 2. This beautifully illustrated introduction to eggs resembles pages drawn from a naturalist’s diary. The text, scrolled out in elegant brown ink, works on two levels. Larger print makes simple observations that, read together, sound almost like poetry: “An egg is quiet. . . . An egg is colorful. An egg is shapely.” On each spread, words in smaller print match up with illustrations to offer more facts about bird and fish eggs across the animal spectrum. The illustrations are too detailed for read-alouds, but there’s a great deal here to engage children up close. The succinct text will draw young fact hounds, particularly fans of Steve Jenkins’ Biggest, Strongest, Fastest (1995) and his similar titles. Long’s illustrations are elegant and simple, and the gallery of eggs, as brilliantly colored and polished as gems, will inspire kids to marvel at animals’ variety and beauty. A spread showing X-ray views of young embryos growing into animal young makes this a good choice for reinforcing concepts about life cycles.”

Engberg, G. (2006, April 15).  Aston, Dianna. An egg is quiet [Review of the book An egg is quiet, by D. Aston]. Booklist, 102(16), 48.  Retrieved from

Library Uses:

This would be a great book to use when studying creatures that lay eggs, the life cycle, or even just eggs themselves.  I think the best age groups are younger children maybe age 4 to 8.  Different activities should be paired with the book depending on the age of the children.  Using plain chicken (hard-boiled) eggs to decorate could be a fun activity for the younger kids.  Or even egg b owing for the older children to have a more permanent piece of art.

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