Little Steps, 2022
28pp., pbk., RRP $A16.95
When a huge wind blows the eggs of Stork, Parrot and Crocodile off their nests so they all end up in a jumble, who knows which egg is which? Luckily, they have the sense and patience to wait for the eggs to hatch, and sure enough they are able to tell which baby belongs to which parent.
Even though the theme of whose egg is whose is familiar, nevertheless it sets up all sorts of investigations for young children to follow. Stork, Crocodile and Parrot each mentions a particular characteristic that their baby will have to enable them to identify them so not only could the child predict what that might be, but they could also think about what might be the significant indicator for other creatures they know, such as a zebra having stripes, and maybe setting up a parent-child matching game. This could lead to them looking at themselves and their parents and seeing what of which they share.
More broadly they could start to develop their research skills by investigating which creatures hatch from eggs – clearly it’s not just birds. Chickens Aren’t the Only Ones was always my go-to text for this and the children were always fascinated with what they learned, often leading into questions about their own origins.
This is another story evolving from The Book Hungry Bears television show in which the main characters share picture books, hungry to learn all they can from those they settle down to share together, encouraging young readers to do the same and which is becoming one of my favourite series for young readers because of the places they can go because of their reading.