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Eggs 1, 2, 3: Who Will the Babies Be?

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By Janet Halfmanneggg 1, 2, 3
Illustrated by Betsy Thompson
Blue Apple Books
ISBN: 978-1609051914 (Hardcover)
Ages 3 & up, nonfiction picture book

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Awards & Praise

Lupine Honor Book: Maine Library Association

Cybils Awards 2012 Finalist

Best 100 Children's Books for Reading and Sharing: New York Public Library

Gold Best Book Award: Oppenheim Toy Portfolio

The Story

Ten spreads with gatefolds and a culminating dramatic fold-out lead young readers from a single penguin egg to an ostrich's clutch of 10 eggs. Song-like, non-rhyming verses give clues as to who might hatch. The answer to the repeated refrain, "Who will the babies be?", is found beneath a flap. Besides discovering the animal baby or babies, kids also will pick up a lot of nature terminology and interesting facts about animals, their birthing environments, and habitats. 

The Story Behind the Story

I got the inspiration for this story when I was reseraching birds and was amazed by the great varieity in just bird eggs. That led me to research other animal eggs, which were equally intriguing!


Lupine Honor Book Award acceptance speech, talking about my inspiration.


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  • "A solid addition to the spring egg shelf." —Kirkus Reviews
  • "Using collage (art) the book reads like a counting version of Dianna Hutts Aston's An Egg is Quiet. In the text itself we see eveything from penguins to butterflies, examining where they lay their eggs and what they turn into. A fine, beautiful book." —Fuse # 8
  • "Young science and counting all in one charming book about the many creatures that hatch from eggs." —Oppenheim Toy Portfolio
  • "I love when I find a great new nonfiction picture bok that is perfect for young children. . . .This book is not only a nonfiction book—it has great, poetic language and it is also a counting book! . . . I like this book because it weaves in just the right amount of information about the eggs and the babies that hatch from them." —A Year of Reading
  • "This book is a fun book that teaches children not only about counting but about animals and their young. The pictures are bright and colorful and lots of fun. . .This book is a good teaching tool on several levels and could be enjoyed by chlilden ages 2+" —Gaga's Corner


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