32 pages, 8.85 × 6.93 × 0.12 in
November 17, 1998
Random House Children's Books
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0679893857
ISBN - 13: 9780679893851
From the Publisher
It's an extraordinary day on Pebble Island for three frogs when one of them discovers a beautiful white egg. They've never seen a chicken egg before, but they're sure that's what this must be. So when the egg hatches and out crawls a long green, scaly creature, they naturally call it . . . a chicken! From award winning-artist Leo Lionni, here's a hilarious case of mistaken identity that children are sure to delight in.
From the Jacket
Now in Dragonfly comes the tale of three colorful frogs. One finds a pebble. Another declares it a chicken egg. But what happens when a baby alligator hatches instead?
About the Author
Leo Lionni, an internationally known designer, illustrator, and graphic artist, was born in Holland and lived in Italy until he came to the United States in 1939. He was the recipient of the 1984 American Institute of Graphic Arts Gold Medal and was honored posthumously in 2007 with the Society of Illustrators’ Lifetime Achievement Award. His picture books are distinguished by their enduring moral themes, graphic simplicity and brilliant use of collage, and include four Caldecott Honor Books: Inch by Inch, Frederick, Swimmy, and Alexander and the Wind-Up Mouse. Hailed as “a master of the simple fable” by the Chicago Tribune, he died in 1999 at the age of 89.
From the Hardcover edition.
From Our Editors
If you discovered a beautiful white egg while out walking one day, you might well assume it’s a chicken egg. Until, of course, it hatches and out crawls a long, green scaly creature that looks like an alligator. But the three frogs on Pebble Island have never seen a chicken before, so when the alligator finally emerges from its shell, the frogs are certain it must be a chicken. Voted a School Library Journal best book of the year, An Extraordinary Egg is sure to brighten any child's day. The two activity pages at the end of the book are an added bonus.
"An eggs-traordinary treat from a master storyteller." —School Library Journal (Starred Review)
"Just the thing to lighten up a picture-book hour." —Kirkus Reviews (Starred Review)
"Kids will giggle at the frogs' repeated references to the friendly newborn as `the chicken.' They'll be even more tickled when the frogs chuckle at the `mother chicken' who, finally reunited with her offspring, greets her `sweet little alligator' . . . In his 40th book, Lionni is in typically fine form." —Publisher's Weekly