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The Talking Eggs by Robert D. San Souci

The Talking Eggs

by Robert D. San Souci

Other authors: Jerry Pinkney (Illustrator)

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I would use this book for "Making Predictions" and Compare and contrast it to another folktale like Mufaro's Daughters. Caldecott and ALA notable award winners
  JohnsonTam | Jul 25, 2015 |
This is a Cinderella story set in the old south, the rich Creole dialect and beautifully rendered illustrations make this story come alive.
  songshu | Jul 5, 2015 |
The Talking Eggs is about two sisters named Blanche and Rose. Blanche always followed directions while her sister Rose did not because her mother preferred Rose and didn't make her do any of the work. Blanche met the old woman and did as she said. The old woman gives Blanche great imaginative rewards for being kind such as jewels and clothing. Rose tries to receive the same rewards but doesn't give the old woman the same respect that Rose does and is not given rewards. This book holds a great message similar to that of Cinderella. Through hard work and kindness you are rewarded and complaining while not following directions earns you negative consequences.
  Kristinewaind | Jun 6, 2015 |
GREAT illustrations and a great story. It pulls you right in as you hope for good things for the young girl left to do all the work of her house. Fun to use with class if showing how different stories show up in different cultures, but in very different ways! ( )
  herethere | Mar 18, 2015 |
Blamche befriends an old creole lady and is kind and obedient to her. She is rewarded with eggs that turn into jewels, coins, and other finery. When her mom and sister find out, mom sends Rose out to get some for herself. Only Rose is bitter and laughs at the old woman. She takes eggs that she was told not to, and they turn into frogs and other nasty things. Moral is kindness rewards. Cute story that I would read during folk lore week, especially since the story is set in Louisiana. ( )
  rhigginbotham | Nov 24, 2014 |
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To Carol Tomas, whose friendship and support are constant in an inconstant world. - RSS
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Back in the old days there was a widow with two daughters named Rose and Blanche.
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Two sisters lived down Louisiana way long ago: Rose, who was unpleasant, mean, and the older of the two; and her younger sister, Blanche, who was "sweet and kind and sharp as forty crickets." Guess who has to do all the work for Rose and their mother? Blanche's kind and obedient nature finally pays off when she helps an old woman who has magical powers--and a chicken house full of talking eggs containing treasures for those who do as they're told: gold and silver, jewels, silk dresses, satin shoes, "even a handsome carriage that grew in a wink from the size of a matchbox...." Robert D. San Souci's lively, humorous retelling of this Creole folktale abounds with colorful expressions, and Jerry Pinkney's full-page illustrations make us believe in the marvels that Blanche finds, even the two-headed cow, square-dancing rabbits, and rainbow-colored chickens! This inspired collaboration, a 1989 Caldecott Honor Book, will delight young readers who like a captivating story with a strong heroine and a dash of mystery. (Ages 5 to 10) --Marcie Bovetz

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A Southern folktale in which kind Blanche, following the instructions of an old witch, gains riches, while her greedy sister makes fun of the old woman and is duly rewarded.

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