Now that I’ve whet your appetite, here are three more wonderful stories about mysterious orphan eggs and the drama that they cause:
Duck and Goose by Tad Hills. A young duck and goose discover a colorful spotted “egg” and each tries to claim it for his own. Eventually, they both end up sitting on the egg (which looks suspiciously like a ball) and as they spend a lot of time together, they gradually realize two together is more fun than one against one. This lesson comes in handy when another bird innocently asks if she can play with their ball too.
The Odd Egg by Emily Gravett. Duck feels left out because all the other birds have laid an egg—every fowl except him. Then he finds a huge speckled egg and decides to adopt it. He patiently sits on his discovery while the other birds make fun of his odd-looking charge. Finally, one by one, everyone’s eggs start hatching and cleverly cut pages reveal each hatchling being welcomed by its mother. What pops out of Duck’s egg will surprise and delight, and remind readers that birds aren’t the only creatures that hatch from eggs.
Horton Hatches the Egg. This Seuss classic, which precedes Horton Hears a Who!, has our faithful, kindhearted protagonist babysitting an egg when its selfish birthparent leaves her post and suckers Horton into doing her duty for her. What ultimately hatches out of the egg makes for an utterly satisfying happy ending.
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Have I left out your favorite book? Can you think of other stories that feature orphan eggs and surprise hatchings?