Susanna Leonard Hill features Perfect Picture Book Friday on her blog. This is a wonderful resource if you are wondering what books to give as gifts, needing material for a lesson, and mainly just perfect for those who love to read picture books. Here is a list of books by category. This is very handy for finding books for lessons in the classroom, or for finding books on a particular topic to discuss with your children at home. Each book listed has a link to a review and information about that book. There is also an alphabetical list. This week, I have chosen The Cow That Laid An Egg for Perfect Picture Book Friday.
Written by Andy Cutbill and Illustrated by Russell Ayto
Themes: Insecurity, Jealousy, Animals
Brief Synopsis: (Little One Books) Marjorie is an insecure cow who wishes she had some special talent. She can’t ride a bicycle or do handstands like the other cows. Then one morning (thanks to a bunch of scheming chickens and a paintbrush), Marjorie is astonished to discover something extraordinary: she has laid an egg!
Resources: Unfortunately I did not find resources. But a good question for discussion would be: “Which do you think came first? The cow or the egg?”
Why I Like This Book: Marjorie see that the other cows have special talents. She has none and is feeling very down. But then she lays an egg which seems the most special of talents and draws attention from all directions. Although the other cows are very suspicious and suspect the chickens had something to do with this, Marjorie believes!!! The text and illustrations are hilarious. From the proud farmer, to the crafty chickens, to the disbelieving cows, to Majorie’s patient egg-warming positions, to the first word from Majorie’s baby’s mouth…Andy Cutbill and Russell Ayto make this a delightful read…and reread…and reread. Once you read The Cow That Laid An Egg you will want to rush to the bookstore or library and read the next one, The Cow That Was the Best Moo-ther. As for me, by doing this review, I have learned that there is a third book…First Week At Cow School. I know what book I want to read ASAP.