The Talking Eggs

The Talking Eggs:
A Folktale from the American South
by Robert San Souci

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A retelling of a Creole folktale about the dangers of greed. In the story, a young girl named Blanche befriends an old woman who, in gratitude, gives the girl magic eggs that grant wishes. When Blanche's cruel mother and sister find out about the eggs, the sister goes to the old woman's house to get eggs of her own, but her greed and unkindness to the old woman cause the eggs to bring about a very different result. Truthfully, this storyline has quite a few odd elements, but folktales often do, right?

Reading Stats
Interest Level:  K-Gr 3        D.R.A. Level: n/a
Reading Level:  age 4-8      Lexile Measure: AD940L

Great for teaching   
books set in Louisiana--Creole culture (Geography)
folk tales (Language Arts--Genre)

Awards & Rating

Caldecott Honor Book 1990
ALA Notable Book & Coretta Scott King Honor 1990
Booklist Children's Editors' Choice
 Parents' Choice Award Book
Avg Amazon Customer Rating:5 stars (21 reviews)
The Talking Eggs : A Folktale from the American South

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The Talking Eggs

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