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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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This picture book is similar to Cinderella. It tells the story of two girl named Rose and Blanche. Rose is spoil and lazy, while Blanche is kind and hard-working. Blanche does all the work in the house while Rose and her mother do nothing. One day when Blanche went to fetch some water in the bucket and took too long, her mother and Rose scolded and hit Blanche. Blanche meets an old woman and did tasks as she was told. The old woman rewards Blanche for her hard work. The theme of this book is similar to Cinderella with what goes around comes around. The texture and visual art of light and dark color go hand-in-hand to make this folklore entertaining and fun to read.
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  jhcao20 | Jan 31, 2016 |
In life, internal beauty is a gift beyond measure. Sometimes what lives within an unappealing exterior can be the treasure one was looking for all along. Blanche proves this, while she herself has a heart so beautiful, she is unafraid and nonjudgmental of the unsightly findings on the old woman's land. While most would not have been so patient, she was able to look deeper and see the great kindness that lived within. This sense of true understanding, gave Blanche the opportunity to grow beyond the anguish of what her life had been before. This story epitomizes that when a person does good, good things happen and at the same time, when a person does bad things, bad things happen in return. A true sense of karma aided with imagery that embodies the storyline perfectly. The colors of the woods, the visual of the animals, and the textures all walk hand-in-hand with the written word. ( )
  dbuster | Jan 26, 2016 |
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 |
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Pinkney, JerryIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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To Carol Tomas, whose friendship and support are constant in an inconstant world. - RSS
To my granddaugher Charnelle - JP
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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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