Whose Egg Is That? (Whose Is THAT?) (Hardcover)

Whose Egg Is That? (Whose Is THAT?) By Darrin Lunde, Kelsey Oseid (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Darrin Lunde, Kelsey Oseid (Illustrator)
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A nonfiction guessing game that explores the connections between an animal, its eggs, and its habitat.

Written by a mammalogist at the Smithsonian, this clever preschool page-turner pairs seven eggs with information about the animals' survival mechanisms, asking kids to guess which animal laid which egg. Whose Egg Is That? reveals the animals--ranging from penguins to platypuses--in their own habitats.

About the Author

Darrin Lunde worked for more than twenty years as a mammalogist at the American Museum of Natural History and is now the collection manager in the Division of Mammals at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History in Washington, DC. He's written several books for children, including the Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor book Hello, Bumblebee Bat, as well as Whose Poop Is That?; Whose Footprint Is That?; Hello, Baby Beluga; and Meet the Meerkat.

Kelsey Oseid illustrated Whose Poop Is That? and Whose Footprint Is That? She received her BA with honors in Visual Communications from Loyola University Chicago. She works in both traditional and digital media and often mixes the two to create her illustrations. www.kelzuki.com

Praise For…

Guess whose egg this is.

The format of this interactive introduction to egg identification is unchanged from previous titles in the series (Whose Footprint Is That?, 2019, etc.). On one spread, set against a blank background, the title question is asked, the egg is shown, and a clue—perhaps a part of the creature or a glimpse of its habitat—is given. Turn the page to find the answer along with a short paragraph of further information set on a full-bleed scene of the creature and its nest. Interestingly, birds are not the only animals featured; following robin, ostrich, penguin, and killdeer eggs, we see the fossilized egg of a dinosaur, a leatherback sea turtle’s egg buried in the sand, and even an egg belonging to a mammal—a platypus. The simple, two-level text (both using relatively large type) offers options for beginning readers; the images will show well to a group. The fun is in the puzzle, so those reading this aloud should be sure to give their audience time to react. For those intrigued by the subject, there are further facts on a final page. The creators’ choice of subjects is thoughtful, the information accurate, and the design appealing, making this a solid addition to a nature shelf even if it already includes Mia Posada’s Guess What Is Growing Inside this Egg? (2007). 

Egg-spect requests for more nature-themed puzzles like this. 

Kirkus Reviews

Lunde and Oseid’s third collaboration stays true to their successful formula, turning this nonfiction picture book into a guessing game that uses eggs to explore different species and teach larger lessons about the natural world. Spreads follow a pattern that young children will quickly grasp: the first spread asks a question (“Whose egg is that?”), the second shows a close-up of the egg, the third pans out and identifies the parent animal, and the fourth gives a few additional facts about the species. Oseid’s delicately rendered gouache illustrations provide visual hints. Each page-turn builds in details that reward the alert observer and teach much about the animals’ habitats and behaviors. Many young readers will be surprised and delighted to find that eggs come in an array of colors and sizes. Others will enjoy learning how not just birds, but also animals such as platypuses and leatherback sea turtles come from eggs. Pair this crowd pleaser with Aston and Long’s An Egg Is Quiet to foster children’s curiosity and observation of the world around them.

The Horn Book
Product Details
ISBN: 9781623543297
ISBN-10: 1623543290
Publisher: Charlesbridge
Publication Date: January 31st, 2023
Pages: 32
Language: English
Series: Whose Is THAT?