The Talking Eggs: A Folktale from the American South

Robert D. San Souci, Retold by, Jerry Pinkney, Illustrator Dial Books for Young Readers $16.99 (32p) ISBN 978-0-8037-0619-4
In this adaptation of a Creole folktale, Blanche is kind, loving and patient, but her older sister Rose takes after their mean, sneaky mother. One day Blanche befriends a hideous old ``aunty'' on a path near her home and is rewarded with magic eggs. Of course, Rose and the girls' mother are beside themselves with envy, and Rose sets out to snag some eggs of her own. But greedy Rose's cruel nature gets her into trouble. She torments the old lady, grabs the wrong eggs and ends up ``angry, sore and stung.'' Pinkney's exquisitely wrought illustrations are close cousins to those in his Caldecott Honor Book Mirandy and Brother Wind , with similar woodlands and soft farmyard settings of the rural South. When the magic begins, the witch takes off her head, dressed-up rabbits do the Virginia reel and eggs begin to chatter. There are some spectacular scenes here. Ages 4-8. (Sept.)
Reviewed on: 10/01/1989
Release date: 09/01/1989
Hardcover - 29 pages - 978-0-8037-0620-0
Paperback - 28 pages - 978-0-590-44189-6
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