Small Speckled Egg
by Mary Auld
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Pub Date 26 Mar 2024 | Archive Date 18 Dec 2023
Start Small, Think Big sets readers on a journey of discovery, beginning with small miracles of life and connecting them to the big picture of our natural world. Each book features a large fold-out illustration on the final pages.
Small Speckled Egg starts with an egg. The fluffy chick that emerges is an Arctic tern – one of the most remarkable creatures on the planet. The story of her life is told clearly and carefully in a way that builds understanding. The illustrations draw the reader into the tern’s world to watch her grow from chick to juvenile, and marvel at her long migration from the top of the world to the bottom and back again. It’s a journey she does every year of her life. The story ends with her meeting her lifelong mate and the 50 adorable chicks they have in their lifetime.
To make this a truly special elementary-science picture book, there is a big fold-out map; an illustrated lifecycle; big- thinking stats and facts, and an I-Spy to take young readers back into in the book to find the polar animals.
This book features a die cut hole in the cover and large fold-out poster at the back of the book.
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Start Small Think Big is a series of nonfiction books for children. Readers learn about the amazing Arctic Tern in this book. The life cycle of this interesting bird is presented in clear text with delightful illustrations. As an adult reader, I learned more than I ever knew about Arctic Terns and their incredibly long migrations.
What a beautiful book! It begins and ends with a small speckled egg, but in the middle is the life-cycle of an arctic tern, from egg to hatchling and young adult ready to fly. The tern flies from the top of the earth to the bottom and mates for life. The illustrations are engaging and accurate and the story is told in first-person-tern. I read the e-book but the physical book comes with two fold-out posters showing the entire life cycle of the arctic tern. Kids will find this story and the format engaging and informative. #netgalley