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The Talking Eggs

by Robert D. San Souci

Other authors: Jerry Pinkney (Illustrator)

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I liked this book for several reasons. First, the language was extremely descriptive and well organized which enhances the story. For example describing the chickens' nests the author says, "When Blanche got to the little chicken house, she found all the nests filled with eggs. Half were gold or silver or covered with jewels; half looked no different than the eggs she got from her chickens back home." Second, the illustrations were appropriate to the mood of the story. For example, when Blanche is getting all the treasure the illustrator uses "happy" colors; however, when Rose threw her eggs it was "sad" colors such as blues and grays. The message of this story was my favorite. The main message is that being kind pays off. Blanche is more kind than her sister and gets rewarded for it. ( )
  lducke3 | Feb 24, 2016 |
The Talking Eggs is a Creole Folklore about being kind and selfless. It's about a little girl named Blanche who must do all of the work around the house while her mother and sister sit and do nothing but fan themselves and dream about being rich. One day, Blanche is kind to an old woman who gives her gifts for being kind, not judging, and following directions. When the older sister also tries to get gifts from the old woman, it backfires.

The story reminded me very much of Cinderella except with Cajun overtones. The language is lively and metaphorical, making it a fun and easy read. ( )
  NRedler | Feb 18, 2016 |
The language in this book is very conversational, like a story being told by an old aunt or grandmother. The theme of The Talking Eggs is full of life lessons. The first lesson is be kind to strangers. Rose being kind to the old lady in the woods was the first step to helping her. The second lesson is always do not judge what you do not understand. When the old lady gave rose a small bone for soup, it turned into a great stew, and when she gave her a grain of rice, it turned into a whole bowl. The overall lesson is do what you are told. When Rose was told to take only the eggs that said "take me", she did what she was told and the eggs held great riches for her, but when her sister tried to take the fancy eggs, they turned into animals and chased her away. By being kind and following directions, Rose was able to break free from her mean mother and sister and find a life all her own. ( )
  amberloposser | Feb 17, 2016 |
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 |
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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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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0803706197, Hardcover)

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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