an egg is quiet

Module 11: An Egg is Quiet


Aston, D. (2006). An Egg is Quiet. California: Chronicle Books LLC


This informational book introduces eggs to the reader. It explains in poetic fashion, the purpose of an egg, different ways of keeping eggs warm, different variations of eggs and why those variations exist. It shows different eggs in different habitats, such as some being in a tree while others are on the beach. It explains how eggs are nourished within themselves to sustain life and how each part of the egg is important for the development of the animal that inhabits it.


This is a stunning book. The images and variations of eggs is beautiful and a delight to read. The poetic language is very pleasing as well and makes a subject about eggs one that is completely beautiful. This book stands out from a stylistic view and is ideal for younger elementary school readers. As far as using this book for research, it does not contain enough information to really research the subject of eggs significantly but it gives an introduction to how beautiful and unique eggs can be. It also provides a foundation of understanding of how eggs work, how they provide nutrition, and how they result in the birth of a baby animal. I also appreciate the different levels of text that are present in this book, starting with a large, italicized poetic statement, followed by smaller print with more information for older readers to discover.

Professional Reviews

This beautifully illustrated introduction to eggs resembles pages drawn from a naturalist’s diary. The text, scrolled out in elegant brown ink, works on two levels. Larger print makes simple observations that, read together, sound almost like poetry: “An egg is quiet. . . . An egg is colorful. An egg is shapely.” On each spread, words in smaller print match up with illustrations to offer more facts about bird and fish eggs across the animal spectrum. The illustrations are too detailed for read-alouds, but there’s a great deal here to engage children up close. The succinct text will draw young fact hounds, particularly fans of Steve Jenkins’ Biggest, Strongest, Fastest (1995) and his similar titles. Long’s illustrations are elegant and simple, and the gallery of eggs, as brilliantly colored and polished as gems, will inspire kids to marvel at animals’ variety and beauty. A spread showing X-ray views of young embryos growing into animal young makes this a good choice for reinforcing concepts about life cycles.

— Gillian Engberg


Engberg, G. (2006). [Review of An Egg is Quiet]. Booklists. Retrieved from:

Library Uses

This would be a wonderful book to incorporate in a themed story time about eggs. Its beautiful illustrations will please younger readers and the small text can be read for older story times. It would also be a fun felt board to make with the different egg types and different habitats that are shown.