Thursday, March 12, 2015

Mother Chicken's Eggs

"It may be hard for an egg to turn into a bird: it would be a jolly sight harder for it to learn to fly while remaining an egg. We are like eggs at present. And you cannot go on indefinitely being just an ordinary, decent egg. We must be hatched or go bad." C.S. Lewis

About the Book

Everyone on MacDonald’s Farm is excited! Mother Chicken has laid three fine eggs with great hopes for the potential of each unique baby chick when they finally hatch! A brown egg with hard bumps and a white egg with black spots have much to overcome in choosing to peck through and hatch out of their shell. But, the warmth Mother Chicken provides, as she tenderly cares for her eggs on the nest, strengthens them to break free. They can now grow into greater things with all the gifts Farmer MacDonald showers upon them. Celebration ensues with much fanfare and a party as the new chicks take their useful place on the farm.

However, the smooth egg, whose shell should have been easiest to break through, refuses to budge. He “baulks” at the idea of moving beyond his comfort zone. Or, is it a prison? Whatever it is that he clings to inside his shell, it is not sufficient to sustain him in a lasting and fruitful manner. Everyone on the farm is grieved with shock and awe that a chick full of promise like his siblings would choose to remain hidden away from more abundant life, provision and purpose.

Will he suffer the consequences of his choice? What hope might the reader find at the conclusion of the story?

Parables and fables are stories designed to illustrate life lessons and moral truths. To get more out of the story, a Family Discussion Guide with a Bonus Idea for interactive follow-up is included in this quality, fine art picture book sure to be treasured by children of all ages.

Mother Chicken's Eggs Book Trailer

My Review

Mother Chicken's Eggs is a delightfully illustrated story with a message hidden inside its fun lyrical rhyme. It's a fable that teaches life lessons and one that can be enjoyed by all ages. There's even a discussion guide at the end of it to help explain and explore the deeper meanings further.

Amanda's favorite part of the rhyme was, "With a peck-peck here, and a peck-peck there, here a peck, there a peck, everywhere a peck-peck." It's a fun piece that gets repeated in the story. Amanda also liked the part where Mother Chicken protects her eggs. She didn't like the end, but that's because she has a kind heart and doesn't like bad things happening to others. It's certainly the kind of ending that will get discussions going.

This is a superb picture book and I highly recommend it for children and their parents, grandparents and teachers.


back cover author photo
Author: Kathryn Ross
Illustrator: Noah Berge

About the Author

Kathryn Ross is a writer/speaker/enrichment artist inspiring a love of God through the power of story! Delighting family-friendly audiences in Southern New Jersey, she ministers literacy and Christian living principles in schools, churches, women’s groups, community events, retreats, and conferences. Trained in Principle Approach Education, Miss Kathy has taught in Christian & home school settings, and is an independent publisher at Pageant Wagon Publishing—putting a host of her original stories, devotional works, teaching materials, and theatrical plays into print. She blogs at The Writer's Reverie. Learn more at Pageant Wagon Publishing.

Disclosure: I received a free digital copy of this book for my honest review.

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