Wednesday, 9 April 2014

A New Beginning

Spring and Easter are just full of new and wonderful beginnings: trees are springing to life again, birds have returned, baby animals are being born... and we remember that 2,000 years ago a tomb had been found empty and the fulfillment of the promise of a new life had risen!

All About Eggs and How They Change Into Animals, by Millicent Selsam  A delightful little book.

Baby Birds and How They Grow, by Jane McCauley Gorgeous pictures show nests and baby birds!

How Chicks Are Born, by Bruce Grant Lovely, quaint illustrations tell younger kids about hens and their eggs (and their chicks growing inside them).

What's Hatching Out of That Egg? Patricia Lauber "What's hatching out of that egg? An ostrich? An alligator? Look at the photographs and read the text for clues."

Chickens Aren't the Only Ones, by Ruth Heller Colourful illustrations highlight the many creatures that lay eggs.

The Most Wonderful Egg in the World, by Helme Heine We've enjoyed the German version of this book (the original publication) for years  - chickens compete in a contest  - to lay the most unique egg for the king. Equally delightful in English.

Rechenka's Eggs, by Patricia Polacco  An elderly, Russian woman finds "miracle", when all over her lovingly crafted eggs seem lost. A story of friendship and caring.

The Egg Tree, by Katherine Milhous Kids enjoy an Easter hunt on a Pennsylvania Dutch farm. This book is sure to inspire little readers to make an egg tree of their very own. It was a special Easter tradition for me when I was growing up, and I still have some of the eggs that I painted as a little Kindergartener!

Scrambled Eggs, Super! By Dr. Seuss The search for eggs is on! Wildly funny story for kids in grades 1 - 3.

Legend of the Easter Egg, by Lori Walburg Christian-based legend of the Easter egg.

Now You Can Read Bible Stories... Wonderful Easter, by Leonard Matthews For kids in grades 1 - 3, nice, larger lettering.

The First Easter, by Rachel Billington Compelling retelling for kids in grades 2 - 6.

Tale of Three Trees, retold by Angela Elwell Hunt Classic tale of how three trees became involved in important events in the life of Jesus.

Easter, by Aileen Fisher About the history of Easter traditions, very well written, in the typical engaging style of this good author.

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