Title: The Talking Eggs
Publisher: New York: Scholastic, Inc. 1990, New York
Publication Date: 1990
Binding: Soft Cover
Illustrator: Pinkney, Jerry
Book Condition: Near Fine
Edition: First Edition
Soft Cover. Near Fine. First Edition. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. 1st Ed., 1st Scholastic Printing so stated, number row 12-1, PB, NF, not paginated, two small hinge creases each on front and rear, light rubbing on spine. Caldecott Honor Book. The book is adapted from a Creole folktale originally included in a collection of Louisiana stories by the folklorist Alcee Fortier and published late in the 19th century. The tale appears to have its roots in popular European fairy tales. The full-color artwork was prepared using pencil, colored pencils, and watercolor. Bookseller Inventory # 8889
Synopsis: The author of such delights as The Christmas Ark and The Enchanted Tapestry joins forces with illustrator Pinkney to resurrect a colorful folktale that captures the unique flavor of the American South. A 1989 Caldecott Honor Book.
Review: Two sisters lived down Louisiana way long ago: Rose, who was unpleasant, mean, and the older of the two; and her younger sister, Blanche, who was "sweet and kind and sharp as forty crickets." Guess who has to do all the work for Rose and their mother? Blanche's kind and obedient nature finally pays off when she helps an old woman who has magical powers--and a chicken house full of talking eggs containing treasures for those who do as they're told: gold and silver, jewels, silk dresses, satin shoes, "even a handsome carriage that grew in a wink from the size of a matchbox...." Robert D. San Souci's lively, humorous retelling of this Creole folktale abounds with colorful expressions, and Jerry Pinkney's full-page illustrations make us believe in the marvels that Blanche finds, even the two-headed cow, square-dancing rabbits, and rainbow-colored chickens! This inspired collaboration, a 1989 Caldecott Honor Book, will delight young readers who like a captivating story with a strong heroine and a dash of mystery. (Ages 5 to 10) --Marcie Bovetz
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