Are These Hen’s Eggs?
Allen & Unwin, 2020
32pp., hbk., RRP $A24.99
In “one sunset, two, one sunrise more” Hen’s eggs will hatch. Snuggled down deep in her nest under the trees, she waits patiently but then the storm hits and the next morning she cannot find her eggs. All the farm creatures help her search, amassing a collection of eggs – but are they all Hen’s eggs? When they do hatch there are some surprises, particularly the final one but that doesn’t stop Hen loving them all anyway.
This is a charming story that can spark all sorts of investigations about hens, eggs, how they are made, their sizes, shapes and colours, the range of creatures that come from eggs and the names of baby creatures. But it is also a story about helping others after loss, unselfishness as Duck gives Hen one of her eggs to cheer her up, and unconditional love when something entirely unexpected is added to the mix. Can a happy family be a blended mix of heritage, culture and parentage?