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The Talking Eggs by Robert D. San Souci

The Talking Eggs

by Robert D. San Souci

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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 |
Creole story from Louisiana, echoes of Cinderella. A poor, lonely hard-working girl shows kindness to an old woman, who shows her a world of magically appearing food, dancing animals, and talking eggs. Because she follows the rules and is obedient (not greedy) she is rewarded with more riches from the talking eggs. When given the same chance with the magic old woman, her lazy sister experiences disaster when she can't reign in her selfish greed.
  lrubin75 | Oct 11, 2014 |
I clearly remember reading this in elementary school. It will be one of the books that I absolutely make sure that my children read. ( )
  wickedshizuku | May 12, 2014 |
The message of this story is to be kind and follow directions. Blanche was kind to the old woman and did everything exactly as she told her, even though she was tempted otherwise. Following the old woman’s directions rewarded Blanche with fine gifts. Her sister, Rose, did not follow directions and was chased by creatures. The plot of the story was very intriguing. The old woman told Blanche not to laugh at what she saw at her house, but I never expected there to be a cow with two heads or rainbow colored chickens. The story was very imaginative and captured my interest from start to finish. I also loved the illustrations of this book. The pictures were incredibly detailed and represented the text perfectly. This book was very interesting and enjoyable to read and showed a different cultural perspective on traditional fantasy. ( )
  EmilySadler | May 1, 2014 |
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Pinkney, JerryIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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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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