The Egg Thief

Benjamin Franklin Awards 2017 Finalist: Children’s Picture Book (4-7 years)
Foreward INDIE 2017 Finalist: Picture Books

“Best Indie Book of 2016”
Kirkus

Young Georgie wakes up to a morning of chores back in 1920s Pennsylvania when he gets the bad news— someone has stolen all the eggs in the henhouse. The culprit is Buster, a stray dog who takes Georgie on an adventure to find more eggs. Follow Buster and Georgie and their mischievous antics in this heartwarming tale of farm life in America’s storied past.

Publication Date: April 5, 2016

Description

Benjamin Franklin Awards 2017 Finalist: Children’s Picture Book (4-7 years)
Foreward INDIE 2017 Finalist: Picture Books

“Best Indie Book of 2016”
Kirkus

“This Depression-era tale gently impacts lessons about persistence, honesty, and helping those in need.”
Foreword Reviews

“Gallegos’ wonderful, tonally perfect images expertly capture Buster’s moods, from looking appropriately shamefaced, his tail between his legs and his ears drooping, to feeling perky. The dog’s excitement, inventiveness, and loyalty to Georgie spring off the page. The pair’s facial expressions are also brilliantly executed in the artwork. The story’s hint about the importance of kindness resonates, especially in light of so many recent news reports about bullying. Adams (The Coal Thief, 2015, etc.) uses challenging, but perfectly appropriate, vocabulary words, like “squelched” for the sound of the mud on Georgie’s boots. The introduction of these words, the small text size, and the historical, rural setting in the illustrations (Georgie wears knickers; midcalf, lace-up boots; and a newsboy cap) may skew the audience to confident early elementary readers (grades two and three). A delightful take on the theme of a boy and his dog, full of detailed―and frequently funny―images and a valuable message about paying attention to the needs of your neighbors.”
Kirkus, starred review

About the Author

Alane Adams is a children’s author, professor, and literacy advocate. She is the author of the Legends of Orkney fantasy mythology series for tweens; she also writes Early American picture books for young children. Adams lives in Southern California.

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