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Daniel's Mystery Egg by Alma Flor Ada
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Daniel's Mystery Egg

by Alma Flor Ada

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This book would be good for teaching ELLs because it offers text in both English and Spanish. They could work on their comprehension by having both their first language to refer to when they do not understand.
  charlottetokle | Nov 21, 2011 |
My first reaction to the book was that it was odd to have a bilingual book in which the characters all had fairly pale skin. However, as I thought more about the style of illustration, I realized that this could be because all of the illustrations are done in pastel colors. The pale skinned characters do have variations in their skin tones, so it could be that the illustrator intended them to be of various ethnicities and it wasn't communicated well because of the general color range. The story is sweet and the text flows nicely both in English and Spanish. The texts do not always have the same literal meaning, but neither is one always more simplistic than the other. The variety of characters and animals make this an ideal book to read out loud, as monolingual speakers of either language will not have a hard time understanding the narration in the other language, if the reader is emotive and engaging.
  ssadar | Aug 13, 2010 |
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Gr. 1-2. Daniel finds a little egg, puts it in a box, and shows it to his friends as they come along. The children suggest one dangerous or inconvenient animal after another that might be inside the egg, but Daniel expects a small, nice, quiet pet. To the boy's great satisfaction, the egg hatches and a lizard emerges. Written with a simple vocabulary and growing sense of anticipation, this story will suit beginning readers well. Karas' stylized illustrations, collages of cut paper enhanced with drawing and painting, clearly delineate between the actual and imagined scenes. A pleasing entry in the Green Light Reader series. Carolyn Phelan
About the Illustrator
G. BRIAN KARAS has illustrated dozens of popular books, including Cinder-Elly and Sleepless Beauty by Frances Minters, Saving Sweetness and Raising Sweetness by Diane Stanley, and the HiRise Private Eyes beginning-reader series by Cynthia Rylant. He lives in Rhineback, New York.
For this book he used photos of Alma Flor’s grandson Daniel to illustrate the protagonist which Daniel inspired.
added by AlmaFlorAda | editBooklist, Carolyn Phelan
 
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Grade 1-2-An appealing story in which a boy finds a small white egg. He shows it to three friends, one at a time. Each child speculates as to what might be inside and how to help once it has hatched. After some waiting, what emerges is not an ostrich or an alligator or a duck, as his friends imagined, but a lizard, exactly the kind of animal Daniel predicted-"small, nice, and quiet." Karas's collages cover three-fourths of each spread or page and are either above or below the text. Most are in full color, with the exceptions being the illustrations that represent what the three imagine is in the egg. Those pictures are more muted and depict the kids peeking over the edges of the scenes. With large-sized type, short sentences, repeated words and phrases, and plenty of illustrations, this book is just right for beginning readers.
Kathleen Simonetta, Indian Trails Public Library District, Wheeling, IL
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Daniel finds an egg. What kind of animal will this mystery egg hatch? Imaginations run wild as the kids in Daniel’s class guess what sort of surprise the egg has in store.

Teachers comment that this is an excellent book to practice prediction, since Daniel’s friends are actually predicting which animal may hatch from the surprising egg. Of course they are also enjoying it as a book to talk about animals who hatch from eggs.

Some teachers have paired this book with another of Alma Flor’s books Who’s Hatching Here? / ¿Quién nacerá aquí?
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0152048456, Paperback)

Daniel finds an egg. What kind of animal will this mystery egg hatch? Imaginations run wild as the kids in Daniel’s class guess what sort of surprise the egg has in store.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:16:07 -0400)

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When he finds an egg, Daniel and his friends try to guess what is inside.

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