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Chesterfield - Fannie D. Lowry Memorial E SEE (Text) 30493100559492 Juvenile Picture Book Available -
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Chesterfield - McBee Depot E SEE (Text) 30493100559500 Juvenile Picture Book Available -
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Colleton - Bookmobile JE Seeger, Laura Vaccaro (Text) 3010247239 Juvenile Picture Book Available -
Colleton - Edisto Branch JE Seeger, Laura Vaccaro (Text) 3010247240 Juvenile Picture Book Available -
Colleton - Main Library JE Seeger, Laura Vaccaro (Text) 3010247238 Juvenile Picture Book Available -
Dorchester - St. George Main Library E SEE (Text) 30018002957278 Juvenile Picture Book Available -
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  • ISBN: 1596432721
  • ISBN: 9781596432727
  • Physical Description: 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 23 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New Milford, Conn. : Roaring Brook Press, 2007.

Content descriptions

General Note:
"A Neal Porter book."
Summary, etc.:
A picture book about transformations.
Target Audience Note:
NP Lexile
Awards Note:
South Carolina Picture Book Award nominee, 2009-2010
Caldecott Honor book, 2008
Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor book.
Subject: Caldecott Honor books.
Developmental biology > Juvenile literature.
Developmental biology.
Topic Heading: South Carolina Picture Book Award nominee, 2009-2010.

Syndetic Solutions - School Library Journal Review for ISBN Number 1596432721
First the Egg
First the Egg
by Seeger, Laura Vaccaro (Author, Illustrator)
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First the Egg

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PreS-Gr 3-Based on the Caldecott and Theodore Seuss Geisel Honor book (Roaring Brook Press, 2007), this short film is as charming as its inspiration. Laura Vaccaro Seeger's tale about transformations, both natural and creative, comes to life through the magic of animation and irresistible sound effects; an egg hatching, a tadpole swimming in a pond, and a pencil writing on paper are almost as appealing to the senses as the chunky, saturated art. While the DVD format sacrifices the cutout effect of the book, the animated growth/transformations are equally fascinating and satisfying. In lieu of turning the page, thick squishy brushstrokes cover previous frames as chicken gives way to tadpole, frog to seed, flower to caterpillar, butterfly to page of words, story to tube of paint and, finally full circle, picture back to chicken. Gentle background music featuring guitar adds to the effect. So which comes first, the chicken or the egg? Viewers can decide and then write their own "First.then." pairings. Subtitles are optional, and there is an interview with the author/illustrator. While learning about the genesis of the book and Seeger's career is fascinating, this feature is more suited for teachers and older students. Still, this little gem is the perfect introduction to a life cycle unit. Pair it with Simms Taback's Joseph Had a Little Overcoat (Weston Woods, 2001), another creative transformation tale.-Barbara Auerbach, P.S. 217, Brooklyn, NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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First the Egg
First the Egg
by Seeger, Laura Vaccaro (Author, Illustrator)
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In another nimble page-turner, Seeger (Black? White! Day? Night!) toys with die-cuts and strategically paired words. She introduces a chicken-or-egg dilemma on her book's cover, picturing a plump white egg in a golden-brown nest. Remove the die-cut dust jacket, and a hen appears on the glossy inner cover. The eggshell, thickly brushed in bluish-white and cream, also serves as the chicken's feathers. This "first/then" pattern is repeated ("First the egg/ then the chicken./ First the tadpole/ then the frog"), with a die-cut on every other page. By flipping a page, readers see the cutout in two contexts. For instance, when an ovoid shape is superimposed on a white ground, it's an egg; on a yolk-yellow ground, it's the body of a baby chick. Seeger lines up the recto and verso of every sheet, maintaining a casual mood with generous swabs of grassy greens, sky blues and oxide yellows on canvas. Given the exuberant imagery, the occasional cutout (like the fingernail-size seed of a blowsy peony-pink flower) looks none too impressive. But if minuscule die-cuts seem barely worth the trouble, they do imply the potential in humble sources. Seeger's clever conclusion brings all the elements together in an outdoor scene that returns readers to the opening: "First the paint/ then the picture... / First the chicken/ then the egg!" Ages 2-6. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


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