When a mysterious egg appears outside Hunwick's burrow after a terrible storm, no one knows what to do with it. And when it doesn't hatch right away, everyone is even more bewildered. Everyone, that is, but Hunwick. For Hunwick understands the egg. It is his friend. And he is the only one who knows its secret.
From the author and illustrator of the modern classic Koala Lou, here is a moving tale of loneliness, friendship, and most of all, the power the imagination has to change the way we see the world.
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MEM FOX is the author of many beloved books, including Where Is the Green Sheep?, The Magic Hat, Koala Lou, Time for Bed, and for adults, Reading Magic: Why Reading Aloud to Our Children Will Change Their Lives Forever. She lives in Adelaide, Australia.
PAMELA LOFTS has illustrated many books for children, including Koala Lou by Mem Fox. She also works extensively with Aboriginal children in her country and produces books based on their legends. She lives in Alice Springs, Australia.
Grade 1-3–Beginning with the traditional opening, "Once upon a time," this touching story features a kindhearted bandicoot named Hunwick, who, one evening after a tumultuous storm, finds "a most curious egg." After conferring with Emu, Cockatoo, and Echidna, Hunwick takes it back to his burrow and gives it a safe and cozy home. The odd egg, which refuses to hatch, becomes the gentle bandicoot's friend and confidante. Although Hunwick's neighbors are concerned about the situation, the creature comes to realize that the egg is actually a perfectly shaped stone and continues to "love it with all his heart." This slightly offbeat story with a universal message about the power of friendship is accompanied by glowing watercolor pencil illustrations in orange, pink, and violet tones that showcase the flora and fauna of the Australian landscape, adding an interesting element to this charming title. Young readers will appreciate Hunwick's loyalty and may be curious to learn more about the exotic animals portrayed in the lovely artwork.–Linda L. Walkins, Mount Saint Joseph Academy, Brighton, MA
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